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Tune ID#1716 (Sailor's Bonnet)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Sailor's Bonnet 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 ?
Reel24ABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Sailor's Bonnet, The / [misspelled as:] The Sailors Bonnet / [misspelled as:] The Sailor'Bonnet / Sailor's Bonnet / Bairéad an Mháirnéalaigh / Bairéad an Mhairnéalaigh / Boinéad an Mhairnéalaigh / Seller's Bonnet (3rd in set The Salamanca and McMahon Reels on ESL 1; 3rd in set The Milltown-Rathconrath Set on BCB 2; 3rd in The Findhorn Set on GOC 2)
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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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[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
[JMcK] John McKenna. The Music and Life of John McKenna. 'The Buck from the Mountain'. John McKenna (flute, whistle, lilting, vocals). For this tune: 1st time James Morrison (fiddle), then with John (flute).
[MC] Michael Coleman. Michael Coleman 1891-1945. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
[JDJO] Joe Derrane and Jerry O'Brien. Irish Accordion Masters. Joe Derrane (accordion), Jerry O'Brien (accordion). For this tune: O'Brien, Derrane.
[KB SD] Kevin Burke. Sweeney's Dream. Fiddle Tunes from County Sligo, Ireland. Kevin Burke (fiddle).
[BB 1] The Bothy Band. 1975. The First Album. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Matt Molloy (flute, whistle), Tommy Peoples (fiddle), Donal Lunny (bouzouki, vocals), Tríona Ni Dhomhnaill (harpsichord, bodhrán, vocals), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (guitar, vocals).
[BB 5] The Bothy Band. The Best of the Bothy Band.
[PK 1] Paddy Keenan. Paddy Keenan. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes), with Paddy Glackin (fiddle) and John Keenan (banjo).
[DBDL] Ben Lennon, Séamus Quinn, Gabriel McArdle, Ciarán Curran. Dog Big and Dog Little. Ben Lennon (fiddle), Séamus Quinn (fiddle, accordion, piano), Gabriel McArdle (concertina, song), Ciarán Curran (cittern).
[MLIIA] The Boston College Irish Fiddle Festival - My Love Is in America. Johnny Cronin (fiddle), Paddy Cronin (fiddle), James Kelly (fiddle), Johnny McGreevy (fiddle).
19941.5#1 (1:07)
[BPower] Brendan Power. New Irish Harmonica. Brendan Power (harmonica).
[SndCmC] The Sound of Coleman Country. Coleman Heritage Group.
[ADB] Mighty Session! Donal Murphy (accordion), Matt Cranitch (fiddle).
[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).
[GOC 2] Gerry O'Connor. Myriad. Gerry O'Connor (banjo, fiddle, guitar). For this tune: (banjo).
[JWh 8] John Whelan. Celtic Roots. John Whelan (accordion).
[BCB 2] The Bridge Céilí Band. Sparks on Flags. Tom Ahearne (fiddle), Robert Gleeson (fiddle), Karen Gavigan (fiddle), Carthage Daly (fiddle), Catherine McHugh (fiddle), James Kinsella (accordion), Fionnuala Gleeson (flute), Eugene Nolan (flute), Pat O'Meara (piano, synthesizer), Liam McCormack (drums, bodhrán).
[JasCt] James Carty. Upon My Soul. James Carty (flute). For this tune: (D flute).
[LRCB] Lough Ree Ceili Band. Keep 'er Lit. Live from Spanish Point. Johnnie Duffy (banjo), Brendan Doyle (accordion), Liz Ryan (piano), Colin Butler (drums).
[RoClare] Riches of Clare. Eimear Arkins, Damien O'Reilly, Brian O'Loughlin, Keith O'Loughlin.
[HDvls 2] The House Devils. Crossing the Ocean. Matt Fahey (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, resonator guitar), Mat Walklate (harmonica, flute, vocals, whistle, pipes), Andrew Dinan (fiddle), Anthony Haller (double bass).

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In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Longford Collector
MC, WW 1, MLIIA, SndCmC, Shskn 10, JWh 8, BCB 2, LRCB
BB 1, BB 5, ESL 1
Boyne Hunt
Woman of the House
Wild Irishman
PK 1
Colonel Fraser
Fair Wind
Glass of Beer
Bird in the Bush
Lady on the Island
HDvls 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Anderson's Reel
Crooked Road to Dublin
HDvls 2


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 #157 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
On page 102 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
On page 243 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As tune #279 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As tune #64 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
In [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 92 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #299 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #127 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [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): 1928