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Tune ID#1508 (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 JKn 3 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBG Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Paddy Fahy's Reel / Paddy Fahy's / Fahey's / The London Fahey (1st in set Paddy Fahy's Reels on SotC and on JKn 3; 2nd in set Hendon Road on ECoy 1; 1st in set Three Compositions of Paddy Fahey on Fngl 1) (composed by Paddy Fahy aka Paddy Fahey)
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Discography cd

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).
~197613#1
[SotC] Armagh Pipers Club. Armagh Pipers' Club [Song of the Chanter]. Disc 10 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music. Paul Davis (concertina, flutes, harmonica), Eithne Vallelly (fiddle), Pat Daly (harp), Brian Vallelly (pipes, whistle, flute), Niall Vallelly (bodhran). For this tune: Paul Davis (C concertina).
~199315#1
[JKn 3] James Keane. That's the Spirit. James Keane (accordion).
~20027#2
[ECoy 1] Éamonn Coyne. Through the Round Window. Éamonn Coyne (banjo, guitar, mandolin). For this tune: with Tom Morrow (fiddle).
200313#2
[LLses 2] The London Lasses and Pete Quinn. Track Across the Deep. Karen Ryan (fiddle, whistle), Elaine Conwell (fiddle), Dee Havlin (flute, whistle), Maureen Linane (accordion), Kathleen O'Sullivan (vocals).
~20086#1
[Fngl 1] Fingal. Fingal. James Keane (accordion), Randal Bays (fiddle), Dáithí Sproule (guitar, vocals).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Hendon Road
ECoy 1
Fisherman's Lilt
LLses 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Paddy Fahy's Reel
JKn 3, Fngl 1
Paddy Fahy's
SotC
New Custom House Reel
ECoy 1
Mary McMahon
LLses 2

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 #34 in volume 3 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #43 in [P50] Brian and Eithne Vallely. Play 50 Reels. [available]
As reel #4 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [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): 1974