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Tune ID#2052 (O'Rourke's)

Transcription of first 2 bars of O'Rourke's about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording ApW (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABA Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
O'Rourke's / O'Rourke's Reel / O'Rorke's Reel / Rourke / O' Rourke's Wild Irishman / The Wild Irishman / The Sligo Chorus / O'Keefe's (1st in set The Westport Chorus on IDM 1; 3rd in set Natalie on Sld 1) (also in D)
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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
19261#1
[IDM 1] Irish Dance Music. Frank Quinn (fiddle, vocals), P. Crowley (accordion).
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19697#3
[Ch 2] The Chieftains. 2. Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Seán Potts (whistle), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Peadar Mercier (bodhrán, bones), Seán Keane (fiddle). For this tune: 1st time Paddy Moloney (pipes).
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~19698#1
[FFurey] Finbar Furey. Traditional Irish Pipe Music. Finbar Furey (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (high A whistle).
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~19811#1
[ApW] Brian Conway and Tony DeMarco. The Apple in Winter. Irish Music in New York. Brian Conway (fiddle), Tony DeMarco (fiddle).
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~198111#1
[CtL] Peg McGrath, Mary Mulholland, Kathleen Smyth. Cherish the Ladies. Disc 9 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music. Peg McGrath (flute), Kathleen Smyth (fiddle), Mary Mulholland (piano).
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198612#3
[TJC] Frankie Gavin and Paul Brock. Ómós do Joe Cooley. A Tribute to Joe Cooley. Frankie Gavin (fiddle), Paul Brock (accordion).
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~19881#2
[SCnly 1] Séamus Connolly. Notes from My Mind. Séamus Connolly (fiddle).
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19911#4
[Ch AIE] The Chieftains. An Irish Evening. Live at the Grand Opera House, Belfast. Martin Fay (fiddle), Seán Keane (fiddle), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán, vocals), Matt Molloy (flute), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Derek Bell (harp, tiompán, keyboards).
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~199111#2
[PG 2] Paddy Glackin. Rabharta Ceoil. In Full Spate. Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Dónal Lunny (bouzouki, guitar, bodhrán).
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~19966#2
[JK 3] James Kelly. Traditional Irish Music. James Kelly (fiddle).
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199910#3
[Sld 1] Slide. The Flying Pig. Aogán Lynch (concertina, whistle), Daire Bracken (fiddle, guitar, vocals), Mick Broderick (bouzouki), Éamonn de Barra (flute, piano, keyboards, whistle, vocals).
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~199910#3
[BCB 2] The Bridge Céilí Band. Sparks on Flags. Tom Ahearne (fiddle), Robert Gleeson (fiddle), Karen Gavigan (fiddle), Carthage Daly (fiddle), Catherine McHugh (fiddle), James Kinsella (accordion), Fionnuala Gleeson (flute), Eugene Nolan (flute), Pat O'Meara (piano, synthesizer), Liam McCormack (drums, bodhrán).
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~20019#1
[HOP] Claire Byrne, Darragh Murphy, Barry Kerr, Patrick Davey. The Humours of Piping. Claire Byrne (pipes), Darragh Murphy (pipes), Barry Kerr (pipes), Patrick Davey (pipes). For this tune: Barry.
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~20014#1
[PK 4] Paddy Keenan, Tommy O'Sullivan. The Long Grazing Acre. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Tommy O'Sullivan (guitar, vocals). For this tune: (pipes).
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200212#2
[LAC] Tom and Kerry Barrett. Lios A'Cheoil. Traditional Irish Music. Tom Barrett (fiddle), Kerry Barrett (fiddle).
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~20053#3
[LCJD 1] Liz Carroll and John Doyle. In Play. Liz Carroll (fiddle), John Doyle (guitar, bouzouki).
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~20082#6
[Boh 5] Bohola. Jimmy Keane & Pat Broaders. Jimmy Keane (piano accordion, backing vocals, foot), Pat Broaders (vocals, bouzar, dordan).
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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 #1273 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #541 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 94 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #5 in volume 1 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #156 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As reel #107 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 24 of [SK] Sean Keane. Fifty Fiddle Solos. [available]
As tune #14 in [DM 2] Dave Mallinson. 100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 50 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 80 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #366 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As reel #50 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [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