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Tune ID#1664 (Reel of Rio)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Reel of Rio about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording ST BST (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):
Reel of Rio, The / Reel of Rio / The Road to Rio / The Rockey Road / McCollam's Fancy (1st in set Josies Favourites on KHys 1; 2nd in set The Old School House on KCB 6) (presumably accidentally titled on OHrth as The Reel of Bogie) (also in F) (compare #4609) (composed by Seán Ryan)
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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).
~197112#1
~19712.8#2
~19712#2
[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: Kevin Loughlin (accordion).
~19745#2
[KCB 3] [The Kilfenora Ceili Band]. [The Kilfenora Céilí Band].
~19861.3#2
[MMulv 2] Martin Mulvihill. The Humors of Glin. Martin Mulvihill (fiddle). For this tune: with Donie (flute).
19883#2
[GFA] The Green Fields of America. Live in Concert. Mick Moloney (banjo, mandolin, guitar, tres, vocals), Robbie O'Connell (guitar, vocals), Jimmy Keane (piano accordion, synthesizers, vocals), Eileen Ivers (fiddle), Seamus Egan (pipes, flute, whistle, bodhrán, tres). For this tune: Mick Moloney (mandolin).
20015#1
[KHys 1] Kitty Hayes. A Touch of Clare. Kitty Hayes (concertina).
~200215#2
[BRny 2] Brian Rooney. Leitrim to London. Brian Rooney (fiddle, accordion).
~20021#1
[CaBrdg] Niall and Cillian Vallely. Callan Bridge. Niall Vallely (concertina), Cillian Vallely (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (concertina), (pipes).
~20023#2
[KCB 6] The Kilfenora Céilí Band. Live in Lisdoonvarna. Anne Rynne (fiddle), Conor McCarthy (accordion), Garry Shannon (flute), Tim Collins (concertina), Sheila Garry (fiddle), Fintan McMahon (piano), Anne Marie McCormack (fiddle), John Lynch (banjo), Sean Griffin (drums), Anthony Quigney (flute).
~20046#2
[OHrth] Mary Mac Namara, Andrew Mac Namara. Open Hearth. Mary Mac Namara (concertina), Andrew Mac Namara (accordion).
~20061#2
[MSHtn 2] Matt and Shannon Heaton. Blue Skies Above. Shannon Heaton (flute, whistle, vocals), Matt Heaton (guitar, bouzouki, mandola, bodhrán, vocals).
20077#2
[KHys 2] Kitty Hayes. Remembered. In Concert in Glór and Bantry House. Kitty Hayes (concertina). For this tune: with Martin Hayes (fiddle).
~20075#4
[KB ABR] Kevin Burke and Cal Scott. Across the Black River. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Cal Scott (guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, mountain dulcimer). For this tune: with Johnny B. Connolly (accordion), Michael McGoldrick (flute).
200810#5
[LRCB] Lough Ree Ceili Band. Keep 'er Lit. Live from Spanish Point. Johnnie Duffy (banjo), Brendan Doyle (accordion), Liz Ryan (piano), Colin Butler (drums).
~20126#3
[MORDOM] Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh and Danny O' Mahony. As It Happened. Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina), Danny O' Mahony (accordion). For this tune: Danny (accordion).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

3522not sure what happened
Played afterOn Albums
Green Mountain
KCB 3, KCB 6, KHys 2
Jackie Coleman's
FTIM, 4IC
Flower of the Flock
MMulv 2
Maids of GalwayGFA
O'Reilly's Greyhound
BRny 2
Reel of Rio
OHrth
Thady Casey's Fancy
MSHtn 2
Seán sa Cheo
KB ABR
Last Night's Fun
LRCB
Mullingar Races
MORDOM
Played beforeOn Albums
Sean McGuire's
FTIM, 4IC
Maud Miller
KHys 1, KHys 2
Charlie Mulvihill's Reel
KCB 3, KCB 6
Traveller
ST BST
Coyne's
GFA
All Round the Room
CaBrdg
Paddy Ryan's Dream
KB ABR
Gravel Walks
LRCB

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 #42 in volume 1 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As reel #125 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 28 of [T] Fintan Vallely. Timber. The Flute Tutor. 2nd Edition. [available]
On page 25 of [SR] Brian Ryan. The Hidden Ireland. The First Selection of Irish Traditional Compositions of Seán Ryan. [available]
As tune #17 in [DM 2] Dave Mallinson. 100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 326 of [CITM] Fintan Vallely. The Companion to Irish Traditional Music. [available]
As reel #292 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #57 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [available]
On page 100 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [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): 1971