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Tune ID#178 (Blockers)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Blockers about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BrdgGap (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Blockers, The / Blockers / Seán Ryan's Reel / Sean Ryan's Reel (also in D) (composed by Seán Ryan)
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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).
~19809#2
[DD 3] Dé Danann. Mist Covered Mountain. Frankie Gavin (fiddle, viola, whistle), Jackie Daly (accordion), Charlie Piggott (banjo, mandolin, steel guitar), Alec Finn (bouzouki, mandocello, steel guitar), Johnny 'Ringo' McDonagh (bodhrán, bones).
19962#1
[BrdgGap] Kevin Moloney, Sean Moloney. Bridging the Gap. Kevin Moloney (fiddle), Sean Moloney (flute).
20145#3
[LfAllChk] Nathan Gourley and Laura Feddersen. Life Is All Checkered. Nathan Gourley (fiddle, guitar), Laura Feddersen (fiddle). For this tune: Laura (fiddle).
~20141#2

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Tommy Coen's
DD 3
Trip to Nenagh
LfAllChk
Drogheda Lasses
ECrn 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Trip to Nenagh
BrdgGap
Pigeon on the Gate
ECrn 1

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.
On page 26 of [SR] Brian Ryan. The Hidden Ireland. The First Selection of Irish Traditional Compositions of Seán Ryan. [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): 1980