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Tune ID#1856 (Swan)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Swan about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording SRyan C (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBA Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Swan, The / An Eala / The Swan Hornpipe / Swan / The Dancing Master / Seán Ryan's Fancy Hornpipe / Paddy Kelly's (also in G) (2nd in set Seán Ryan's Hornpipes on EMlny) (composed by Seán Ryan)
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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).
~19591.16#2
~19623#1
[BG 1] Bobby Gardiner. Memories of Clare. Bobby Gardiner (accordion).
~19802.20#2
[EMlny] Eddie Moloney. Eddie Moloney. Master Musician. Eddie Moloney (flute, fiddle, whistle, vocal). For this tune: (fiddle), with Vincent Keegan (accordion).
19914#2
[BBow 3] Buttons and Bows. Grace Notes - Nótaí Maise. Jackie Daly (accordion, concertina), Séamus McGuire (fiddle, viola), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Garry O'Briain (guitar, mandocello, piano).
~19918#2
[Fisherst] Fisherstreet. Out in the Night. John McMahon (concertina, pipes), Seamus McMahon (fiddle, flute), Dermot Lernihan (accordion), Noreen O'Donoghue (harp, keyboards, piano), Frank Cullen (mandola, mandolin), Maurice Coyle (guitar).
19998#2
[LD 1] Liz Doherty. Last Orders. Liz Doherty (fiddle).
~201419#1
[NnNCsd] Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha. Draoícht na Feadóige. Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha (flute, whistle). For this tune: (whistle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
McMahon's
EMlny
Lad O'Beirne's
SRyan C
Flaherty's Hornpipe
BBow 3
Kilcooley Wood
Fisherst
Planxty Joe Burke
LD 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Western
BG 1
Sweep's Hornpipe
NnNCsd

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.
On page 15 of [SR] Brian Ryan. The Hidden Ireland. The First Selection of Irish Traditional Compositions of Seán Ryan. [available]
On page 122 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [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): 1959