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Irish Traditional Music Tune Index
Tune ID#1583 (Pinch of Snuff)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Pinch of Snuff about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording KB Cap (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel48ABCDEFD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Pinch of Snuff, The / The Humours of Swanlinbar / The Wise Maid (popular and simplified version of #1290. The difference is defined here as this version's focus on key changes between otherwise repetitive parts)
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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).
~19788#3 (2:55)
[KB Cap] Kevin Burke. If the Cap Fits. Kevin Burke (fiddle).
~199716#1
[CBt] Celtic Beat. Traditional Music from Ireland. Brian McAteer (fiddle).
200016#2
[ACB 1] The Abbey Céilí Band. Bruach an tSuláin. Ger Murphy (accordion), Andrew O'Connell (fiddle), Liam Forde (banjo), Micheál Creedon (bass, keyboards).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
College Groves
KB Cap
Tam Lin
ACB 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Earl's Chair
KB Cap
Gravel Walks
CBt

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 #37 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 85 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #112 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #230 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [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): 1978