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Tune ID#1837 (Swallow's Nest)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Swallow's Nest about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MMR 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Swallow's Nest, The / Swallow's Nest / The Swallows Nest / The Stolen Reel (1st in set Paddy O'Brien's on MV; 1st in set Late Nights in O'Connors Bar of Doolin on LitN) (composed by Paddy O'Brien the elder, of Tipperary)
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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).
~19917#2
~19953#1
[MMR 1] Mike and Mary Rafferty. The Dangerous Reel. Mike Rafferty (flute, whistle, pipes), Mary Rafferty (accordion, flute, whistle). For this tune: Mike (flute).
~19993#2
[SN 2] Sliabh Notes. Gleanntán. Dónal Murphy (accordion), Tommy O'Sullivan (guitar, vocals), Matt Cranitch (fiddle).
200010#2
[KC 2] Kevin Crawford. In Good Company. Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle). For this tune: with Mick Conneely (fiddle).
~20001#2
[LLses 1] The London Lasses and Pete Quinn. The London Lasses and Pete Quinn. Bernie Conneely (banjo), Elaine Conwell (fiddle), Karen Ryan (fiddle, whistle), Sharon Whelton (flute, whistle).
~20021#1
[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).
~20032.16#2
[WFO 2] Wooden Flute Obsession 2. Sean Ryan of Chicago (flute).
20083#1
[LRCB] Lough Ree Ceili Band. Keep 'er Lit. Live from Spanish Point. Johnnie Duffy (banjo), Brendan Doyle (accordion), Liz Ryan (piano), Colin Butler (drums).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Jack Coughlan's Fancy
MV
Durrow
SN 2
Mossy Banks
KC 2
Splendid Isolation
LLses 1
St. Ruth's Bush
WFO 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Feeding the Birds
MV, MMR 1, KC 2
Lady Gordon
SN 2
New-Mown Meadows
LLses 1
Sliabh Bloom Reel
LitN
Dan Breen's
WFO 2
Crossing the Shannon
LRCB

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 #40 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): 1991