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Tune ID#1960 (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 TP 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Toss the Feathers / Toss the Feathers #2 / Toss the Feathers No. 2 / Tossing the Feathers in County Clare (3rd in set Toss the Feathers on KB SD; 3rd in set Toss the Feathers on LMcK 1) (setting on PO 4 could be considered a different tune, mainly because it's in D Major) (also singled) (compare Toss the Feathers #1959)
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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).
19662#2
[BC 3] Bobby Casey. The Spirit of West Clare. Bobby Casey (fiddle, whistle).
19737#3
[KB SD] Kevin Burke. Sweeney's Dream. Fiddle Tunes from County Sligo, Ireland. Kevin Burke (fiddle).
~197518#3
[BC 4] Bobby Casey. Maestro. Bobby Casey (fiddle).
~19752#1
[BC 4] Bobby Casey. Maestro. Bobby Casey (fiddle).
~19768#3
[MM 1] Matt Molloy. Matt Molloy. Matt Molloy (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
~19763#2
[TP 2] Tommy Peoples and Paul Brady. The High Part of the Road. Tommy Peoples (fiddle), Paul Brady (guitar).
~19787#2
[Dbl] Paddy Glackin and Paddy Keenan. Doublin'. Paddy Glackin (fiddle, viola), Paddy Keenan (pipes).
~19788#12 (13:48)
[KB Cap] Kevin Burke. If the Cap Fits. Kevin Burke (fiddle).
~197812#2
[MMlny 1] Mick Moloney with Eugene O'Donnell, Joe McKenna, Shelley Posen, Patrick Sky. Mick Moloney with Eugene O'Donnell, Joe McKenna, Shelley Posen, Patrick Sky. Mick Moloney (vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin, bouzouki), Eugene O'Donnell (fiddle), Joe McKenna (pipes, whistle), Patrick Sky (whistle), Shelley Posen (concertina, vocals, guitar). For this tune: Mick Moloney (banjo), Joe McKenna (pipes).
~19968#5
[Sol 1] Solas. Solas. Seamus Egan (flute, whistle, guitar, pipes, bodhrán, vocals), Karan Casey (vocals), John Doyle (guitar, vocals), Winifred Horan (fiddle, vocals), John Williams (accordion, concertina, vocals).
~19963#2
[JB 4] Joe Burke, Charlie Lennon. The Bucks of Oranmore. Joe Burke (accordion), Charlie Lennon (piano).
199910#2
[JWh 8] John Whelan. Celtic Roots. John Whelan (accordion). For this tune: 1st time presumably [Jerry O'Sullivan] (low whistle).
20002#1
[TMacMn 2] Tony Mac Mahon. Mac Mahon from Clare. Tony Mac Mahon (accordion). For this tune: with Seamus Connolly (fiddle).
~20038#3
[LMcK 1] Laura MacKenzie. Laura and the Lads. Laura MacKenzie (flute, whistle, concertina, vocals), Brian Miller (guitar). For this tune: (flute), with Django Amerson (fiddle).
200614#3
[MOR 2] Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. Inside Out. Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
~20113#1
[PO 4] Paddy O'Brien. Mixing the Punch. Paddy O'Brien (accordion).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Toss the Feathers
KB SD, KB Cap
Colonel Fraser
BC 3
Paddy Ryan's Dream
BC 4
McDonagh's
MM 1
Wheels of the World
TP 2
Boyne Hunt
Dbl
Seán Reid's
MMlny 1
Atlantic Wave
Sol 1
Dillon's Fancy
JB 4
Chicago Reel
JWh 8
Long Drop
LMcK 1
Dowd's Favourite
MOR 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Toss the Feathers
KB Cap, TMacMn 2
College Groves
BC 4
Shores of Donegal
PO 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 #112 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
As tune #26 in [P50] Brian and Eithne Vallely. Play 50 Reels. [available]
As tune #63 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 112 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #336 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): 1966