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Tune ID#2221 (Cape Breton Fiddler's Welcome to Shetland)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Cape Breton Fiddler's Welcome to Shetland about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording SSm (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBA Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Cape Breton Fiddler's Welcome to Shetland, The / The Cape Breton Fiddlers Welcome to Shetland / The Cape Breton Fiddlers' Welcome to the Shetland Isles / Cape Breton Welcome to Shetland / Welcome to Shetland (2nd in set Punch in the Dark on SSm; 3rd in set Belles of Tipperary on CBdts 2) (composed by Willie Hunter) [This tune is not (yet?) part of the Irish tradition, but belongs rather to Shetland music.]
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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).
~198712#2 (2:08)
~19901#2
[VK 1] Vinnie Kilduff. The Boys from the Blue Hill. Vinnie Kilduff (whistle, mandolin, guitar, keyboards, bass, bodhrán).
~19938#2
[SSm] Seán Smyth. The Blue Fiddle. Seán Smyth (fiddle, whistle, vocals).
~19997#2
[DzDnly 1] Dezi Donnelly. Familiar Footsteps. Dezi Donnelly (fiddle).
~199912#3
[CBdts 2] The Céilí Bandits. Hangin' at the Crossroads. Yvonne Casey (fiddle), Eoin O'Neill (bouzouki), Quentin Cooper (mandolin, didgeridoo). For this tune: Yvonne (fiddle), with Kevin Griffin (banjo).
~200510#3
[Cms 1] Comas. Comas. Sylvain Barou (flute, pipes), Aidan Burke (fiddle), Philip Masure (guitar, cittern, vocals), Jackie Moran (bodhrán, percussion).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Newtown Bridge
VK 1
Shamrock Hill
SSm
Plough and the Stars
CBdts 2
Spey in Spate
DzDnly 1
Played beforeOn Albums
A Punch in the Dark
SSm, Cms 1
Sweeney's Buttermilk
VK 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 reel #330 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [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): 1987