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Tune ID#1965 (Travers' Reel)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Travers' Reel about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording CC (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):
Travers' Reel / Ríl Travers / Travers' / Travers's / Travers / Hughie Travers' / Hughie Travers' Reel / Hughie Travers' No. 1 / Hughie Travers Reel / Travers' No. 1 / Traver's No. 1 / Tommy McMahon's Reel / Tommy McMahon's / The Sligo Reel (1st in set Travers' Reels on MM 1; 2nd in Hughie Travers' Jig & Reel Selection on KHys 2) (also singled, also in D) (compare as jig #2552)
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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).
197411#1
[CC] Bernard O'Sullivan and Tommy McMahon. Clare Concertinas. Bernard O'Sullivan (concertina), Tommy McMahon (concertina) except where solos noted. For this tune: Tommy.
~197612#1
[MM 1] Matt Molloy. Matt Molloy. Matt Molloy (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
~199723#3
[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).
19983#3
[JKn 5] James Keane. Sweeter as the Years Roll By. James Keane (accordion).
200110#2
[KHys 1] Kitty Hayes. A Touch of Clare. Kitty Hayes (concertina).
20017#1
[LFJW] Liam Farrell and Joe Whelan. They Sailed Away from Dublin Bay. Liam Farrell (banjo), Joe Whelan (accordion). For this tune: with James Carty (flute).
~20021.8#2
[MSCB] Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton (accordion), Caroline Tubridy (fiddle), Pat Curtin (flute), Brian Morgan (flute), Ralph Morgan (banjo), George Byrt (piano), Martin Garrihy (drums).
~20055#1
[CDrny 4] Chris Droney. Down from Bell Harbour. Chris Droney (concertina).
200712#2
[KHys 2] Kitty Hayes. Remembered. In Concert in Glór and Bantry House. Kitty Hayes (concertina). For this tune: with Peter Laban (C pipes), Mick Kinsella (harmonica), Josephine Marsh (fiddle).
~201113#1
[FlgMem] Andrew Mac Namara, Orla Harrington, Jim Higgins. Flagstone Memories. Orla Harrington (fiddle), Andrew Mac Namara (accordion), Jim Higgins (piano, percussion).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Hughie Travers'
KHys 1, KHys 2
John Brennan's
Shskn 10
John Kelly's
JKn 5
Touch Me If You Dare
MSCB
Played beforeOn Albums
Hughie Travers'
MM 1
Chicago Reel
LFJW
Bucks of Oranmore
MSCB
Jolly Tinker
CDrny 4
Far from Home
FlgMem

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 #202 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As tune #32 in [SIMB] Tony Sullivan. Sully's Irish Music Book. [available]
As tune #42 in [P50] Brian and Eithne Vallely. Play 50 Reels. [available]
As tune #51 in [DM 3] Dave Mallinson. 100 Evergreen Irish Session Tunes. [available]
As reel #135 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #131 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): 1968