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Tune ID#1833 (Steampacket)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Steampacket about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BtB (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Steampacket, The / The Steam Packet / Steam Packet / The Steam-Packet / An Bád Gaile / The Steam Boat / The Mountain Lark / The Mountain Lark No. 2 / Fuiseog an tSléibhe / New Tobacco / The Gauger / An Colamóir Súgach / An Colamoir Sugach / An Colamór Sugach / Last House in Connaught / The Connacht Rangers / Lady O'Brien's Reel / Frieze Kneebreeches / Touhey's Favorite / The Father Henebry's Reel / O'Connell's Reel (follows The Banks of the Suir on GP; in set Ballinakill Reels on GCJR; 2nd in set Midsummer's Night on Drv 5; 3rd in set Reels for the Birds on LitN) (also in Mixolydian) (compare Mountain Lark #2223)
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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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Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
191922#1
[PT] Patsy Touhey. The Piping of Patsy Touhey. Patsy Touhey (pipes).
19289#3 (1:49)
192818#3
[BtB] Paddy Killoran, James Morrison. From Ballymote to Brooklyn. Paddy Killoran (fiddle), James Morrison (fiddle). For this tune: James Morrison (fiddle).
192819#1
193710#1
[IDM 2] Past Masters of Irish Dance Music. Michael Grogan (accordion).
19406#1
[SE 6] Séamus Ennis. The Return from Fingal. Séamus Ennis (pipes, vocals). For this tune: (pipes).
~19413#2
~19472.1#1
[JDrn] Johnny Doran. The Bunch of Keys. Johnny Doran (pipes).
19571.9#3
[SltSdt] Seoltaí Séidte. Setting Sail. Denis Murphy.
~19596#3
~195921#1
[CmA 1] The Coleman Archive Vol. 1: The Living Tradition. Mary Ellen Giblin (fiddle).
~19621#2
197313#1
[WC 3] Willie Clancy. The Pipering of Willie Clancy. Volume 2. Willie Clancy (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes).
~1973A.5#1
[AClareSn] Willy Clancy and various. A Clare Session with Willy Clancy and Friends. Willy Clancy (pipes), presumably with Peadar O'Loughlin (flute), Jimmy Ward (banjo), Martin Talty, and others.
~19751#1
[PK 1] Paddy Keenan. Paddy Keenan. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes).
~1978B.2#1
[NF] Joe Shannon, Johnny McGreevy. The Noonday Feast. Joe Shannon (pipes), Johnny McGreevy (fiddle).
~19818#2
[CtL] Peg McGrath, Mary Mulholland, Kathleen Smyth. Cherish the Ladies. Disc 9 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music. Peg McGrath (flute), Kathleen Smyth (fiddle), Mary Mulholland (piano).
~19887#2
[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).
~199112#2
[PG 2] Paddy Glackin. Rabharta Ceoil. In Full Spate. Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Dónal Lunny (bouzouki, guitar, bodhrán). For this tune: with Robbie Hannan (B pipes).
19921.3#2
[SDI 1] Set Dances of Ireland. Volume 1. Michael Tubridy (flute), Tommy McCarthy (concertina), Junior Crehan (fiddle), Eamon McGivney (fiddle).
~199513#3
[KC 1] Kevin Crawford. 'D' Flute Album. Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhrán). For this tune: (flutes).
~19975#3
[CKeane 2] Conor Keane. Oidhreacht. Conor Keane (accordion).
19992#1
[GCJR] Gerard Commane and Joe Ryan with Eoin O'Neill. Two Gentlemen of Clare Music. Gerard Commane (concertina), Joe Ryan (fiddle). For this tune: Gerdie (concertina).
~19991#2
[Drv 5] Dervish. Midsummer's Night. Cathy Jordan (vocals, bodhrán, bones), Tom Morrow (fiddle, viola, vocals), Shane Mitchell (accordion), Liam Kelly (flute, whistle), Séamus O'Dowd (guitar, fiddle, harmonica, vocals), Michael Holmes (bouzouki), Brian McDonagh (mandola, mandolin, vocals). For this tune: 1st 2 times (flute).
20012#2
[FDys] Davy Spillane and Kevin Glackin. Forgotten Days. Davy Spillane (pipes, whistle), Kevin Glackin (fiddle). For this tune: (pipes), (fiddle).
~20023#3
[LitN] Christy Barry, Conor McCarthy, Cyril O'Donoghue. Late . . . in the Night. Christy Barry (flute, whistle, spoons), Conor McCarthy (accordion), Cyril O'Donoghue (bouzouki, guitar).
~20051#1
[JCt 5] John Carty. I Will If I Can. John Carty (banjo, guitar, fiddle). For this tune: (banjo).
~20053#3
[MMhn] Martin Meehan. Three's Company. Martin Meehan (flute, bodhrán). For this tune: (Eb flute).
200810#3
[RedW] The Red Wellies. The Red Wellies. Claudine "Beanie" Odell (fiddle), Duncan Wickel (fiddle, pipes), Vincent Fogarty (bouzouki).
~20083#2
[TDeM] Tony DeMarco. The Sligo Indians. Tony DeMarco (fiddle). For this tune: with Jerry O'Sullivan (pipes).
20091#3
[RoClare] Riches of Clare. Maeve Donnelly (fiddle), Charlie Harris (accordion), Conal Ó Gráda (flute).
~201417#2
[RBysFam] Randal Bays and Family. A Rake of Tunes. Randal Bays (fiddle), Susan Waters (fiddle), Willie Bays (flute), Owen Bays (concertina).

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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 #1244 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #517 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #78 in volume 3 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #45 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
As tune #84 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
On page 129 of [TOC] Tomás Ó Canainn. Traditional Music in Ireland. [available]
On page 5 of [SK] Sean Keane. Fifty Fiddle Solos. [available]
On page 59 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 101 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #320 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #150 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [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