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Tune ID#2065 (Whistling Postman)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Whistling Postman about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording AW (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Whistling Postman, The / Fear an Phoist ag Feadaíl / Fear Poist na Feadaíola / Gallagher / Gallagher's / Connelly's / Connolly's Reel / Ríl Uí Chonghaile / Tommy McGuire's (also in A) (compare 1st part with 1st part of Four Leafed Shamrock #5733; 2nd part same as 2nd part of Seamus Connolly's #6491)
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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).
~19718#2
[AW] Paddy Reynolds, Charlie Mulvihill, James Keane, with Felix Dolan. Atlantic Wave. Paddy Reynolds (fiddle), Charlie Mulvihill (accordion), James Keane (accordion). For this tune: Paddy Reynolds (fiddle), Charlie Mulvihill (accordion).
~197211#2
[BHCMoher] Sean Ryan, Kathleen Ryan, Pat Lyons. Back Home to the Cliffs of Mohir [sic]. Sean Ryan (fiddle), Pat Lyons (accordion), Kathleen Ryan (piano).
~19767#1
[KClns 1] Kathleen Collins. Traditional Music of Ireland. Kathleen Collins (fiddle).
~19813#1
[SWlsh 4] Séamus Walshe. Traditional Music of Ireland on Button Accordion. Séamus Walshe (accordion).
~198411#1
[Crsl] Séamus McGuire, Manus McGuire, Dáithí Sproule. Carousel. Séamus McGuire (fiddle, viola), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Dáithí Sproule (guitars, vocals).
~19861.4#3
[RtH] Round the House. Music for the Sets - Vol. 1. Séamus Meehan (piano accordion), Paul O'Shaughessy (fiddle).
~19935#1
[JKn 3] James Keane. That's the Spirit. James Keane (accordion).
~19962#2
[JCt 2] John Carty. Last Night's Fun. John Carty (fiddle, banjo, flute).
~200312#2
[KitRec] Seán O'Driscoll and Larry Egan. The Kitchen Recordings. Seán O'Driscoll (banjo, bouzouki), Larry Egan (accordion).
~20053#1
[MMhn] Martin Meehan. Three's Company. Martin Meehan (flute, bodhrán). For this tune: (Eb flute).
~20053#2
[CDrny 4] Chris Droney. Down from Bell Harbour. Chris Droney (concertina).
200914#1
[RoClare] Riches of Clare. Pádraig Rynne, Noel O'Donoghue, Brian Mooney, Liam Murphy.

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Hold the Reins
BHCMoher
Maid of Feakle
RtH
Devaney's Goat
JCt 2
Mayor Harrison's Fedora
AW
Father Kelly's
KitRec
Reel of Mullinavat
CDrny 4
Played beforeOn Albums
Chattering Magpie
Crsl, CDrny 4, RoClare
Mullingar Races
KClns 1
Coal Miner's Reel
SWlsh 4
Old Torn Petticoat
JKn 3
Dan Breen's
KitRec
Abbey Reel
MMhn

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 #146 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
As reel #564 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
As tune #267 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [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): 1971