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Tune ID#187 (Boil the Breakfast Early)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Boil the Breakfast Early about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording LR 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Boil the Breakfast Early / Boil the Beefsteak Early / Court Her along the Road / Wild Irishman / Peadar's Reel / Lynch's Reel (1st in set Boil the Breakfast Early on Ch B; 2nd in set Hornless Cow on SHtn 1; 3rd in set The Road to Lisdoonvarna on FullSt 2) (also doubled, also with 3 parts)
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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).
19371#1
[LR 1] Leo Rowsome. Classics of Irish Piping. Leo Rowsome (pipes).
19491.1#1
[MR 10] Micho Russell. Rarities and Old Favorites 1949-1993. Micho Russell (whistle, flute, vocals). For this tune: (Eb piccolo).
~194910#2
~197410#3
[KCB 3] [The Kilfenora Ceili Band]. [The Kilfenora Céilí Band].
~19791#1
[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).
199017#1
[MR 8] Micho Russell. Ireland's Whistling Ambassador. Micho Russell (whistle, vocals).
~199511#2
[Whr] Paddy Glackin and Robbie Hannan. The Whirlwind. Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Robbie Hannan (pipes). For this tune: (B pipes), (fiddle).
~20021.3#3
[MSCB] Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton (accordion), Caroline Tubridy (fiddle), Pat Curtin (flute), Brian Morgan (flute), Ralph Morgan (banjo), George Byrt (piano), Martin Garrihy (drums).
~20071#3
[Chlr 3] Chulrua. The Singing Kettle. Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Patrick Ourceau (fiddle), Pat Egan (guitar, vocals).
201012#2
[SHtn 1] Shannon Heaton. The Blue Dress. Shannon Heaton (flute).
~201311#3
[FullSt 2] FullSet. Notes after Dark. Janine Redmond (accordion), Martino Vacca (pipes, whistle), Michael Harrison (fiddle, snare drum), Teresa Hogan (vocals, flute), Eamonn Moloney (bodhrán, glockenspiel, percussion), Andrew Meaney (guitar, bass guitar).
~20158#2
[RBPOL 3] Ronan Browne and Peter O'Loughlin. The Legacy. Ronan Browne (pipes, flute), Peter O'Loughlin (fiddle, flute). For this tune: with Tierna Browne (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Donegal Reel
KCB 3, MSCB
Dublin Reel
Whr
Newtown Bridge
CmA 1
John Byrth's
Chlr 3
Hornless Cow
SHtn 1
Road to Lisdoonvarna
FullSt 2
Chattering Magpie
RBPOL 3
Played beforeOn Albums
Heather Breeze
LR 1
Scotch Mary
Ch B

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 #789 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #22 in [P50] Brian and Eithne Vallely. Play 50 Reels. [available]
As reel #118 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
In [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 5 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #17 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #229 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [available]
As tune #55 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): 1907