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Tune ID#1805 (Spellan's Fiddle)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Spellan's Fiddle about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording FidDel (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's Fiddle / Spillane's Fiddle / Spellan the Fiddler / Gillespie's / McCormack's / Gorman's (2nd in set McCormick's Hornpipe on FidDel) (also in A Major) (misidentified as An Cora Donn in book MM; misattributed to Michael Gorman on MGm) (composed by Pat Spillane, presumably)
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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).
[MGm] Michael Gorman. The Sligo Champion. The Fiddle Music of County Sligo. Michael Gorman (fiddle, vocals).
[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).
[LFinger] Joe McHugh and Barry Carroll. The Long Finger. An Mhéar Fhada. Joe McHugh (pipes, whistle, keyboard, bouzouki), Barry Carroll (hammered dulcimer, keyboard).
[MOK] Máire O'Keeffe. Cóisir. House Party. Máire O'Keeffe (fiddle).
[JDr 1] Joe Derrane with Felix Dolan. Give Us Another. Joe Derrane (accordion), Felix Dolan (piano).
[MtRd] The Mountain Road. A Compilation of Tunes Popular in South Sligo. PJ Hernon (accordion), Donal Hernon (fiddle), with Maria Lynn McHugh (piano).
[HB 2] Harry Bradley. As I Carelessly Did Stray. . .. Harry Bradley (flute, whistle). For this tune: (flute).
[Bua 3] Bua. Down the Green Fields. Devin Shepherd (fiddle), Sean Gavin (flute, pipes, whistle), Brían Ó hAirt (vocals, concertina, dance), Brian Miller (guitar, bouzouki).
[TrklHwl] John Blake, Mairéad Hurley, Nathan Gourley. The Truckley Howl. John Blake (guitar, flute, piano), Mairéad Hurley (concertina), Nathan Gourley (fiddle, guitar).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Wily Old Bachelor
Flowers of Spring
Byrne's Hornpipe
Ben Hill
Jim Coleman's
HB 2
Grand Auld ManBua 3
Lad O'Beirne's
Played beforeOn Albums
Boys of Bluehill
Dick Sands' Hornpipe
JDr 1


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 #1616 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
On page 177 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As hp #38 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.

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