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Tune ID#1636 (Rainy Day)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Rainy Day about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording SE 5 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Rainy Day, The / A Rainy Day / An Lá Báistí / An Lá Báistî / Molloys (mislabeled as The Merry Blacksmith on SE 4; 1st in set The Names I've Forgotten on MR 10; 3rd in set Anne Marie's on KCB 5; 3rd in set Mullheres on PRynne 1; 1st in set The Rainy Day on Yanks 2) (also in B; wide range of settings are played today) (compare Peter Flanagan's #1572; compare 2nd part with 2nd part of Concert Reel #372)
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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).
~19471.1#1
~195616#1
[Rnys] The Raineys. The Raineys. Paddy Rainey (fiddle), Stephen Rainey (fiddle), Bridie 'Biddy' Rainey (vocals).
19682.25#1
[MGm] Michael Gorman. The Sligo Champion. The Fiddle Music of County Sligo. Michael Gorman (fiddle, vocals).
19731.8#1
[BnkShn] Paddy O'Brien, Séamus Connolly. The Banks of the Shannon. Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Séamus Connolly (fiddle).
19742.23#1
[MR 10] Micho Russell. Rarities and Old Favorites 1949-1993. Micho Russell (whistle, flute, vocals). For this tune: (Eb whistle).
19757#2
[BB 1] The Bothy Band. 1975. The First Album. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Matt Molloy (flute, whistle), Tommy Peoples (fiddle), Donal Lunny (bouzouki, vocals), Tríona Ni Dhomhnaill (harpsichord, bodhrán, vocals), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (guitar, vocals). For this tune: Paddy Keenan (pipes), then Tommy Peoples (fiddle), then band.
197712#1
[MBP] Matt Molloy, Paul Brady, Tommy Peoples. Matt Molloy. Paul Brady. Tommy Peoples. Matt Molloy (flute), Paul Brady (guitar, vocals), Tommy Peoples (fiddle). For this tune: Paul Brady (guitar).
~19771#1
[SE 4] Séamus Ennis. Forty Years of Irish Piping. Seamus Ennis (pipes except where whistle or vocals noted). For this tune: (C# pipes).
~19789#1
[SE 5] Seamus Ennis. The Fox Chase. Seamus Ennis (pipes). For this tune: (C# pipes).
~19796#3
[MB 1] Mary Bergin. Feadóga Stáin. Traditional Irish Music on the Tin Whistle. Mary Bergin (whistle). For this tune: (D whistle).
199310#1
[MoD] Tony Mac Mahon, Noel Hill, Iarla Ó Lionáird. Music of Dreams. Tony Mac Mahon (accordion), Noel Hill (concertina), Iarla Ó Lionáird (vocals). For this tune: Noel (concertina).
~19963#2
[SWlsh 3] Seamus Walshe. Clare Accordion. Seamus Walshe (accordion). For this tune: with Brendan Larrissey (fiddle).
~19977#3
[KCB 5] The Kilfenora Céili Band. Set on Stone. Aidan McMahon (fiddle), Anne Marie McCormack (fiddle), Anne Rynne (fiddle), Garry Shannon (flute), Anthony Quigney (flute), Conor McCarthy (accordion), John Lynch (banjo), Tim Collins (concertina), Fintan McMahon (piano), Sean Griffin (drums), Paul O'Driscoll (double bass).
~200415#1
[OMcD 1] Oisín Mac Diarmada. Ar an bhFidil. Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle, whistle).
~20042#3
[PRynne 1] Pádraig Rynne. Bye a While. Pádraig Rynne (concertina).
~200511#2
[MulcFam2] Mick, Louise & Michelle Mulcahy. Notes from the Heart. Mick Mulcahy (accordion, melodeon), Louise Mulcahy (flute, pipes), Michelle Mulcahy (fiddle, concertina, harp, piano). For this tune: Michelle (Eb concertina).
~200513#3
[CDrny 4] Chris Droney. Down from Bell Harbour. Chris Droney (concertina).
~20051.10#1
[WFO 3] Wooden Flute Obsession 3. Nicolas Buckmelter (flute).
~20083#1
[BMc 2] Billy McComiskey. Outside the Box. Billy McComiskey (accordion).
20097#1
[Hmmrs] The Hammers. From Distant Shores. Paul Hammer (mandolin, banjo), Susan Hammer (whistle, concertina). For this tune: (C whistle).
~20138#1
[DPower 3] David Power. The Eighteen Moloney. David Power (B pipes).
20141.6#1
[Yanks 2] The Yanks. Haymaker. Dan Gurney (accordion), Dylan Foley (fiddle, whistle), Sean Earnest (guitar, bouzouki), Isaac Alderson (flute, pipes, tenor saxophone, whistle). For this tune: (B pipes), fiddle.

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Holy Land
KCB 5, CDrny 4
Navvy on the Line
BB 1
Gerry Commane's
MB 1
Salamanca
SWlsh 3
Pinch of Snuff
PRynne 1
Lady Gordon
MulcFam2
Played beforeOn Albums
Merry Blacksmith
SE 4, MoD
Jolly Tinker
Rnys
Grand Canal
MBP
Tear the Calico
SE 5
Captain Kelly
BnkShn
Union Reel
MR 10
Trip to Durrow
OMcD 1
Barr na Cúille
MulcFam2
New-Mown Meadows
WFO 3
Man of the House
BMc 2
Ah Surely
Hmmrs
Flowers of Limerick
DPower 3
Mary McMahon
Yanks 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 #1196 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #473 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #29 in [SIMB] Tony Sullivan. Sully's Irish Music Book. [available]
As reel #278 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #17 in [DM 4] Dave Mallinson. 100 Vital Irish Session Tunes. [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): 1903