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Tune ID#266 (Callaghan's Reel)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Callaghan'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 PitS (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):
Callaghan's Reel / O'Callaghan's Reel / Ríl Uí Cheallacháin / Denis Murphy's / Donncha Ó Murchú / The Concert Reel / Now She's Purring (1st in set Callaghan's Reel on PitS and on ItS; 2nd in set Concert Reel on FG 2) (also doubled)
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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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[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
[PitS] Paddy in the Smoke. Con Curtin (fiddle), Denis McMahon (fiddle).
[ItS] In the Smoke. Con Curtin (fiddle), Denis McMahon (fiddle).
[FG 1] Frankie Gavin and Alec Finn. Frankie Gavin and Alec Finn. Frankie Gavin (fiddle, whistle), Alec Finn (bouzouki).
[JDSC] Jackie Daly, Séamus Creagh. Jackie Daly. Séamus Creagh. Jackie Daly (accordion), Séamus Creagh (fiddle).
[StWing 1] Stockton's Wing. Stockton's Wing. Jigs, Reels & Songs. Maurice Lennon (fiddle), Tommy Hayes (bodhrán, jew's harp), Kieran Hanrahan (banjo, harmonica, bouzouki), Paul Roche (flute, whistle), Tony Callanan (vocals, guitar, bouzouki). For this tune: 1st time Paul (flute).

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In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Concert Reel
FG 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Hare's Paw
PitS, ItS
Cleaning the Hen House
High Road to Linton
StWing 1


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 #131 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As tune #3 in volume 4 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #88 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
As tune #34 in [P50] Brian and Eithne Vallely. Play 50 Reels. [available]
As reel #42 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #133 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [available]
As tune #102 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): 1966