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Tune ID#301 (McDonagh's)

Transcription of first 2 bars of McDonagh's about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MM 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBE Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
McDonagh's / Mc Donagh's / McDonagh's Reel / Ríl Mhic Dhonncha / Charlie Lennon's / A Leitrim Reel (2nd in The Cup of Tea Set on Boys 8 and Boys 15)
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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).
~19768#2
[MM 1] Matt Molloy. Matt Molloy. Matt Molloy (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
~1980B.6#2
[Boys 8] Boys of the Lough. Regrouped. Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathal McConnell (flute, whistle, vocals), Dave Richardson (concertina, mandolin, cittern), Tich Richardson (guitar).
~19802.3#2
[Boys 15] Boys of the Lough. The Session. Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathal McConnell (flute, whistle), Dave Richardson (concertina, mandolin, cittern), Tich Richardson (guitar, acoustic bass guitar).
20005#2
[MOR 1] Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. The Nervous Man. Traditional Irish Music on Concertina. Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
~20028#1
[SN 3] Sliabh Notes. Along Blackwater's Banks. Matt Cranitch (fiddle), Dónal Murphy (accordion), Tommy O'Sullivan (guitar, vocals).
20036#2
[Mona] Live at Mona's. Eamon O'Leary (banjo), Patrick Ourceau (fiddle), Dana Lyn (fiddle).
~200912#2
[MulcFam3] Mick, Louise & Michelle Mulcahy. Reelin' in Tradition. Mick Mulcahy (accordion, melodeon), Louise Mulcahy (flute, pipes), Michelle Mulcahy (concertina, fiddle, harp, piano).
20145#2
[Unfldg] Unfolding. Young Music from East Clare. Rosa Carroll (fiddle), Lily O'Connor (concertina).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Tap the Barrel
Boys 8, Boys 15
McDonagh's Reel
MM 1
Geoghegan's Fancy
MOR 1
Jug of Punch
Mona
Mick O'Connor's
MulcFam3
Tommy Coen's
Unfldg
Played beforeOn Albums
Toss the Feathers
MM 1
College Groves
MOR 1
Micho Russell's
SN 3
Patsy Hanley's
MulcFam3

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 #25 in volume 2 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #207 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
As tune #39 in [P50] Brian and Eithne Vallely. Play 50 Reels. [available]
As reel #60 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 7 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 12 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #206 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