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Tune ID#2333 (Thomaisin O Dea's Reel)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Thomaisin O Dea's Reel 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 5 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Thomaisin O Dea's Reel / Ríl Thomáisín Uí Dheaghda / Tomaisin O'Dea's / Tomín O'Dea / Tomeen O'Dea's / Tomeen O' Dea's Reel / Tomeen O'Dea / [Tommy O'Dea's / Tommy O'Dee's] / The Little Bag of Potatoes / Mrs. Halpin's Favourite / Colin Boyd's Favourite (1st in set The Chieftains' Knock on the Door and as 1st in set Clare Reels on Ch 5; 1st in The Tomín O'Dea Set on BBow 3; 3rd in The Trip to Sligo Set on Drv 3; 3rd in set The Trip to Sligo on Drv 4) (compare The Wishbone Reel #4897)
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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).
~19755#1
[Ch 5] The Chieftains. 5. Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Seán Potts (whistle), Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Seán Keane (fiddle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Derek Bell (harp, oboe, timpán), Peadar Mercier (bodhrán, bones). For this tune: Michael Tubridy (flute).
~19812.6#1
[LinL] Charlie Lennon and Mick O'Connor. Lucky in Love. Charlie Lennon (fiddle), Mick O'Connor (flute). For this tune: Mick (flute), with Séamus (flute).
19917#1
[BBow 3] Buttons and Bows. Grace Notes - Nótaí Maise. Jackie Daly (accordion, concertina), Séamus McGuire (fiddle, viola), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Garry O'Briain (guitar, mandocello, piano).
19921.5#2
[SDI 1] Set Dances of Ireland. Volume 1. Michael Tubridy (flute), Tommy McCarthy (concertina), Junior Crehan (fiddle), Eamon McGivney (fiddle).
19961#1
[BrdgGap] Kevin Moloney, Sean Moloney. Bridging the Gap. Kevin Moloney (fiddle), Sean Moloney (flute).
~19969#3
[Drv 3] Dervish. At the End of the Day. Cathy Jordan (vocals, bodhrán, bones), Shane Mc Aleer (fiddle), Liam Kelly (flute, whistle, vocals), Shane Mitchell (accordion), Michael Holmes (bouzouki), Brian McDonagh (mandola, bassola, mandolin, guitar).
19971.8#3
[Drv 4] Dervish. Live in Palma. Cathy Jordan (vocals), Liam Kelly (flute), Shane McAleer (fiddle), Shane Mitchell (accordion), Brian McDonagh (mandola, guitar), Micheal Holmes (bouzouki).
~200210#1
[PJCJC] P.J. Crotty, Carol Cullinan, James Cullinan. Happy to Meet. P.J. Crotty (flute), James Cullinan (fiddle), Carol Cullinan (piano). For this tune: P.J. Crotty (flute).
~20032.8#2
[WFO 2] Wooden Flute Obsession 2. Mick Hand (flute).
200616#3
[MMrch 2] Marcas Ó Murchú. Turas Ceoil. Marcas Ó Murchú (flute, whistle). For this tune: (D flute).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Davey's
Drv 3, Drv 4
Sporting Nell
SDI 1
Sliabh Geal gCua na Féile
WFO 2
Over the Moor to Peggy
MMrch 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Paddy Finlay's
Ch 5, BBow 3, SDI 1
Captain Kelly
LinL
Farewell to Old Decency
BrdgGap
Midsummer's Night
PJCJC

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 #98 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
As reel #717 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): 1963