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Tune ID#310 (Chicago Reel)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Chicago 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 GP (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Chicago Reel, The / The Chicago / Chicago / Portlaw Reel / The Portlaw Reel / The Portlaw / The Leitrim Thrush (3rd in set Boil the Breakfast Early on Ch B)
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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).
192610#1
19601.9#1
~19622#1
~1974B.8#1
[McGrCool] McGreevy and Cooley. McGreevy and Cooley. John McGreevy (fiddle), Seamus Cooley (flute). For this tune: Johnny (fiddle).
~19757#1
[PCt] Paddy Carty. Traditional Irish Music. Paddy Carty (flute). For this tune: with Mick O'Connor (banjo).
~19791#3
[Ch B] The Chieftains. 9. Boil the Breakfast Early. Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Seán Keane (fiddle), Martin Fay (fiddle, bones), Derek Bell (harp, tiompán), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán, vocals), Matt Molloy (flute, whistle).
~19799#2
[MOC 1] Martin O'Connor. The Connachtman's Rambles. Martin O'Connor (accordion).
~198114#2
[BMc 1] Billy McComiskey. Makin' the Rounds. Irish Traditional Music. Billy McComiskey (accordion).
~198210#2
[TP 4] Tommy Peoples. The Iron Man. Tommy Peoples (fiddle).
~198810#3
[NH 1] Noel Hill. The Irish Concertina. Noel Hill (concertina).
19942.3#1
[SDI 3] Set Dances of Ireland. Volume III. Michael (flute), Tommy (concertina), Eamon (fiddle).
~199718#2
[TMcCrthy] Tommy McCarthy. Sporting Nell. Tommy McCarthy (concertina, pipes, whistle). For this tune: (concertina).
199910#1
[JWh 8] John Whelan. Celtic Roots. John Whelan (accordion).
19997#1
[GCJR] Gerard Commane and Joe Ryan with Eoin O'Neill. Two Gentlemen of Clare Music. Gerard Commane (concertina), Joe Ryan (fiddle). For this tune: Joe (fiddle).
20017#2
[LFJW] Liam Farrell and Joe Whelan. They Sailed Away from Dublin Bay. Liam Farrell (banjo), Joe Whelan (accordion). For this tune: with James Carty (flute).
~20022.4#2
[MSCB] Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton (accordion), Caroline Tubridy (fiddle), Pat Curtin (flute), Brian Morgan (flute), Ralph Morgan (banjo), George Byrt (piano), Martin Garrihy (drums).
200312#1
[CSmth] Chris Smith with Roger Landes and Randal Bays. Coyotebanjo. Chris Smith (banjo, mandola, mandolin, field organ), Roger Landes (bouzouki), Randal Bays (fiddle).
20085#3
[RedW] The Red Wellies. The Red Wellies. Claudine "Beanie" Odell (fiddle), Duncan Wickel (fiddle, pipes), Vincent Fogarty (bouzouki).
200812#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).
~201311#2
[HB 4] Harry Bradley. The First of May. Harry Bradley (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute), with James Carty (fiddle).

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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 #797 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 90 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #28 in [P50] Brian and Eithne Vallely. Play 50 Reels. [available]
On page 26 of [T] Fintan Vallely. Timber. The Flute Tutor. 2nd Edition. [available]
As tune #68 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 7 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
As reel #17 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [available]
On page 12 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #37 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): 1907