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Tune ID#217 (Dan Breen's)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Dan Breen'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 Ch 1 (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):
Dan Breen's / Dan Breen's Reel / Ríl Dan Breen / Breen's Reel / Dan Breens / The West Clare Reel / West Clare Reel / The West Clare / Ríl Iarthar an Chláir / The Shepherd's Daughter / Kevin Burke's (1st in set West Clare Reels on Chlr 1; 3rd in set The Maids of Galway on SEgn 1; 3rd in set The Maids of Galway on WFO 1; 2nd in set Winnie Hayes on SBTE; on MvC 2, this tune appears again at the end of that track) (also in G or E or B)
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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).
~19638#3
[Ch 1] The Chieftains. The Chieftains. Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina), Seán Potts (whistle), Martin Fay (fiddle), David Fallon (bodhrán).
~19782.1#2
[Boys 7] Boys of the Lough. Wish You Were Here. Highlands and Islands Tour. Dave Richardson (mandolin, banjo), Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathal McConnell (flute, whistle), Robin Morton (bodhrán, concertina). For this tune: Cathal (flute).
~19861#3
[SEgn 1] Seamus Egan. Traditional Music of Ireland. Seamus Egan (flute, banjo, mandolin, whistle, pipes, tres). For this tune: (flute).
19904#2
[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). For this tune: Frankie Kennedy (flute).
~19937#2
[JKn 3] James Keane. That's the Spirit. James Keane (accordion).
19942#2
[MH 2] Martin Hayes. Under the Moon. Martin Hayes (fiddle).
~19942.16#3
[WFO 1] Wooden Flute Obsession. Seamus Egan (flute).
19988#2
[Chlr 1] Chulrua. Barefoot on the Altar. Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Tim Britton (pipes, flute, whistle), Pat Egan (guitar, vocals).
19981#2
[JKn 6] James Keane and Friends. Live in Dublin. James Keane (accordion).
~199816#1
[MvC 2] Moving Cloud. Foxglove. Paul Brock (accordion), Maeve Donnelly (fiddle), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhrán), Carl Hession (piano). For this tune: with Gerry O'Connor (banjo).
~20006#3
[MMcG 2] Michael McGoldrick. Fused. Michael McGoldrick (flute except where noted).
20011#1
[KlmFcy] Catherine McEvoy and John McEvoy. The Kilmore Fancy. Catherine McEvoy (flute), John McEvoy (fiddle).
~200312#3
[KitRec] Seán O'Driscoll and Larry Egan. The Kitchen Recordings. Seán O'Driscoll (banjo, bouzouki), Larry Egan (accordion).
~20032.16#3
[WFO 2] Wooden Flute Obsession 2. Sean Ryan of Chicago (flute).
~20044#1
[TTItself] Maeve Donnelly and Peadar O'Loughlin. The Thing Itself. Maeve Donnelly (fiddle), Peadar O'Loughlin (flute).
20061#2
[NNW] Eliot Grasso and Dave Cory. North-by-NorthWest. Eliot Grasso (pipes, flute), Dave Cory (banjo, guitar, octave mandolin).
~20098#2
[PoNY] Joanie Madden, Brian Conway, Billy McComiskey, Brendan Dolan. Pride of New York. Joanie Madden (flute, whistle), Brian Conway (fiddle), Billy McComiskey (accordion), Brendan Dolan (piano).
~20107#2
[SBTE] Seamus Begley and Tim Edey. Disgrace Notes. Seamus Begley (accordion, vocals), Tim Edey (guitar, bass, vocals, piano, keyboard). For this tune: (D/D# accordion), with Níall (A/Bb accordion), Eoin (concertina).
~20139#2
[BHughes] Brian Hughes. The Beat of the Breath. Brian Hughes (whistle).
~20149#3
[Alt 1] The Alt. The Alt. John Doyle (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, mandola), Nuala Kennedy (vocals, flute, whistle), Eamon O'Leary (vocals, guitar, bouzouki).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Johnny's Gone to France
SEgn 1, WFO 1
Bank of Ireland
JKn 3, JKn 6
You Never Saw Her Equal
Ch 1
Fairy Jig
Boys 7
Brenda Stubbert's
A RC
Cloonagroe Reel
MH 2
Rocky Road to Dublin
Chlr 1
Paddy Finlay's
MMcG 2
Whistling Postman
KitRec
Swallow's Nest
WFO 2
Billy McComiskey's
NNW
King of the Clans
PoNY
Winnie Hayes's Jig
SBTE
Caher Rua
BHughes
Danger Mouse
Alt 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Fair Wind
JKn 3, Chlr 1, JKn 6, TTItself
Promenade
Boys 7
Red Box
A RC
Tilly Finn's
MvC 2
Flowers of Redhill
KlmFcy
Beauty Spot
NNW
Steeplechase
PoNY
Now She's Purring
BHughes

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 #35 in volume 1 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #17 in volume 3 of [LPTW] Eithne Vallely. Learn to Play the Tin Whistle. [available]
As reel #56 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [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): 1963