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Tune ID#1804 (Spellan the Fiddler)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Spellan the Fiddler about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BMc 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Spellan the Fiddler / Calm Sea (also in F)
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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).
~19814#2
[BMc 1] Billy McComiskey. Makin' the Rounds. Irish Traditional Music. Billy McComiskey (accordion).
~19864#1
[SWlsh 4] Séamus Walshe. Traditional Music of Ireland on Button Accordion. Séamus Walshe (accordion).
~19904#1
[JWh 2] John Whelan. From the Heart. Traditional Irish Music. John Whelan (accordion).
199818#1
[JWh 6] John Whelan. Come to Dance. John Whelan (accordion). For this tune: with Cillian Vallely (pipes), Jim Eagan (fiddle).
~20002#2
[EOR] Eoin Ó Riabhaigh. Tiomnacht. Handed On. Eoin Ó Riabhaigh (pipes).
~20031.4#1
[WFO 2] Wooden Flute Obsession 2. Billy Clifford (flute).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
O'Donnell's Hornpipe
BMc 1
Tuamgraney Castle
EOR
Played beforeOn Albums
[untitled]
JWh 2, JWh 6
Carmel Mahoney Mulhaire
SWlsh 4
Madam If You Please
WFO 2

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 #1731 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #911 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 204 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As hp #67 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