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Tune ID#298 (Song of the Chanter)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Song of the Chanter about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MGm (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
March32AABBD Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Song of the Chanter, The / Song of the Chanter / The Chanter's Song / The Chanter's Tune / Chnater's Tune (3rd tune in medley Planxty Bunting on Ch CH) (also singled, also in A or G Mixolydian, also in E Minor; note that book B&S - presumably mistakenly - transcribed this tune with a metric offset of two beats)
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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).
19682.8#1
[MGm] Michael Gorman. The Sligo Champion. The Fiddle Music of County Sligo. Michael Gorman (fiddle, vocals).
~197614#1
[SotC] Armagh Pipers Club. Armagh Pipers' Club [Song of the Chanter]. Disc 10 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music. Paul Davis (concertina, flutes, harmonica), Eithne Vallelly (fiddle), Pat Daly (harp), Brian Vallelly (pipes, whistle, flute), Niall Vallelly (bodhran). For this tune: Brian Vallely (pipes), Paul Davis (concertina).
~19761.21#1
~19771.6#1
[NaF 5] Na Filí. Chanter's Tune. Unidentified on this reissue, but from the original: Tomás Ó Canainn (pipes, vocals), Tom Barry (whistles, flute), Matt Cranitch (fiddle).
19924#4 (2:53)
[Ch CH] The Chieftains. The Celtic Harp. A Tribute to Edward Bunting with the Belfast Harp Orchestra. Martin Fay (fiddle), Seán Keane (fiddle), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán, vocals), Matt Molloy (flute), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Derek Bell (harp, tiompán, harpsichord).
20039#1
[Dnu 4] Danú. The Road Less Travelled. Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh (vocals, flute, whistle), Benny McCarthy (accordion), Donnchadh Gough (bodhrán, pipes), Oisin McAuley (fiddle, vocals), Tom Doorley (flute, whistle, vocals), Eamon Doorley (bouzouki), Donal Clancy (guitar).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played beforeOn Albums
An Samhradh Crua
NaF 5
Rakes of Clonmel
Dnu 4

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 #143 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #79 in volume 2 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #4 in volume 1 of [LPTW] Eithne Vallely. Learn to Play the Tin Whistle. [available]
On page 12 of [LPUP] Eithne and Brian Vallely. Learn to Play the Uilleann Pipes. [available]
On page 26 of [RW] Robin Williamson. The Penny Whistle Book. [available]
As tune #7 in [LPF] Eithne and Brian Vallely. Learn to Play the Fiddle with Armagh Pipers Club. [available]
In [L] Alan's private loose music.

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): 1903