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Tune ID#1834 (Steeplechase)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Steeplechase 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 ?
Reel32AABBC Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Steeplechase, The / An Léimrás / Carrigaline / The Carrigaline Reel / It's a Hard Road to Travel / The Boys of 25 / The Milestone (3rd in set Reels from the 1920's on FG 3; 2nd in set Floggin' Reel on AcrPond; mislabeled as The King of the Clans on RedW)
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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).
193210#2
19324#2
[BtB] Paddy Killoran, James Morrison. From Ballymote to Brooklyn. Paddy Killoran (fiddle), James Morrison (fiddle). For this tune: Paddy Sweeney (fiddle), Paddy Killoran (fiddle).
~19776#2
[AM] Andy McGann and Paul Brady. It's A Hard Road to Travel. Andy McGann (fiddle), Paul Brady (guitar).
~19796#1
[Ev] Kevin Burke and Jackie Daly. Eavesdropper. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Jackie Daly (accordion, concertina).
~19826#1
[TP 4] Tommy Peoples. The Iron Man. Tommy Peoples (fiddle).
~198913#2
[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).
~19899#3
[FG 3] Frankie Gavin. Frankie Goes to Town. Frankie Gavin (fiddle, flute).
~19933#2
[JKn 3] James Keane. That's the Spirit. James Keane (accordion).
~19973#2
[GL1] The Dance Music of Ireland. Jigs and Reels. James Keane (accordion).
~20009#2
[MMR 3] Mike and Mary Rafferty. The Road from Ballinakill. Mike Rafferty (flute, whistle, lilting), Mary Rafferty (accordion, flute, whistle, concertina). For this tune: Willie Kelly (fiddle).
~20029#2
[AcrPond] Across the Pond. Across the Pond. Kevin Griffin (banjo), Roger Burridge (fiddle), Michael Shorrock (bouzouki), Quentin Cooper (mandolin, guitar, bass).
~20077#2
[Chlr 3] Chulrua. The Singing Kettle. Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Patrick Ourceau (fiddle), Pat Egan (guitar, vocals).
20084#2
[RedW] The Red Wellies. The Red Wellies. Claudine "Beanie" Odell (fiddle), Duncan Wickel (fiddle, pipes), Vincent Fogarty (bouzouki).
~20098#3
[PoNY] Joanie Madden, Brian Conway, Billy McComiskey, Brendan Dolan. Pride of New York. Joanie Madden (flute, whistle), Brian Conway (fiddle), Billy McComiskey (accordion), Brendan Dolan (piano).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Ah Surely
WW 1, BtB, DBDL
Stone in the Field
JKn 3, GL1
Bunch of Keys
AM
Woman of the House
FG 3
I Have No Money
MMR 3
Jackie Coleman's
AcrPond
Reel with the Birl
Chlr 3
King of the Clans
RedW
Dan Breen's
PoNY
Played beforeOn Albums
Culfodda Reel
JKn 3, GL1
Graf Spee
Ev
Billy in the Lowground
TP 4
Flogging Reel
AcrPond

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 #1226 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #90 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
On page 100 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As reel #321 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As reel #217 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [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