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Tune ID#2890 (Crossing the Shannon)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Crossing the Shannon about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording CC (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Crossing the Shannon / Funny Reel / The Funny Reel / An Ríl Ait (1st in set Ollie Conway's Selection on CC) (composed by Paddy Fahy)
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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).
19745#1
[CC] Bernard O'Sullivan and Tommy McMahon. Clare Concertinas. Bernard O'Sullivan (concertina), Tommy McMahon (concertina) except where solos noted. For this tune: Tommy.
~19791#2
[FR] Joe Burke, Andy McGann, and Felix Dolan. The Funny Reel. Traditional Music of Ireland. Joe Burke (accordion), Andy McGann (fiddle), Felix Dolan (piano).
~19801#1
[JKn 2] James Keane. Roll Away the Reel World. James Keane (accordion).
~19805#1
[BigSq] The Big Squeeze. Masters of the Celtic Accordion. James Keane (accordion).
19876#2
[DMeehan] Danny Meehan. Navvy on the Shore. Danny Meehan (fiddle). For this tune: with Mick O'Connell (accordion).
199810#1
[JWh 6] John Whelan. Come to Dance. John Whelan (accordion).
~200014#1
[OMBFMO] Oisín Mac Diarmada, Brian Fitzgerald, Micheál Ó Ruanaigh. Traditional Music on Fiddle, Banjo and Harp. Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle), Brian Fitzgerald (banjo), Micheál Ó Ruanaigh (harp). For this tune: Brian (banjo).
20083#2
[LRCB] Lough Ree Ceili Band. Keep 'er Lit. Live from Spanish Point. Johnnie Duffy (banjo), Brendan Doyle (accordion), Liz Ryan (piano), Colin Butler (drums).
200910#3
[Hmmrs] The Hammers. From Distant Shores. Paul Hammer (mandolin, banjo), Susan Hammer (whistle, concertina). For this tune: (mandolin).
~201113#2
[NFBolg] Jack Talty, Cormac Begley. Na Fir Bolg. Jack Talty (concertina), Cormac Begley (concertina). For this tune: (Bb/F concertinas).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Fisherman's Lilt
FR
Tom Ward's Downfall
DMeehan
Swallow's Nest
LRCB
Over the Moor to Maggie
Hmmrs
Maid in the Cherry Tree
NFBolg
Played beforeOn Albums
Andy McGann's Reel
JKn 2, BigSq
Around the World for Sport
CC
Castle Kelly
FR
Man of the House
JWh 6
Billy McComiskey's
OMBFMO
Arkle Mountain
NFBolg

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 #39 in volume 3 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As reel #176 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #30 in [DM 3] Dave Mallinson. 100 Evergreen Irish Session Tunes. [available]
As reel #51 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [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): 1974