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Tune ID#300 (Charlie Harris' Reel)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Charlie Harris' Reel about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording McNamFam (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Charlie Harris' Reel / Charlie Harris's / Charlie Harris' / O'Connell's Reel / Ríl Uí Chonaill / O'Connell's / O'Connells / John Blessing's / John Blessings / Blessing's / The Kinvara Reel / O Gráda's (2nd in set The Master's Daughter on StWing 9; 2nd in set Piper on Horseback on LMcK 1) (also as polka, included here)
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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).
~198412#3
[BBow 1] Jackie Daly, Séamus & Manus McGuire. Buttons and Bows. Jackie Daly (accordion, concertina), Séamus McGuire (fiddle, viola), Manus McGuire (fiddle).
~19842#1
[KB UC] Kevin Burke. Up Close. Kevin Burke (fiddle).
19921#2
[StWing 9] Stockton's Wing. The Crooked Rose. Mike Hanrahan (vocals, guitar), Maurice Lennon (fiddle), Paul Roche (flute, whistle), Davey McNevin (banjo, mandolin), Peter Keenan (piano, keyboards). For this tune: 1st time Paul (flute).
~199816#1
[McNamFam] McNamara Family. Leitrim's Hidden Treasure. Michael McNamara (flute), Brian McNamara (pipes), Ray McNamara (pipes, whistle), Ciarán McNamara (flute), Enda McNamara (fiddle), Deirdre McNamara (concertina), Frank Kelly (piano), Mick Giblin (guitar), Barry Carroll (hammered dulcimer).
~20003#2
[MulcFam1] The Mulcahy Family. The Mulcahy Family. Mick Mulcahy (accordion, concertina), Louise Mulcahy (flute, pipes), Michelle Mulcahy (accordion, concertina, harp).
~200313#2
[LMcK 1] Laura MacKenzie. Laura and the Lads. Laura MacKenzie (flute, whistle, concertina, vocals), Brian Miller (guitar). For this tune: (flute).
~20105#3
[DShrdn 1] Dave Sheridan. Drivin' Leitrim Timber. Dave Sheridan (flute, guitar). For this tune: (Eb flute).
~20157#1
[AtMcGn 2] Antóin MacGabhann, with Charlie Lennon. Tunesmith. Antóin MacGabhann (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Shepherd's Daughter
BBow 1
Master's Daughter
StWing 9
Doonagore
MulcFam1
Big Pat's Reel
LMcK 1
Singing Kettle
DShrdn 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Finnish Polka
KB UC
Denis O'Brien's
StWing 9
Mountain Lark
McNamFam
Pride of the Bronx
MulcFam1
Old Torn Petticoat I Bought in Mullingar
LMcK 1
Laccaroe
AtMcGn 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.
On page 226 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #34 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #135 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [available]
As reel #167 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
As tune #132 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [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): 1984