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Tune ID#1566 (Trip to Birmingham)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Trip to Birmingham about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JsMcD (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):
Trip to Birmingham / An Turas go Birmingham / Josie McDermott's / Josie McDermott's Reel / Ríl Sheosaimh Mhic Dhiarmada / Josie McDermott / Josie McDermoth's / Josie McDevmott's / McDermott's / McDermot's / The Pile of Bricks / Peg McGrath / Dinny O'Brien's / The Cornerhouse / The Priest's Leap (compare Teresa Halpin's #4083 and more distantly Corner House #396) (composed by Josie McDermott)
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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).
~197412#1
[KCB 3] [The Kilfenora Ceili Band]. [The Kilfenora Céilí Band].
~19752.13#1
~19757#1
[4IC] Joe Burke, Finbarr Dwyer, Kevin Loughlin, John Whelan. Pure Irish Traditional Accordion. Session with Four Irish Champions. Joe Burke (accordion), Finbarr Dwyer (accordion), Kevin Loughlin (accordion), John Whelan (accordion). For this tune: John Whelan (accordion).
19769#2
[JsMcD] Josie McDermott. Darby's Farewell. Josie McDermott (flute, whistle, vocals). For this tune: (flute).
~19767#1
[MM 1] Matt Molloy. Matt Molloy. Matt Molloy (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
1978B.4#1
[ECahill] Eddie Cahill. Ah! Surely. Eddie Cahill (flute).
~19862.1#1
[MMulv 2] Martin Mulvihill. The Humors of Glin. Martin Mulvihill (fiddle). For this tune: with Donie (Eb flute).
~19996#1
[CODnl 1] Colm O'Donnell. Farewell to Evening Dances. Colm O'Donnell (flute, whistle, vocals). For this tune: (flute).
~20022.6#1
[MSCB] Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton (accordion), Caroline Tubridy (fiddle), Pat Curtin (flute), Brian Morgan (flute), Ralph Morgan (banjo), George Byrt (piano), Martin Garrihy (drums).
~20031#1
[KitRec] Seán O'Driscoll and Larry Egan. The Kitchen Recordings. Seán O'Driscoll (banjo, bouzouki), Larry Egan (accordion).
~20065#1
[JasCt] James Carty. Upon My Soul. James Carty (flute). For this tune: (F flute), with John Carty (banjo).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Doonagore
JsMcD
Played beforeOn Albums
Speed the Plough
KCB 3, MSCB
Down the Broom
ECahill, KitRec
Bunch of Green Rushes
FTIM, 4IC
Martin Ainsboro's
MM 1
Crowley's No. 1
MMulv 2
Darby's Farewell to London
JasCt

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 #9 in volume 2 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #26 in volume 2 of [LPTW] Eithne Vallely. Learn to Play the Tin Whistle. [available]
As tune #169 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
As tune #315 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As tune #41 in [DM 3] Dave Mallinson. 100 Evergreen Irish Session Tunes. [available]
As reel #272 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): 1974