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Tune ID#1858 (Sweeney's Dream)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Sweeney's Dream 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 ?
Reel16ABD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Sweeney's Dream / Sweeny's Dream / Brionglóid Mhic Shuibhne / The The Girl with the Laughing Eyes / The Lame Fisherman / The Emlagation Reel / Paddy Killoran's (4th in set Up against the Buachalawns on Ch B) (the setting on ACwMoss, matching the O'Neill books, doubled, could be considered a slightly different tune) (mistakenly attributed to John McGrath on PJHrn 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).
193714#2
[BtB] Paddy Killoran, James Morrison. From Ballymote to Brooklyn. Paddy Killoran (fiddle), James Morrison (fiddle). For this tune: Paddy Killoran (fiddle), Paddy Sweeney (fiddle).
19493#3
[TnRadio] Tuning the Radio. Paddy Killoran (fiddle).
~19602.4#2
[JV] John Vesey. Sligo Fiddler. John Vesey (fiddle).
19732#2
[KB SD] Kevin Burke. Sweeney's Dream. Fiddle Tunes from County Sligo, Ireland. Kevin Burke (fiddle).
19787#3
[NHTL] Noel Hill and Tony Linnane. Noel Hill and Tony Linnane. Noel Hill (concertina), Tony Linnane (fiddle). For this tune: with Matt Molloy (flute).
~197813#2
[PJHrn 1] P.J. Hernon. P.J. Hernon. P.J. Hernon (accordion, melodeon). For this tune: (G melodeon).
~19798#4
[Ch B] The Chieftains. 9. Boil the Breakfast Early. Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Seán Keane (fiddle), Martin Fay (fiddle, bones), Derek Bell (harp, tiompán), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán, vocals), Matt Molloy (flute, whistle).
~19827#2
[TP 4] Tommy Peoples. The Iron Man. Tommy Peoples (fiddle).
~199311#3
[MB 2] Mary Bergin. Feadóga Stáin 2. Mary Bergin (whistle). For this tune: (E whistle).
200710#2
[CMcEv 3] Catherine McEvoy. The Home Ruler. Traditional Irish Flute Music. Catherine McEvoy (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
201614#1
[ACwMoss] Alison Perkins and Nicolas Brown. All Covered with Moss. Alison Perkins (fiddle, vocals), Nicolas Brown (B pipes, B flute).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Humours of Lissadell
BtB, JV, KB SD
Hut in the Bog
TnRadio
Man of the House
NHTL
Ship in Full Sail
PJHrn 1
Glass of Beer
Ch B
Crowley's No. 1
TP 4
Big Pat's Reel
MB 2
Hunter's Purse
CMcEv 3
Played beforeOn Albums
Eddie Moloney's
MB 2
Erstwhile Lover
ACwMoss

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 #1198 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #1528 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #745 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #108 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
On page 156 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 95 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #45 in [SIMB] Tony Sullivan. Sully's Irish Music Book. [available]
As tune #35 in [P50] Brian and Eithne Vallely. Play 50 Reels. [available]
As reel #326 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As reel #192 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