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Tune ID#1839 (Stony Steps)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Stony Steps about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MM 3 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Stony Steps / Stoney Steps / The Stony Steps / The Stoney Steps / The Stoney Step / An Chéim Cloiche / The Twelfth Lock / The Cushogue (mislabeled on MM 3 as Michael Dwyer's Favourite) (also in Bb, also doubled or ony 1st part doubled)
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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).
~197315#3 (2:28)
[SE 2] Seamus Ennis. The Pure Drop. Seamus Ennis (pipes). For this tune: (C# pipes).
~197414#5
[KCB 3] [The Kilfenora Ceili Band]. [The Kilfenora Céilí Band].
~19876#2
[MM 3] Matt Molloy. Stony Steps. Matt Molloy (flute).
19902.16#2
[MR 10] Micho Russell. Rarities and Old Favorites 1949-1993. Micho Russell (whistle, flute, vocals). For this tune: (Eb whistle).
~199411#2
[JCt 1] John Carty and Brian McGrath. The Cat that Ate the Candle. John Carty (banjo, fiddle), Brian McGrath (piano, banjo). For this tune: (banjo).
20002#1
[MOR 1] Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. The Nervous Man. Traditional Irish Music on Concertina. Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
~20011#1
[JCt 3] John Carty. Yeh, That's All It Is. John Carty (fiddle, guitar).
~20061.12#2
[WFO 3] Wooden Flute Obsession 3. John Lee (Eb flute).
~20089#2
[Snchrd] Dermy Diamond, Tara Diamond, Dáithí Sproule. Seanchairde. Old Friends. Dermy Diamond (fiddle), Tara Diamond aka Tara Bingham (flute), Dáithí Sproule (guitar).
~200911#2
[DubMMe] Liam O'Connor and Seán McKeon. Dublin Made Me. Liam O'Connor (fiddle, viola), Seán McKeon (pipes).
~201012#2
[DShrdn 1] Dave Sheridan. Drivin' Leitrim Timber. Dave Sheridan (flute, guitar). For this tune: (Eb flute).
~201212#3
[Rlta 1] Réalta. Open the Door for Three. Conor Lamb (pipes, whistle), Deirdre Galway (vocals, guitar, bouzouki), Aaron O'Hagan (pipes, whistle, bodhrán).
~20147#2
[MMcNmr 3] Mary MacNamara. Note for Note. Mary MacNamara (concertina). For this tune: (Bb/F concertina).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
I Have No Money
SE 2
Lady on the Island
KCB 3
Tinker's Stick
MM 3
Pigeon on the Gate
MR 10
Humours of Ballyconnell
JCt 1
Flower of the Flock
WFO 3
Miss McGuiness
Snchrd
Knotted Cord
DubMMe
Big John's Reel
DShrdn 1
Dark-Haired Lass
Rlta 1
Murphy's
MMcNmr 3
Played beforeOn Albums
Coleman's Cross
MM 3
Hut in the Bog
MOR 1
Eileen O'Brien's
JCt 3
Absentminded Woman
WFO 3
John Kelly's
DShrdn 1
Miss McGuiness
MMcNmr 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 #149 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
As tune #12 in volume 1 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As reel #95 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As reel #323 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): 1963