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Tune ID#1499 (Paddy Fahy's Reel)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Paddy Fahy's Reel about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording SRyan C (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Minor
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Paddy Fahy's Reel / Ríl Phaddy Fahy / Paddy Fahey's / Paddy Fahey's No. 1 / Fahy's Reel / Ríl an Fhathaigh / Fahy's / Paddy Cronin's (2nd in set Destitution on EI 2; 2nd in set Paddy Fahy's Reels on JKn 3; 2nd in set Three Compositions of Paddy Fahey on Fngl 1) (compare Jug of Punch #1982) (composed by Paddy Fahy)
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Here are all recordings of this tune considering only the indexed recordings. I have discovered by careful listening that these sources are in fact musically the same tune, regardless of the tune titles they use, key changes, retuning, etc.

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Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
19671.1#1
~19766#2
[KClns 1] Kathleen Collins. Traditional Music of Ireland. Kathleen Collins (fiddle).
~199315#2
[JKn 3] James Keane. That's the Spirit. James Keane (accordion).
19958#2
[EI 2] Eileen Ivers. Wild Blue. Eileen Ivers (fiddle), John Doyle (guitar), Tom 'T-Bone' Wolk (organ, accordion, guitar, bass), Ben Wittman (drums), Kimati Dinizulu (percussion).
~199516#2
[Arc 2] Arcady. Many Happy Returns. Johnny McDonagh (bones, bodhrán, triangle), Nicholas Quemener (guitar, flute, whistle, vocals), Patsy Broderick (piano, keyboards), Conor Keane (accordion), Brendan Larrissey (fiddle), Niamh Parsons (vocals).
19982#2
[LMlltt 1] Larry Mallette and Friends. 'Til Time Is No More. Larry Mallette (flute, whistle). For this tune: John Liestman (banjo), Larry Mallette (C whistle), Diehl Moran (fiddle).
19999#3
[MCnnly] Mick Conneely. Selkie. Mick Conneely (fiddle, bouzouki). For this tune: Mick Senior (fiddle).
200714#4
[AbsIr] Absolutely Irish. Eileen Ivers (fiddle).
~20086#2
[Fngl 1] Fingal. Fingal. James Keane (accordion), Randal Bays (fiddle), Dáithí Sproule (guitar, vocals).
20168#1
[ACwMoss] Alison Perkins and Nicolas Brown. All Covered with Moss. Alison Perkins (fiddle, vocals), Nicolas Brown (B pipes, B flute). For this tune: Alison (fiddle).

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In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Sergeant Early's Dream
KClns 1, LMlltt 1, MCnnly
Paddy Fahy's Reel
JKn 3, Fngl 1
Destitution
EI 2
Paddy Ryan's Dream
Arc 2
Paddy Fahey's #25
AbsIr
Played beforeOn Albums
Paddy Fahy's
JKn 3, Fngl 1
Boys of the Lough
SRyan C
Star of Munster
EI 2
Pigeon on the Gate
Arc 2
Julia Delaney
LMlltt 1
Mullingar Races
MCnnly
Boys of Malin
AbsIr
Maids in the Meadow
ACwMoss

Bibliography

Here are all transcriptions of this tune considering only the indexed books, listed in chronological order. I have discovered by careful comparison that these are musical matches to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #32 in volume 2 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On page 95 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #122 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
As tune #53 in [LPF] Eithne and Brian Vallely. Learn to Play the Fiddle with Armagh Pipers Club. [available]
As reel #258 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]

If you are considering using the above transcriptions to help you learn this tune, I invite you to check these practical Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music. See also: So why do you bother indexing books and abc?

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1967