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Irish Traditional Music Tune Index
Tune ID#2104 (Shanks Mare)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Shanks Mare about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MMR 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABE Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Shanks Mare / Toss the Feathers / Craith na Cleití / Thresh the Feathers / The Humours of Ballagh / Thornberry's / Geatley's / The New Reel / The Mountain Lark (compare 2nd part with 2nd part of Toss the Feathers #1957)
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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).
~19984#2
[MMR 2] Mike and Mary Rafferty. The Old Fireside Music. Mike Rafferty (flute, pipes), Mary Rafferty (accordion, whistle). For this tune: Mike (flute).
~19981.13#2
[WFO 1] Wooden Flute Obsession. Mike Rafferty (flute).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Tap Room
MMR 2, WFO 1

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 #291 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As tune #71 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): 1966