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Tune ID#288 (Gossan that Beat His Father)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Gossan that Beat His Father about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording TDMI (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Gossan that Beat His Father, The / The Gosson that Beat his Father / The Gosson that Bate His Father / The Gossoon that Bate His Father / The Garsún Who Beat His Father / The Gasun that Beat His Father / An Gasúr a thug Leadradh dá Athair / An Garsún a thug Leadróg dá Athair / Mama's Pet / Lochiel's Rant / Lough Aisles Return / Tuehey's Reel / The Humours of Loughrea / The Laurel Bush / The Yeoman's Reel / The West Gale / The Reel of Bogie / The Showman's Reel / The Castlebar Traveller / Spence's Reel (also doubled but with 12-bar 2nd part on TDMI; 2nd part also in high octave; parts reversed on HB 4) (compare reversed parts and only weakly different Ballinifad Fancy #4602 and reversed parts to Mama's Pet #1203 and more distantly Martin Ainsboro's #1219; compare 1st part with Laurel Tree #1108 and with 1st parts of On the Sly, Lochiel's awa to France but He'll Come Again, and Mountain Rose)
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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).
[TDMI] Traditional Dance Music of Ireland. "Jack" Sean Maguire (whistle).
[Chlr 1] Chulrua. Barefoot on the Altar. Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Tim Britton (pipes, flute, whistle), Pat Egan (guitar, vocals).
[Dnu 3] Danú. All Things Considered. Tom Doorley (flute, whistle), Eamon Doorley (bouzouki, mandola), Brendan McCarthy (accordion, harmonica), Oisin MacAuley (fiddle, vocals, guitar), Jesse Smith (fiddle, viola), Noel Ryan (guitar), Donnchadh Gough (bodhrán, pipes), Ciarán Ó Gealbháin (vocals, piano accordion).
[HB 4] Harry Bradley. The First of May. Harry Bradley (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
[AtMcGn 2] Antóin MacGabhann, with Charlie Lennon. Tunesmith. Antóin MacGabhann (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Hare's Paw
HB 4
Micho Russell's Reel
AtMcGn 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Old Woman of the House
Chlr 1
Sean McGuire's
Dnu 3


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 #247 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As reel #203 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 only the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1952