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Tune ID#1878 (Tarbolton)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Tarbolton about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MC (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBE Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Tarbolton, The / Tarbolton / Tarbolton Reel / Tarbolton Lodge / An Tarboltan / Cooleen Bridge / Coleen Bridge / Hatton Burn (1st in set Away We Go Again on Ch 7; 1st in set The Milltown-Rathconrath Set on BCB 2; mislabeled as The Job of Journeywork on PK 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).
19342.10#1
[MC] Michael Coleman. Michael Coleman 1891-1945. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
193417#1
~19471.4#1
[JDrn] Johnny Doran. The Bunch of Keys. Johnny Doran (pipes). For this tune: with John Kelly (fiddle).
~197511#1
[PK 1] Paddy Keenan. Paddy Keenan. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle). For this tune: John Keenan (banjo).
~19761#2
[MM 1] Matt Molloy. Matt Molloy. Matt Molloy (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
~19771#1
[Ch 7] The Chieftains. 7. Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Seán Potts (whistle, bones), Seán Keane (fiddle, whistle), Martin Fay (fiddle, bones), Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Derek Bell (harp, tiompán, oboe), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán).
19876#1
[WmSullvn] William Sullivan. Traditional Irish Music. William Sullivan (accordion).
199014#1
[MLIIA] The Boston College Irish Fiddle Festival - My Love Is in America. Johnny Cronin (fiddle), Paddy Cronin (fiddle), James Kelly (fiddle), Johnny McGreevy (fiddle).
199211#1
~199412#1
[SndCmC] The Sound of Coleman Country. Coleman Heritage Group.
~199716#1
[Shskn 10] Shaskeen. Music for Set Dancing and Listening. Tom Cussen (banjo, mandolin), Benny O'Connor (drums, bodhrán, bongos), Seán Conway (flute, whistle, guitar), Eamonn Cotter (flute), Mike Fahy (guitar), Charlie Harris (accordion), Geraldine Cotter (piano), Carl Hession (piano).
~199823#1
[KHe] Kevin Henry. One's Own Place - A Family Tradition. Kevin Henry (flute, whistle, pipes, vocals). For this tune: Maggie Healy (whistle).
~19995#1
[BCB 2] The Bridge Céilí Band. Sparks on Flags. Tom Ahearne (fiddle), Robert Gleeson (fiddle), Karen Gavigan (fiddle), Carthage Daly (fiddle), Catherine McHugh (fiddle), James Kinsella (accordion), Fionnuala Gleeson (flute), Eugene Nolan (flute), Pat O'Meara (piano, synthesizer), Liam McCormack (drums, bodhrán).
200021#1
[DMeehan] Danny Meehan. Navvy on the Shore. Danny Meehan (fiddle). For this tune: with Dermot Kearney (banjo).
20083#3
[StGrmm 2] Stanley & Grimm. Another Round. . .. Nicole Engstrom aka Nikki Engstrom (fiddle), Sean Brennan (guitar, vocals). For this tune: with Susan Gedutis Lindsey (flute).
200814#1
[LRCB] Lough Ree Ceili Band. Keep 'er Lit. Live from Spanish Point. Johnnie Duffy (banjo), Brendan Doyle (accordion), Liz Ryan (piano), Colin Butler (drums).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Boys of the Lough
MM 1
Apples in Winter
StGrmm 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Longford Collector
MC, WW 1, PK 1, MLIIA, SndCmC, Shskn 10, BCB 2, LRCB
Fermoy Lasses
JDrn
Lucy Campbell
Ch 7
Dan Sullivan's
DOEI
Golden Keyboard
KHe
Over the Moor to Maggie
DMeehan
Pigeon on the Gate
StGrmm 2

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 #780 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #56 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." [available]
As tune #14 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
On page 273 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As tune #277 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
On page 38 of [L] Alan's private loose music.
As tune #59 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
As reel #6 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [available]
On page 65 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 107 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #329 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #125 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