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Tune ID#2531 (Harlequin)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Harlequin about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording NR (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Harlequin, The / The Harlequinn Hornpipe / An tAirleacán / The Chancellor
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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).
~199512#2
[CHssn 3] Carl Hession. Ceol Inné Ceol Inniu Old Time New Time. Jackie Daly (accordion), Kevin Carey (fiddle), Christy Dunne (banjo), Kevin Crawford (flute).
~19993#1
[BRny 1] Brian Rooney. The Godfather. Brian Rooney (fiddle).
20008#1
[NR] Charlie Piggott and Gerry Harrington. The New Road. Charlie Piggott (accordion), Gerry Harrington (fiddle). For this tune: Gerry Harrington (fiddle).
~20017#1
[Beg 2] Beginish. Stormy Weather. Brendan Begley (accordion, vocals), Noel O'Grady (bouzouki), Paul McGrattan (flute, whistle), Gavin Ralston (guitar, keyboards), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Tailor's Twist
CHssn 3
Played beforeOn Albums
Poppy Leaf
BRny 1
Father Dollard's Hornpipe
NR
Friendly Visit
Beg 2

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.
On page 59 of [IFMCK] Drew Beisswenger. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. [available]
On page 77 of [SLoP] Paul Deloughery. Sliabh Luachra on Parade. [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): 1948