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Tune ID#1741 (Ballinamore Reel)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Ballinamore Reel about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording A B (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABE Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Ballinamore Reel, The / Ballinamore Reel / Ballinamore / The Baltimore / The Baltimore Reel / The Balmoral / Hickey's / Hickey's Reel / Hickey's No. 2 / Hickey's (2) / The Gossoon that Beat his Father / An Garsún a Bhuail a Athair / Sean Maguire's / The Gatehouse Maid / Sword in Hand (compare 1st part with 1st part of Nine Pint Coggie #3625 and with 1st part of Miss Gunning's #6311)
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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).
~199010#3
[JWh 2] John Whelan. From the Heart. Traditional Irish Music. John Whelan (accordion). For this tune: with Séamus Connolly (fiddle).
~19962#3
[A B] Altan. Blackwater. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle, vocals), Ciaran Tourish (fiddle, whistle, vocals), Dermot Byrne (accordion), Ciaran Curran (bouzouki, guitar-bouzouki), Mark Kelly (guitar, vocals), Dáithi Sproule (guitar, vocals).
199811#3
[JWh 6] John Whelan. Come to Dance. John Whelan (accordion). For this tune: with Jim Eagan (fiddle).
~200215#3
[RBPOL 2] Ronan Browne and Peter O'Loughlin. Touch Me If You Dare. Ronan Browne (pipes, flute), Peter O'Loughlin (fiddle, flute). For this tune: Peter O'Loughlin (Eb flute), Maeve Donnelly (flute).
20066#2
[MMrch 2] Marcas Ó Murchú. Turas Ceoil. Marcas Ó Murchú (flute, whistle). For this tune: (D flute), with Seána Agnew (flute).
~200711#2
[TAM] Joe Burke, Brian Conway and Felix Dolan. A Tribute to Andy McGann. Joe Burke (accordion), Brian Conway (fiddle), Felix Dolan (piano).
201014#2
[MCrJD 1] Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly. The Living Stream. Matt Cranitch (fiddle), Jackie Daly (accordion).
20121#1
[BrtEarly] Paddy O'Brien, Nathan Gourley, and Dáithí Sproule. Bright and Early. "Something to Crow About". Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Nathan Gourley (fiddle), Dáithí Sproule (guitar).
20142#2
[ANCPOC] Aoife Ní Chaoimh, Paudie O'Connor. Didn't She Dance and Dance. Sliabh Luachra Music on Fiddle and Accordion. Aoife Ní Chaoimh (fiddle), Paudie O'Connor (accordion).
20155#1
[LKPD] Liam Kelly and Philip Duffy. Sets in Stone. Liam Kelly (flute), Philip Duffy (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Bank of Ireland
JWh 2, JWh 6
Biddy from Muckross
A B
Lord Gordon's
RBPOL 2
Jack Roe's
MMrch 2
Esther's Reel
TAM
Craig's Reel
MCrJD 1
Glountane
ANCPOC
Played beforeOn Albums
Jack Keane's Reel
MCrJD 1
Dowd's Favourite
BrtEarly
Humours of Westport
ANCPOC
Courting Them All
LKPD

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 reel #23 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #338 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As reel #199 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [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): 1986