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Tune ID#1517 (Patrick's Night)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Patrick's Night about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording CTL 3 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Patrick's Night / 'Patrick's Night / St. Patrick's Night / Oíche Lá 'le Pádraig / St. Patricks Night / Paddy O'Brien's / The Happy Man / An Fear Sásta (composed by Paddy O'Brien the elder, of Tipperary)
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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).
~19883#3
[SCnly 1] Séamus Connolly. Notes from My Mind. Séamus Connolly (fiddle).
~19928#1
[CTL 3] Cherish the Ladies. The Back Door. Mary Coogan (guitar, banjo), Siobhan Egan (fiddle, bodhrán), Eileen Golden (feet), Winifred Horan (fiddle, feet), Maureen Doherty Macken [Mary Rafferty] (accordion, flute), Joanie Madden (flute, whistle), Cathie Ryan (vocals), Linnane Wick (feet). For this tune: Joanie Madden (Eb whistle).
~199314#2
[CPO] Eileen O'Brien and Willie Fogarty. The Compositions of Paddy O'Brien. Eileen O'Brien (fiddle), Willie Fogarty (accordion).
~199514#1
[CDrny 3] Chris Droney. The Fertile Rock. Chris Droney (accordion).
20011#2
[KHys 1] Kitty Hayes. A Touch of Clare. Kitty Hayes (concertina).
~200215#1
[MaRaf] Mary Rafferty. Hand-Me-Downs. Mary Rafferty (accordion, concertina, flute, whistle). For this tune: (accordion).
~20051.5#2
[WFO 3] Wooden Flute Obsession 3. Geraldine McNamara (flute).
20141#1
[Unfldg] Unfolding. Young Music from East Clare. Sorcha Costello (fiddle), Aisling Hunt (accordion).
~201414#2
[BorTr] The Boruma Trio. Gléas. Andrew MacNamara (accordion), Eileen O'Brien (fiddle), Geraldine Cotter (whistle, piano).
~201421#1
[NnNCsd] Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha. Draoícht na Feadóige. Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha (flute, whistle). For this tune: with Tommy Mellett (accordion), Johnny Óg Connolly (accordion), Meaití Jó Shéamuis Ó Fátharta (pipes).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Four-Leafed Shamrock
CPO, BorTr
Ownie Davy's
SCnly 1
Touch Me If You Dare
KHys 1
Splendid Isolation
WFO 3
Played beforeOn Albums
Toss the Feathers
CTL 3
Fox on the Prowl
CDrny 3
Sally Gardens
KHys 1
Eddie Moloney's
MaRaf
Holly Bush
Unfldg
Iniscealtra
NnNCsd

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.
On page 270 of [CITM] Fintan Vallely. The Companion to Irish Traditional Music. [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): 1988