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Tune ID#1807 (Spike Island Lassies)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Spike Island Lassies about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BnkShn (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32ABCDD Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Spike Island Lassies, The / Spike Island Lassies / The Spike Island Lasses / Gearrchaile Oileán Píce / Gearrchaillí Oileán Píce / Cloichíní Beaga na Farraige / The Small Stones of the Sea / Reidy's / Reidy's Reel (1st in set The Hillsbrook Reels on MMcG 3) (also without 3rd and 4th parts, also in A or G) (compare Bank of Ireland #114)
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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).
19541.3#1
[BnkShn] Paddy O'Brien, Séamus Connolly. The Banks of the Shannon. Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Séamus Connolly (fiddle). For this tune: Paddy (accordion).
19605#1
[ECr] Elizabeth Crotty. Concertina Music from West Clare. Elizabeth Crotty (concertina).
~19625#1
[BG 1] Bobby Gardiner. Memories of Clare. Bobby Gardiner (accordion).
~1974B.8#2
[McGrCool] McGreevy and Cooley. McGreevy and Cooley. John McGreevy (fiddle), Seamus Cooley (flute). For this tune: Johnny (fiddle).
19754#2
[JnKlly] John Kelly. Irish Traditional Concertina and Fiddle Music. John Kelly (concertina, fiddle). For this tune: (concertina).
~19774#2
[ECst] Traditional Irish Music in America. The East Coast. James Keane (accordion), Mick Moloney (banjo).
~19788#1
[IT 2] The Irish Tradition. The Corner House. Billy McComiskey (accordion), Brendan Mulvihill (fiddle), Andy O'Brien (guitar, vocals). For this tune: Billy McComiskey (accordion).
~197810#1
[BigSq] The Big Squeeze. Masters of the Celtic Accordion. Billy McComiskey (accordion).
19826#3
[Plx 7] Planxty. Words and Music. Christy Moore (guitar, vocals, bodhrán), Andy Irvine (bouzouki, mandolin, vocals, harmonica), Liam O'Flynn (pipes, whistle), Donal Lunny (guitar, bouzouki, bowed psaltery, spinet, dulcimer, bodhrán, synthesizer). For this tune: Liam (pipes), with James Kelly? (fiddle).
~19859#3
[TP 8] Tommy Peoples. Waiting for a Call. Tommy Peoples (fiddle). For this tune: with Alec Finn (bouzouki).
~19889#1
[RBPOL 1] Ronan Browne and Peter O'Loughlin. The South West Wind. Traditional Music from County Clare. Ronan Browne (pipes), Peter O'Loughlin (fiddle). For this tune: (B pipes), (fiddle).
19934#1
[MoD] Tony Mac Mahon, Noel Hill, Iarla Ó Lionáird. Music of Dreams. Tony Mac Mahon (accordion), Noel Hill (concertina), Iarla Ó Lionáird (vocals).
199315#1
[MR 8] Micho Russell. Ireland's Whistling Ambassador. Micho Russell (whistle, vocals).
200012#3
[MOR 1] Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. The Nervous Man. Traditional Irish Music on Concertina. Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
~20014#2
[PK 4] Paddy Keenan, Tommy O'Sullivan. The Long Grazing Acre. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Tommy O'Sullivan (guitar, vocals). For this tune: (pipes).
~200215#1
[BCw 1] Brian Conway. First through the Gate. Brian Conway (fiddle).
~20022#2
[TP 8] Tommy Peoples. Waiting for a Call. Tommy Peoples (fiddle). For this tune: with John Doyle (guitar).
~20063#1
[MMcG 3] Michael McGoldrick. Wired. Michael McGoldrick (flute, whistle, pipes, mandolin, bodhrán). For this tune: (flute, pipes).
~20074#3
[RdOnly] Brian McNamara and Tim Collins. Reed Only. Brian McNamara (pipes), Tim Collins (concertina). For this tune: Tim Collins (concertina).
~20114#2
[JCtBRn] John Carty and Brian Rooney. At Complete Ease. John Carty (fiddle, tenor guitar), Brian Rooney (fiddle). For this tune: Brian (fiddle), John (tenor guitar).
20164#3
[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
Chicago Reel
McGrCool
Blackberry Blossom
JnKlly
Within a Mile of Dublin
ECst
Mountain Lark
Plx 7
Old Bush
MOR 1
O'Rourke's
PK 4
Bob McQuillen's
TP 8
Waiting for a Call
TP 8
Biddy from Muckross
RdOnly
Old Torn Petticoat
JCtBRn
Papa's Pet
TrklHwl
Played beforeOn Albums
Humours of Tulla
IT 2, BigSq
Green Mountain
BG 1
Farewell to Connaught
RBPOL 1
Dowd's Favourite
BnkShn
Lord McDonald's
PK 4
Tom Moyland's Frolic
BCw 1
Skyedance
MMcG 3

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 #143 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
As tune #57 in [SIMB] Tony Sullivan. Sully's Irish Music Book. [available]
As tune #16 in [P50] Brian and Eithne Vallely. Play 50 Reels. [available]
On page 46 of [SK] Sean Keane. Fifty Fiddle Solos. [available]
As reel #316 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): 1954