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Tune ID#1957 (Toss the Feathers)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Toss the Feathers about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording PitS (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABE Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Toss the Feathers / Toss the Feathers #1 / Toss the Feathers No. 1 / Thresh the Feathers / Croith na Cleití / Geatley's / The Humours of Ballagh / The Mountain Lark / The New Reel / Pipers Choice / Thornberry's (1st in set Toss the Feathers on KB SD; 1st in set Chase around the Windmill on Ch B; 3rd in set Gander in the Pratie Hole on Scglen 2) (also in A or D or B) (the setting included here in book NF is only partially like this tune, but still closer to this than to other "Toss the Feathers" tunes) (compare 2nd part with 2nd part of #2104)
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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).
19675#2
[PitS] Paddy in the Smoke. Tony McMahon (accordion), Martin Byrnes (fiddle), Andy Boyle (fiddle).
19737#1
[KB SD] Kevin Burke. Sweeney's Dream. Fiddle Tunes from County Sligo, Ireland. Kevin Burke (fiddle).
~1973B.9#1
[AClareSn] Willy Clancy and various. A Clare Session with Willy Clancy and Friends. Willy Clancy (pipes), presumably with Peadar O'Loughlin (flute), Jimmy Ward (banjo), Martin Talty, and others.
~19754#2
[PK 1] Paddy Keenan. Paddy Keenan. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle). For this tune: with Paddy Glackin (fiddle).
19766#2
[JsMcD] Josie McDermott. Darby's Farewell. Josie McDermott (flute, whistle, vocals). For this tune: (C whistle).
19777#2
[MBP] Matt Molloy, Paul Brady, Tommy Peoples. Matt Molloy. Paul Brady. Tommy Peoples. Matt Molloy (flute), Paul Brady (guitar, vocals), Tommy Peoples (fiddle).
~19788#1 (0:00)
[KB Cap] Kevin Burke. If the Cap Fits. Kevin Burke (fiddle).
~19788#13 (14:52)
[KB Cap] Kevin Burke. If the Cap Fits. Kevin Burke (fiddle).
~197910#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). For this tune: 1st time Matt Molloy (flute).
~19831.2#2
[Boys 10] Boys of the Lough. Open Road. Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathal McConnell (flute, whistle, vocals), Dave Richardson (concertina, mandolin, cittern), Tich Richardson (guitar, acoustic bass guitar). For this tune: Cathal (Eb flute).
19869#2
[Ch JG] James Galway and the Chieftains. In Ireland. James Galway (flute, whistle), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Seán Keane (fiddle), Martin Fay (fiddle, bones), Matt Molloy (flute, whistle), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán), Derek Bell (harp, tiompán, harpsichord).
~19861.1#3
[Scglen 2] Scartaglen. The Middle Path. Connie Dover (keyboard, vocals), Frank Martin (flute, whistle, bones), Kirk Lynch (pipes, bouzouki, guitar, whistle, mandolin), Roger Landes (cittern, mandolin, guitar, bodhrán), Matt Kirby (hammered dulcimer, bodhrán), Mike Dugger (guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals).
~198812#2
[SW] Silly Wizard. Live Wizardry.
~19928#2
[CTL 3] Cherish the Ladies. The Back Door. Mary Coogan (guitar, banjo), Siobhan Egan (fiddle, bodhrán), Eileen Golden (feet), Winifred Horan (fiddle, feet), Maureen Doherty Macken [Mary Rafferty] (accordion, flute), Joanie Madden (flute, whistle), Cathie Ryan (vocals), Linnane Wick (feet). For this tune: Joanie Madden (Eb whistle).
~19948#1
[MMcNmr 1] Mary MacNamara. Traditional Music from East Clare. Mary MacNamara (concertina). For this tune: (C#/G# concertina).
~19958#1
[Arc 2] Arcady. Many Happy Returns. Johnny McDonagh (bones, bodhrán, triangle), Nicholas Quemener (guitar, flute, whistle, vocals), Patsy Broderick (piano, keyboards), Conor Keane (accordion), Brendan Larrissey (fiddle), Niamh Parsons (vocals).
~19957#3
[KC 1] Kevin Crawford. 'D' Flute Album. Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhrán). For this tune: (flute).
19973#5 (10:02)
[MH 3] Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill. The Lonesome Touch. Martin Hayes (fiddle), Dennis Cahill (guitar).
~19974#3
[GL1] The Dance Music of Ireland. Jigs and Reels. Kevin Crawford (flute).
19991#2
[JWh 8] John Whelan. Celtic Roots. John Whelan (accordion).
19993#2
[CrssCl] Seamus Glackin, Brendan Begley, Michael O'Brien, Mary Corcoran, Mick Gaynor. Crossroads Céilí. Seamus Glackin (fiddle), Brendan Begley (accordion), Michael O'Brien (flute), Mary Corcoran (piano), Mick Gaynor (drums).
20002#2
[TMacMn 2] Tony Mac Mahon. Mac Mahon from Clare. Tony Mac Mahon (accordion). For this tune: with Seamus Connolly (fiddle).
~200014#2
[MDOF] Mícheál Darby Ó Fátharta. Bosca Bídeach. Mícheál Darby Ó Fátharta (melodeon). For this tune: with Séamus Mac Conaonaigh (flute).
20015#2
[PHCB] Public House Ceili Band. Go Figure. Dan Cobb (banjo), Dave Delgado (whistle), Alan Ng (fiddle), Bob Newton (octave mandolin).
~200716#1
[CMcN] Christy McNamara. The House I Was Reared In. Christy McNamara (accordion, concertina, vocals). For this tune: (accordion), with Martin Hayes (viola).
~200916#2
[MulcFam3] Mick, Louise & Michelle Mulcahy. Reelin' in Tradition. Mick Mulcahy (accordion, melodeon), Louise Mulcahy (flute, pipes), Michelle Mulcahy (concertina, fiddle, harp, piano).

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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 100 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 168 of [NF] Allen Feldman. The Northern Fiddler. [available]
On page 279 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As tune #38 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 66 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 111 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #46 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [available]
As reel #47 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [available]
As reel #337 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): 1967