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Tune ID#2088 (Drunken Tinker)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Drunken Tinker about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording A RC (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Drunken Tinker, The / An Tincéir Ar Meisce / The Drunken Traveller / The Yellow Tinker / Yellow Tinker #1 / The Jolly Tinker / Dick Cosgrove's Reel / Dick Cosgrove's / Cosgrove's Reel / The Cosgrove Fiddle (also in G Dorian, also in G Mixolydian, also with 2nd part doubled; or, instead, two or three slightly different tunes could possibly be distinguished across all of these sources, in which case the titles of them would be probably The Yellow Tinker from Donegal, The Drunken Tinker from Connaught, and then Dick Cosgrove's, the one more similar to #552) (compare 1st part with 1st part of #552)
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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).
19398#2
[HG] Hugh Gillespie. Classic Recordings of Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. Hugh Gillespie (fiddle).
19601.15#1
~19732.18#1
~197312#1
[4IC] Joe Burke, Finbarr Dwyer, Kevin Loughlin, John Whelan. Pure Irish Traditional Accordion. Session with Four Irish Champions. Joe Burke (accordion), Finbarr Dwyer (accordion), Kevin Loughlin (accordion), John Whelan (accordion). For this tune: Joe Burke (accordion).
~19788#7 (8:33)
[KB Cap] Kevin Burke. If the Cap Fits. Kevin Burke (fiddle). For this tune: 3rd and 4th times with Jackie Daly (accordion).
19901#1
[A RC] Altan. The Red Crow. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle, vocals), Frankie Kennedy (flute, whistle, vocals), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle), Mark Kelly (guitar, vocals), Ciaran Curran (bouzouki).
~19951#2
[PCny] Paddy Canny. Traditional Music from the Legendary East Clare Fiddler. Paddy Canny (fiddle).
~19965#2
[DByrn] Dermot Byrne. Dermot Byrne. Dermot Byrne (accordion, melodeon).
~20036#2
[MatH] Brendan Bulger, Marty Fahey, Kathleen Gavin. Music at the House. Brendan Bulger (fiddle), Marty Fahey (accordion, piano), Kathleen Gavin (piano).
200612#2
[NNW] Eliot Grasso and Dave Cory. North-by-NorthWest. Eliot Grasso (pipes, flute), Dave Cory (banjo, guitar, octave mandolin).
~20077#2
[ATrgs 1] Athena Tergis. A Letter Home. Athena Tergis (fiddle).
~20082#5
[Boh 5] Bohola. Jimmy Keane & Pat Broaders. Jimmy Keane (piano accordion, backing vocals, foot), Pat Broaders (vocals, bouzar, dordan).
~200811#1
[OCHrn 1] Oisín and Conal Hernon. Up and Coming. Oisín Hernon (accordion, whistle), Conal Hernon (banjo, guitar). For this tune: Oisín (accordion).
200911#1
[RoClare] Riches of Clare. Eamonn Cotter, Conor McCarthy, Oisín MacDiarmada, Padraic O'Reilly.
~20129#2
[RBysFam] Randal Bays and Family. A Rake of Tunes. Randal Bays (fiddle), Susan Waters (fiddle), Willie Bays (flute), Owen Bays (concertina).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Girl that Broke My Heart
HG, KB Cap
Carmel Mahoney Mulhaire
DByrn
Seán sa Cheo
PCny
Blackthorn Stick
MatH
Smith O'Couster
NNW
Paddy Kelly's
ATrgs 1
Garrett Barry's
Boh 5
Dillon's Fancy
RBysFam
Played beforeOn Albums
Paddy Fahy's
FTIM, 4IC
Pride of Rathmore
KB Cap
Lady Montgomery
A RC
Daly's Reel
DByrn
Farewell to Erin
NNW
Con McGinley's
ATrgs 1
Donegal Traveler
OCHrn 1
O'Rourke's
Boh 5
Tim Maloney's
RoClare

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 #42 in [SIMB] Tony Sullivan. Sully's Irish Music Book. [available]
As reel #157 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As reel #197 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As reel #2 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [available]
On page 120 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #73 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As reel #63 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [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): 1939