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Tune ID#1715 (Sailor on the Rock)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Sailor on the Rock about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MC (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Sailor on the Rock, The / Sailor on the Rock / An Mairnéalach ar an gCarraig / Maraí ar an gCarraig / Johnny with the Queer Thing / The Storyteller (1st in set The Sailor on the Rock on MC; 2nd in set Mama's Pet on FG 3; 1st in set Sailor on the Rock on AcrPond; 3rd in set Spaceships and Frying Pans on Socks 2) (compare 2nd part with 2nd part of Boyne Hunt #200)
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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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[MC] Michael Coleman. Michael Coleman 1891-1945. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
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[JMcK] John McKenna. The Music and Life of John McKenna. 'The Buck from the Mountain'. John McKenna (flute, whistle, lilting, vocals). For this tune: (flute, lilting).
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[McDoB] The McDonaghs of Ballinafad and Friends Play Traditional Music of Sligo. Larry McDonagh (flute), Michael Joe McDonagh (fiddle).
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[JC] Joe Cooley. Cooley. Joe Cooley (accordion). For this tune: with Des Mulkere (banjo).
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[Ch 3] The Chieftains. 3. Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Seán Potts (whistle), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Seán Keane (fiddle), Peadar Mercier (bodhrán, bones).
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[KCB 3] [The Kilfenora Ceili Band]. [The Kilfenora Céilí Band].
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[AMPR] Andy McGann and Paddy Reynolds. Andy McGann and Paddy Reynolds. Andy McGann (fiddle), Paddy Reynolds (fiddle).
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[ECahill] Eddie Cahill. Ah! Surely. Eddie Cahill (flute). For this tune: with Mick (mandolin).
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[TJC] Frankie Gavin and Paul Brock. Ómós do Joe Cooley. A Tribute to Joe Cooley. Frankie Gavin (fiddle), Paul Brock (accordion).
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[FG 3] Frankie Gavin. Frankie Goes to Town. Frankie Gavin (fiddle, flute). For this tune: (flute), (fiddle).
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[GOC 1] Gerry O'Connor. Time to Time. Gerry O'Connor (banjo, guitar, fiddle).
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[CKeane 1] Conor Keane. Cooley's House. Conor Keane (accordion).
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[MvC 1] Moving Cloud. Moving Cloud. Paul Brock (accordion), Maeve Donnelly (fiddle, viola), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Kevin Crawford (flute and percussion), Carl Hession (piano).
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[JCt 1] John Carty and Brian McGrath. The Cat that Ate the Candle. John Carty (banjo, fiddle), Brian McGrath (piano, banjo). For this tune: (banjo).
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[SndCmC] The Sound of Coleman Country. Swallows Tail Ceili Band.
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[NMllgn 2] Neil Mulligan. The Leitrim Thrush. Neil Mulligan (C# pipes).
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[WyndTrn] Dan Healy and Ciaran O'Raghallaigh. The Wyndy Turn. Dan Healy (flute), Ciaran O Raghallaigh (fiddle). For this tune: 1st time (flute).
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[JCrv] John Creaven. The Story So Far. John Creaven (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
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[AcrPond] Across the Pond. Across the Pond. Kevin Griffin (banjo), Roger Burridge (fiddle), Michael Shorrock (bouzouki), Quentin Cooper (mandolin, guitar, bass). For this tune: Roger (fiddle).
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[KitRec] Seán O'Driscoll and Larry Egan. The Kitchen Recordings. Seán O'Driscoll (banjo, bouzouki), Larry Egan (accordion).
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[TapRT] The Tap Room Trio. The Tap Room Trio. Harry Bradley (flute, piccolo), Jesse Smith (fiddle), John Blake (guitar, piano, flute). For this tune: Harry Bradley (flute).
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[TCB 4] The Tulla Céilí Band. 60th Anniversary Celebration. Mark Donnellan (fiddle), Martin Hayes (fiddle), Jim Corry (piano), Sean Donnelly (accordion), Michael McKee (accordion), J.J. Conway (flute), Jennifer Lenihan (flute), Martin Glynn (flute), Mick Flanagan (drums).
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[LoMulc 1] Louise Mulcahy. Tuning the Road. Louise Mulcahy (flute, pipes, whistle). For this tune: (C flute).
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[Socks 2] Socks in the Frying Pan. Return of the Giant Sock Monsters from Outer Space. Shane Hayes (accordion), Aodán Coyne (guitar, vocals), Fiachra Hayes (fiddle, banjo).
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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 #1294 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #559 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 101 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #5 in volume 3 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On page 113 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On pages 39, 53, 67 of [TS] Tony DeMarco and Miles Krassen. A Trip to Sligo. A Comprehensive Guide to the Art of Irish Fiddling, Sligo-Style.
In [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
As tune #56 in [DM 3] Dave Mallinson. 100 Evergreen Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 92 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #298 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