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Tune ID#1677 (Tear the Calico)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Tear the Calico about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BB 3 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel24ABCD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Tear the Calico / Rip the Calico / Stróic an Ceailicó / The Fair Wind / The Blue Meadow / Dispute over the Weather / Tommy Glenny's Reel / Eddie Moloney's (3rd in set Kilfenora Reels on KCB 3; 3rd in Kilfenora Selection on MSCB) (also in G or A, also with parts doubled, also with 1st part last, also with 2nd part last, also without 1st part at all) (compare Fair Wind #6987 and Tear the Calico #2106; compare 2nd part with 1st part of Fowler on the Moor #3294)
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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).
~19589#3
[KCB 1] The Kilfenora Ceili Band. The Fabulous Kilfenora Ceili Band. P.J. Lynch (fiddle), Gus Tierney (fiddle), Jim McCormack (flute), Gerry Lynch (accordion), P. Mullins, T. Eustace, P. Madigan, Kitty Linnane (piano), G. O'Loughlin (drums).
~19721.27#1
[EMlny] Eddie Moloney. Eddie Moloney. Master Musician. Eddie Moloney (flute, fiddle, whistle, vocal). For this tune: (Eb flute).
19746#3
[CC] Bernard O'Sullivan and Tommy McMahon. Clare Concertinas. Bernard O'Sullivan (concertina), Tommy McMahon (concertina) except where solos noted.
197410#1
[RF] Miko, Pakie and Gussie Russell. The Russell Family of Doolin, County Clare. Miko Russell (whistle, flute, vocals), Gussie Russell (whistle), Pakie Russell (concertina). For this tune: Pakie (concertina), Miko (flute).
~19741#3
[KCB 3] [The Kilfenora Ceili Band]. [The Kilfenora Céilí Band].
19773#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).
197710#3
[BB 5] The Bothy Band. The Best of the Bothy Band.
197816#3
[BB 6] The Bothy Band. Live in Concert. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Matt Molloy (flute), Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Peter Browne (pipes), Dónal Lunny (bouzouki), Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill (vocals, clavinet), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (vocals, guitar).
~19783#2
[LCTM] Liz Carroll & Tommy Maguire. Kiss Me Kate. Liz Carroll (fiddle), Tommy Maguire (accordion).
~19789#2
[SE 5] Seamus Ennis. The Fox Chase. Seamus Ennis (pipes). For this tune: (C# pipes).
~19782.18#3
~19939#3
[JMd 1] Joanie Madden. A Whistle on the Wind. Joanie Madden (flute, whistle). For this tune: (flute), with Joe Madden (accordion).
19965#2
[TCB 3] The Tulla Ceili Band. A Celebration of 50 Years. P. J. Hayes (fiddle), Martin Hayes (fiddle), Francis Donnellan (fiddle), Mark Donnellan (fiddle), J. J. Conway (flute), Jennifer Lenihan (flute), Sean Donnelly (accordion), Michael McKee (accordion), Jim Corry (piano), Michael Flanigan (drums).
~199711#1
[Shskn 10] Shaskeen. Music for Set Dancing and Listening. Tom Cussen (banjo, mandolin), Benny O'Connor (drums, bodhrán, bongos), Seán Conway (flute, whistle, guitar), Eamonn Cotter (flute), Mike Fahy (guitar), Charlie Harris (accordion), Geraldine Cotter (piano), Carl Hession (piano).
~20022.2#3
[MSCB] Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton (accordion), Caroline Tubridy (fiddle), Pat Curtin (flute), Brian Morgan (flute), Ralph Morgan (banjo), George Byrt (piano), Martin Garrihy (drums).
~20111#1
[Bua 3] Bua. Down the Green Fields. Devin Shepherd (fiddle), Sean Gavin (flute, pipes, whistle), Brían Ó hAirt (vocals, concertina, dance), Brian Miller (guitar, bouzouki).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Jackson's
KCB 1, CC, KCB 3, MSCB
Around the World for Sport
BB 3, BB 5, BB 6, GL20
Controversial Reel
LCTM
Rainy Day
SE 5
Miss Thornton's
JMd 1
Four Courts
TCB 3
Played beforeOn Albums
Martin Wynne's
BB 3, BB 5, BB 6, GL20
Mason's Apron
Bua 3

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 #1255 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #525 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #245 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As tune #137 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
As tune #161 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
On page 64 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On pages 108-109 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #289 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): 1903