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Tune ID#1850 (Sunset)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Sunset about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Boys 9 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Sunset, The (also as slow piece on A 1) (composed by Cathal McConnell and Seamus Quinn, although the latter is only credited on A 1)
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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).
~19812.3#2
[Boys 9] Boys of the Lough. In the Tradition. Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathal McConnell (flute, whistle, vocals), Dave Richardson (concertina, mandolin, cittern, banjo), Tich Richardson (guitar, acoustic bass guitar). For this tune: Cathal (Eb whistle).
~19878#1
[A 1] Frankie Kennedy and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh. Altan. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle, vocals), Frankie Kennedy (flute). For this tune: 1st time Frankie Kennedy (flute).

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In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Biddy from Sligo
Boys 9
Played beforeOn Albums
Tommy Peoples'
Boys 9

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 misc #5 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): 1981