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Tune ID#1964 (Traveller)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Traveller about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording RF (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Traveller, The / Traveller / The Traveler / The Traveller Reel / The Traveler's Reel / An Taistealaí / The Travellers / Travelers / Walker Street / Carpenter's / Laborer's / Le Reel des Ouvriers (1st in set The Royal Spa on KCB 6; misidentified on RF as Miss Thornton's Reel / Coming through the Fields)
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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).
192917#1
193510#2
193710#2
[IDM 2] Past Masters of Irish Dance Music. Michael Grogan (accordion).
193814#2
[IFM] Past Masters of Irish Fiddle Music. Moate Ceilidh Band: Pepper Adamson (fiddle), Paddy Gavin (fiddle), Billy Whelan (mandolin-banjo), John Joe Gannon (accordion).
19401#2
[TnRadio] Tuning the Radio. Kincora Céilí Band.
~197112#2
19742#2
[RF] Miko, Pakie and Gussie Russell. The Russell Family of Doolin, County Clare. Miko Russell (whistle, flute, vocals), Gussie Russell (whistle), Pakie Russell (concertina). For this tune: Pakie (concertina), Miko (flute).
197512#1
[BB 1] The Bothy Band. 1975. The First Album. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Matt Molloy (flute, whistle), Tommy Peoples (fiddle), Donal Lunny (bouzouki, vocals), Tríona Ni Dhomhnaill (harpsichord, bodhrán, vocals), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (guitar, vocals). For this tune: Tommy Peoples (fiddle), Matt Molloy (flute).
~198611#3
[HMSP] Joe Burke, Michael Cooney, Terry Corcoran. Happy to Meet and Sorry to Part. Joe Burke (accordion), Michael Cooney (pipes, whistle), Terry Corcoran (guitar, vocals). For this tune: Michael Cooney (pipes).
~198810#1
[PO 1] Paddy O'Brien with Daíthi Sproule. Stranger at the Gate. Paddy O'Brien (accordion).
19991#2
[GCJR] Gerard Commane and Joe Ryan with Eoin O'Neill. Two Gentlemen of Clare Music. Gerard Commane (concertina), Joe Ryan (fiddle).
~20015#3
[JoeMcK] Joe McKenna. The Irish Low Whistle. Joe McKenna (whistle, pipes, keyboards, piano). For this tune: (pipes, low D whistle).
~20021#1
[KCB 6] The Kilfenora Céilí Band. Live in Lisdoonvarna. Anne Rynne (fiddle), Conor McCarthy (accordion), Garry Shannon (flute), Tim Collins (concertina), Sheila Garry (fiddle), Fintan McMahon (piano), Anne Marie McCormack (fiddle), John Lynch (banjo), Sean Griffin (drums), Anthony Quigney (flute).
20071#2
[CMcEv 3] Catherine McEvoy. The Home Ruler. Traditional Irish Flute Music. Catherine McEvoy (flute).
200810#2
[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
Sporting Paddy
TnRadio, HMSP
Congress Reel
GCJR, LRCB
Steampacket
IDM 2
Sheehan's
IFM
Morning Dew
GD
Reel of Rio
ST BST
Heather Breeze
RF
Famous Ballymote
JoeMcK
Rolling in the Ryegrass
CMcEv 3
Played beforeOn Albums
Tilly Finn's
KCB 6, LRCB
Leitrim Lasses
TnRadio
Miss Patterson's Slipper
GD
Humours of Lissadell
BB 1
Bird's Nest
PO 1
Bunker Hill
GCJR

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 #1495 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #719 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 150 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 66 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
As tune #48 in [DM 3] Dave Mallinson. 100 Evergreen Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 112 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #338 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): 1903