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Tune ID#1958 (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 MG (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABD Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Toss the Feathers / Toss the Feather / Croith na Cleití (2nd in set Toss the Feathers on KB SD; "1st Setting" in book 1850) (also doubled, or only 2nd part doubled)
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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).
19422#1
19737#2
[KB SD] Kevin Burke. Sweeney's Dream. Fiddle Tunes from County Sligo, Ireland. Kevin Burke (fiddle).
~1977A.3#2
[CronBrk] Johnny Cronin and Joe "Banjo" Burke. Cronin and Burke. Johnny Cronin (fiddle), Joe "Banjo" Burke (banjo).
~19788#11 (12:59)
[KB Cap] Kevin Burke. If the Cap Fits. Kevin Burke (fiddle).
~199712#1
[PCny] Paddy Canny. Traditional Music from the Legendary East Clare Fiddler. Paddy Canny (fiddle).
199812#3
[JKn 6] James Keane and Friends. Live in Dublin. James Keane (accordion). For this tune: with Sean Keane (fiddle), Mick O'Connor (flute).
~199913#2
[Provd 1] Providence. Providence. John Wynne (flute, whistle), Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina, accordion), Méabh O'Hare (fiddle), Joan McDermott (vocals), Paul Doyle (guitar, bouzouki, vocals).
20006#2
[NR] Charlie Piggott and Gerry Harrington. The New Road. Charlie Piggott (accordion), Gerry Harrington (fiddle).
200211#2
[EGrs 1] Eliot Grasso. Standing Room Only. Eliot Grasso (pipes). For this tune: with Patrick (fiddle).
~20021#2
[JFtg] Joe Fitzgerald. Hills of Clare. Joe Fitzgerald (accordion).
~20041#1
[JK 4] James Kelly. Melodic Journeys. James Kelly (fiddle).
200613#3
[TCB 4] The Tulla Céilí Band. 60th Anniversary Celebration. Mark Donnellan (fiddle), Martin Hayes (fiddle), Jim Corry (piano), Sean Donnelly (accordion), Michael McKee (accordion), J.J. Conway (flute), Jennifer Lenihan (flute), Martin Glynn (flute), Mick Flanagan (drums).
20091#3
[JDr 6] Joe Derrane. Grove Lane. Joe Derrane (accordion).
201512#3
[CplySt] Nathan Gourley and Joey Abarta. Copley Street. Nathan Gourley (fiddle), Joey Abarta (pipes). For this tune: 1st time Joey (B pipes), then with Nathan (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Toss the Feathers
KB SD
Wise Maid
CronBrk
Hunter's Purse
KB Cap
Tie the Bonnet
JKn 6
Katie Taylor's
Provd 1
Mountain Lark
NR
Dave Normaway MacDonald's Wedding
EGrs 1
Collier's Reel
JFtg
Sporting Nell
TCB 4
Prayer Reel
JDr 6
Hut in the Bog
CplySt
Played beforeOn Albums
Toss the Feathers
KB SD, KB Cap
Callan Lasses
MG
Repeal of the Union
PCny
Bunch of Green Rushes
Provd 1
Monaghan Twig
EGrs 1
Collier's Reel
JK 4

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 #1224 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #147 in volume 1 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [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