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Tune ID#2749 (Paddy Finlay's)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Paddy Finlay's about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BBow 3 (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):
Paddy Finlay's / Paddy Finlay's Reel / The Swallow / Ballyket Courthouse / Micho Russell's Favourite / The Half Door (2nd in set The Chieftains' Knock on the Door and as 2nd in set Clare Reels on Ch 5; 2nd in The Tomín O'Dea Set on BBow 3; as Gan Ainm on SDI 1) (compare Clogger's Quilt #341 and Follow Me Down to Carlow #4337)
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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#2
[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).
19917#2
[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#3
[SDI 1] Set Dances of Ireland. Volume 1. Michael Tubridy (flute), Tommy McCarthy (concertina), Junior Crehan (fiddle), Eamon McGivney (fiddle).
~19995#2
[Provd 1] Providence. Providence. John Wynne (flute, whistle), Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina, accordion), Méabh O'Hare (fiddle), Joan McDermott (vocals), Paul Doyle (guitar, bouzouki, vocals).
~20006#2
[MMcG 2] Michael McGoldrick. Fused. Michael McGoldrick (flute except where noted).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Thomaisin O Dea's Reel
Ch 5, BBow 3, SDI 1
Over the Bridge to Peggy
Provd 1
Lough Mountain
MMcG 2
Played beforeOn Albums
An Sean Chúilfhionn
Ch 5
Maid of Hollywell
BBow 3
Within a Mile of Dublin
Provd 1
Dan Breen's
MMcG 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.
As reel #718 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
As reel #140 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [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): 1975