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Irish Traditional Music Tune Index
Tune ID#162 (Blackbird)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Blackbird about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JnKlly (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBD Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Blackbird, The / An Lon Dubh (2nd in set The Blackbird on JnKlly; 3rd in set The Blackbird on BB 3 and BB 5; 1st in set An Londubh on KLO) (also 1st part singled) (also described as barn dance, set dance, or reel) (quite similar to The Stranger #1842; also compare set dance #164)
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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).
197519#2
[JnKlly] John Kelly. Irish Traditional Concertina and Fiddle Music. John Kelly (concertina, fiddle). For this tune: (fiddle).
19777#3
[BB 3] The Bothy Band. Out of the Wind into the Sun. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Matt Molloy (flute, whistle), Kevin Burke (fiddle), Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill (vocals, keyboards), Dónal Lunny (bouzouki, guitar, bodhrán, synthesizer), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (guitar). For this tune: 1st time Kevin Burke (fiddle).
19773#3
[BB 5] The Bothy Band. The Best of the Bothy Band.
~19957#2
[Whr] Paddy Glackin and Robbie Hannan. The Whirlwind. Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Robbie Hannan (pipes). For this tune: Paddy (fiddle).
~20011#2
[Beg 2] Beginish. Stormy Weather. Brendan Begley (accordion, vocals), Noel O'Grady (bouzouki), Paul McGrattan (flute, whistle), Gavin Ralston (guitar, keyboards), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle).
~20034#2
[CarbQ 1] Angelina Carberry and Martin Quinn. Angelina Carberry and Martin Quinn. Angelina Carberry (banjo), Martin Quinn (accordion, melodeon).
~200311#1
[KLO] Mick O'Brien agus Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. Kitty Lie Over. Mick O'Brien (pipes, whistle), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle, whistle). For this tune: (Bb pipes), (fiddle).
201415#1
[LfAllChk] Nathan Gourley and Laura Feddersen. Life Is All Checkered. Nathan Gourley (fiddle, guitar), Laura Feddersen (fiddle). For this tune: Nathan (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Blackbird
JnKlly, Whr
Blackbird
BB 3, BB 5
Thadelo Sullivan's
Beg 2
First of May
CarbQ 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Blackbird
JnKlly
Corn Rigs
Beg 2
Donald Blue
KLO
Road to Garrison
LfAllChk

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 reel #15 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): 1975