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Tune ID#165 (Blackbird)

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Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Blackbird, The / The Black Bird / An Lon Dubh / An Londubh (1st in set The Blackbird on JnKlly, BB 3, and BB 5) (compare air #163 and as set dance #164)
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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).
~19042.13#1
196028#1
[FCssdy] Frank Cassidy. Níl Gar Ann! Frank Cassidy (fiddle).
19654#1
[TMC] Joe Burke, Andy McGann, and Felix Dolan. A Tribute to Michael Coleman. Joe Burke (accordion), Andy McGann (fiddle), Felix Dolan (piano). For this tune: Andy McGann (fiddle).
~196910#1
[SatG] Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford. The Star above the Garter. Fiddle music from Kerry, played by Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford. Denis Murphy (fiddle), Julia Clifford (fiddle). For this tune: Denis Murphy.
19712#1
[TPtts] Tommy Potts. The Liffey Banks. Tommy Potts (fiddle).
~19732.5#1
~19748#1
[SE 3] Séamus Ennis. The Wandering Minstrel. Seamus Ennis (pipes). For this tune: (C# pipes).
~197414#1
197519#1
[JnKlly] John Kelly. Irish Traditional Concertina and Fiddle Music. John Kelly (concertina, fiddle). For this tune: (fiddle).
~197510#1
[PK 1] Paddy Keenan. Paddy Keenan. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes).
19777#1
[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: Paddy Keenan (pipes).
19773#1
[BB 5] The Bothy Band. The Best of the Bothy Band.
~197827#1
[ItS] In the Smoke. John Doonan (piccolo).
~19957#1
[Whr] Paddy Glackin and Robbie Hannan. The Whirlwind. Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Robbie Hannan (pipes). For this tune: Paddy (fiddle).
~20078#1
[TAM] Joe Burke, Brian Conway and Felix Dolan. A Tribute to Andy McGann. Joe Burke (accordion), Brian Conway (fiddle), Felix Dolan (piano). For this tune: Joe (accordion).
~200810#1
[TDeM] Tony DeMarco. The Sligo Indians. Tony DeMarco (fiddle).
~20127#1
[TnGmMss] Mick O'Brien, Emer Mayock, Aoife Ní Bhriain. Tunes from the Goodman Manuscripts. Mick O'Brien (pipes, flute, whistle), Emer Mayock (flute, whistle), Aoife Ní Bhriain (fiddle). For this tune: Mick (pipes).

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In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played beforeOn Albums
Blackbird
TMC, SE 3, GP, PK 1, BB 3, BB 5, ItS
Blackbird
JnKlly, Whr

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 #199 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #200 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #201 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #56 in volume 1 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [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