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Tune ID#294 (Caher Rua)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Caher Rua about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JJK (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel40AABBA'D Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Caher Rua / Cathair Rua / An Cathair Rua / Cathal Rua / The Carraroe / Ríl na Ceathrú Rua / Ceathru Cavan (1st in set The B Set on LzKnls 2) (with an unusual part and more elaborate structure on JD 3; with 3rd part doubled on OMBFMO) (also in G) (compare 1st part with 1st part of Kitty's Favourite #6054)
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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).
~197311#1
[JJK] John and James Kelly with Michael Crehan and Michael Gavin. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. James Kelly (fiddle), John Kelly (fiddle).
197419#1
[JD 3] John Doherty. The Celebrated Recordings. John Doherty (fiddle, vocals).
~19921.8#1
[VCbl] Vincent Campbell. The Purple Heather. Vincent Campbell (fiddle).
~19947#2
[SRn 2] Seán Ryan. Minstrel's Fancy. Cliaraí Ceoil. Seán Ryan (whistle). For this tune: with Patsy (piano).
~200017#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: Oisín (fiddle).
~200412#3
[Ovld] Randal Bays and Dáithí Sproule. Overland. Randal Bays (fiddle, guitar), Dáithí Sproule (guitar, vocals).
~20103#1
[LzKnls 2] Liz Knowles. Making Time. Liz Knowles (fiddle, strings). For this tune: with Kieran O'Hare (B pipes).
~20126#3
[MiMulc] Michelle Mulcahy. Suaimhneas. Michelle Mulcahy (harp).
~20139#1
[BHughes] Brian Hughes. The Beat of the Breath. Brian Hughes (whistle).
~20146#1
[RBysFam] Randal Bays and Family. A Rake of Tunes. Randal Bays (fiddle), Susan Waters (fiddle), Willie Bays (flute), Owen Bays (concertina). For this tune: Randal (fiddle), Susan (fiddle).
201514#2
[CplySt] Nathan Gourley and Joey Abarta. Copley Street. Nathan Gourley (fiddle), Joey Abarta (pipes).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Old Maids of Galway
SRn 2
Ballymahon Reel
Ovld
Jackson's Reel
MiMulc
West Clare Railway
CplySt
Played beforeOn Albums
Wild Irishman
JJK
Miss Lyon's Fancy
OMBFMO
Brother Gildas'
LzKnls 2
Dan Breen's
BHughes
Captain Kelly
RBysFam
Old Dudeen
CplySt

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 #49 in volume 1 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #13 in volume 3 of [LPTW] Eithne Vallely. Learn to Play the Tin Whistle. [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): 1973