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Tune ID#221 (Brendan Tonra's)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Brendan Tonra'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 McDoB (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Brendan Tonra's / Brendan Tonra's Jig / Tonra's Jig / Port Uí Thomhnra / Port Tonra / Tonra's / The Tonra / Tonroe's / Toneroe's No. 1 / Tone Rowe's / Tone Rowes / Tone Rowe's Jig / Tone Rowes / Tony Rowe's / Joe O'Dowd's Jig / Carmen's Amber (2nd in set The Rose in the Heather on ESL 1) (composed by Brendan Tonra, ca. 1957, although misattributed to Joe O'Dowd in book TS)
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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).
~196924#1
[McDoB] The McDonaghs of Ballinafad and Friends Play Traditional Music of Sligo. Larry McDonagh (flute), Michael Joe McDonagh (flute), Tommy Flynn (fiddle).
~19773#2
[AM] Andy McGann and Paul Brady. It's A Hard Road to Travel. Andy McGann (fiddle), Paul Brady (guitar).
~19805#2
[JKn 2] James Keane. Roll Away the Reel World. James Keane (accordion).
~19862.4#2
[MMulv 2] Martin Mulvihill. The Humors of Glin. Martin Mulvihill (fiddle).
19962#2
[TF] Martin Dowling, Christine Dowling, Daithi Sproule. A Thousand Farewells. Martin Dowling (fiddle), Christine Dowling (flute, vocals), Daithi Sproule (guitar).
~199615#2
[SBw] Folan and Davey. Skin and Bow. Declan Folan (fiddle), Junior Davey (bodhrán). For this tune: with Andy Davey (fiddle).
~19975#2
[PCny] Paddy Canny. Traditional Music from the Legendary East Clare Fiddler. Paddy Canny (fiddle).
~19981.10#2
[ESL 1] An Evening in Sliabh Luachra. Volume One. A Collection of Traditional Music and Song from the Sliabh Luachra Area. Connie Moynihan (fiddle), Dan Herlihy (accordion), Denis O'Connor (banjo).
~199814#2
[MMR 2] Mike and Mary Rafferty. The Old Fireside Music. Mike Rafferty (flute, pipes), Mary Rafferty (accordion, whistle). For this tune: Mike (pipes).
~199910#1
[DzDnly 1] Dezi Donnelly. Familiar Footsteps. Dezi Donnelly (fiddle).
~199922#1
[MtRd] The Mountain Road. A Compilation of Tunes Popular in South Sligo. Paddy Ryan (fiddle), with Jim Corry (piano).
200011#3
[MOR 1] Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. The Nervous Man. Traditional Irish Music on Concertina. Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina). For this tune: (G#/D# concertina).
~20003#2
[MMR 3] Mike and Mary Rafferty. The Road from Ballinakill. Mike Rafferty (flute, whistle, lilting), Mary Rafferty (accordion, flute, whistle, concertina). For this tune: Mike (flute), Willie Kelly (fiddle).
~20031.21#2
[WFO 2] Wooden Flute Obsession 2. Harry McGowan (flute).
~20032.18#1
[WFO 2] Wooden Flute Obsession 2. Thomas Bernard Ryan (flute).
~20042#1
[JCnly 3] Johnny Connolly. An Mileoidean Scaoilte. Johnny Connolly (melodeon).
~20092#2
[LmKlly] Liam Kelly. Sweetwood. Liam Kelly (flute, whistle).

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In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Gold Ring
AM, SBw
Bride's Favourite
JKn 2
Come Along with Me
MMulv 2
A Thousand Farewells
TF
Goat in the Green
PCny
Rose in the Heather
ESL 1
Trip We Took over the Mountain
MMR 2
Willie Coleman's
MOR 1
Josie's Visit
MMR 3
MillpondWFO 2
Maid on the Green
LmKlly
Played beforeOn Albums
Killavil Jig
MtRd, WFO 2
Condon's Frolics
JKn 2
Man in the Bog
ESL 1
Trip to Athlone
DzDnly 1
Down the Back Lane
JCnly 3
Billy McCormick
LmKlly

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 #69 in volume 3 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On page 39 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
On pages 27, 41, 55 of [TS] Tony DeMarco and Miles Krassen. A Trip to Sligo. A Comprehensive Guide to the Art of Irish Fiddling, Sligo-Style.
As tune #20 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
As tune #38 in [DM 2] Dave Mallinson. 100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 114 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 191 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As jig #134 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As jig #67 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
As tune #177 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): 1969