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Tune ID#2434 (Birds)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Birds about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MulcFam3 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Birds, The / Jerry Daly's / Cornphíopa Jerry Uí Dhálaigh / Bill O'Keeffe's (2) (1st in set The Birds on OCG) (high part played both to start and to end the tune on TWR and OCG)
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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).
~198510#2
[TWR] Mick Moloney, Jimmy Keane, Robbie O'Connell with Liz Carroll. There Were Roses. Mick Moloney (vocals, banjo, mandolin, guitar), Jimmy Keane (piano accordion, vocals), Robbie O'Connell (vocals, guitar).
~20097#1
[OCG] Cillian Vallely and Kevin Crawford. On Common Ground. Cillian Vallely (pipes, whistle), Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhrán). For this tune: (C whistle), and later with (flute).
~200910#2
[MulcFam3] Mick, Louise & Michelle Mulcahy. Reelin' in Tradition. Mick Mulcahy (accordion, melodeon), Louise Mulcahy (flute, pipes), Michelle Mulcahy (concertina, fiddle, harp, piano).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Hills of Coore
TWR
Home Ruler
MulcFam3
Played beforeOn Albums
O'Connor's Frolics
TWR
Jim Ward's
OCG

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 #163 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [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): 1985