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Tune ID#197 (Glentaun Reel)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Glentaun 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 SatG (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Glentaun Reel, The / Glentaun Reel / Gleanntán Reel / The Glentaun / Glentaun / Glentown / Glountaine Reel / Lord McDonald / Lord McDonald's Reel / Lord MacDonald's Reel / Lord MacDonald's / McDonald's Reel / MacDonald's Reel / John McDonald's Reel / Bothar na Sop / Little Peggy / Slanty Gart / Leather Britches / Old Leather Britches / Tom Billy's / O'Keeffe's Dream / Denis Murphy's (also doubled) (compare the 4-part setting as #1157)
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cd Discography

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. Performers (instruments). Go to album
~196918#2
[SatG] Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford. The Star above the Garter. Fiddle music from Kerry, played by Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford. Denis Murphy (fiddle), Julia Clifford (fiddle).
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~19955#1
[JW 1] John Williams. John Williams. John Williams (accordion, concertina). For this tune: (concertina), with Micho Russell (whistle).
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~19997#2
[BRny 1] Brian Rooney. The Godfather. Brian Rooney (fiddle).
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200212#3
[AJK] Alan and John Kelly. Fourmilehouse. Alan Kelly (piano accordion), John Kelly (flute, whistle).
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~200216#2
[MaRaf] Mary Rafferty. Hand-Me-Downs. Mary Rafferty (accordion, concertina, flute, whistle). For this tune: Mike Rafferty (flute).
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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.
As tune #1408 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #649 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 71 of [IFMCK] Drew Beisswenger. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. [available]
As tune #31 in volume 4 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On page 166 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
On page 176 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As tune #21 in [DM 3] Dave Mallinson. 100 Evergreen Irish Session Tunes. [available]
As reel #438 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [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