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Tune ID#1665 (Reel with the Birl)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Reel with the Birl about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MR 6 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBE Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Reel with the Birl, The / The Reel with the Birl in It / Reel with the Birl / The Reel with the Beryl / Reel with the Beryl / The Reel with the Beryle / The Reel with the Burl / Tom Clair's Maggie / Drowsy Maggie / Drowsey Maggie / The Lady's Bonnet / The Ladies' Bonnet / Craith na Cleiteacha / Toss the Feathers (also singled, also in A or D) (compare 1st part with 1st part of Toss the Feathers #1957 and with 1st part of Drowsy Maggie #545)
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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).
19601#2
[ECr] Elizabeth Crotty. Concertina Music from West Clare. Elizabeth Crotty (concertina).
~196718#1
[PKlly] Patrick Kelly. Patrick Kelly From Cree. Fiddle Music. Patrick Kelly (fiddle).
~19774#1
[FG 1] Frankie Gavin and Alec Finn. Frankie Gavin and Alec Finn. Frankie Gavin (fiddle, whistle), Alec Finn (bouzouki).
~197811#2
[Ch 8] The Chieftains. 8. Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Seán Potts (whistle), Seán Keane (fiddle), Martin Fay (fiddle, bones), Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Derek Bell (harp, tiompán), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán).
~19935#2
[MR 6] Micho Russell. The Limestone Rock. Micho Russell (whistle).
~19932.15#2
[WFO 1] Wooden Flute Obsession. Micho Russell (Eb flute).
~19945#2
[MMcNmr 1] Mary MacNamara. Traditional Music from East Clare. Mary MacNamara (concertina). For this tune: (C#/G# concertina), with Martin Hayes (fiddle).
~19955#3 (2:21)
[JW 1] John Williams. John Williams. John Williams (accordion, concertina). For this tune: (concertina), with Micho Russell (whistle).
19976#2
[MH 3] Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill. The Lonesome Touch. Martin Hayes (fiddle), Dennis Cahill (guitar).
~19988#3
[BG 5] Bobby Gardiner. The Clare Shout. Bobby Gardiner (melodeon, lilting). For this tune: (D melodeon).
~20077#1
[Chlr 3] Chulrua. The Singing Kettle. Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Patrick Ourceau (fiddle), Pat Egan (guitar, vocals).
20098#2
[RoClare] Riches of Clare. Tony Linnane, Jim O'Connor, Mick Conneely, Johnny 'Ringo' McDonagh.
~20098#1
[DubMMe] Liam O'Connor and Seán McKeon. Dublin Made Me. Liam O'Connor (fiddle, viola), Seán McKeon (pipes). For this tune: Seán (pipes).
~20101#3
[CYHCIt] Catherine McEvoy, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. Comb Your Hair and Curl It. Catherine McEvoy (flute), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle), Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
201213#2
[CtNGn] Caitlín Nic Gabhann. Caitlín. Caitlín Nic Gabhann (concertina, dance).
20134#1
[Tda 5] Téada. Ainneoin na Stoirme. In Spite of the Storm. Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle, piano, keyboard), Séamus Begley (vocals, melodeon), Paul Finn (accordion, concertina), Damien Stenson (flute), Seán Mc Elwain (guitar, bouzouki, bass guitar), Tristan Rosenstock (bodhrán).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Wind that Shakes the Barley
ECr, Ch 8, RoClare
Old Concertina Reel
MR 6
John Naughton's
MMcNmr 1
Mrs. Crotty's Christening
JW 1
Old Bush
MH 3
Ladies' Pantalettes
BG 5
Fermoy Lasses
WFO 1
Devils of Dublin
CYHCIt
Leeside Sessions
CtNGn
Played beforeOn Albums
Star of Munster
FG 1
Steeplechase
Chlr 3
Pinch of Snuff
DubMMe
Green Fields of America
CtNGn
Carraigín Ruadh
Tda 5

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 #195 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
As tune #28 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
On page 7 of [SK] Sean Keane. Fifty Fiddle Solos. [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): 1960