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Tune ID#3242 (Pinch of Snuff)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Pinch of Snuff about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording CtL (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):
Pinch of Snuff / The Pinch of Snuff / The Old Pinch of Snuff / Like A Pinch / Aggie Whyte's (1st in set Pinch of Snuff on AcrPond; 2nd in set Mullheres on PRynne 1) (2nd part used as intro on FireAfl and CYHCIt; parts reversed only in book WC) (compare 1st part with 3rd part of Pinch of Snuff #1290)
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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).
~198111#2
[CtL] Peg McGrath, Mary Mulholland, Kathleen Smyth. Cherish the Ladies. Disc 9 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music. Peg McGrath (flute), Kathleen Smyth (fiddle), Mary Mulholland (piano).
~199119#2
[MV] Maiden Voyage. Live Traditional Irish Music Session from Pepper's Bar, Feakle, Co. Clare. Tommy Peoples (fiddle), Siobhán Peoples (fiddle), Andrew McNamara (accordion), Kevin Crawford (flute), P.J. King (accordion), Páraic Mac Donnchadha (banjo), Pat Marsh (bouzouki), Joe Bane (whistle), John Maloney (bodhrán), Séan Mac Donnchadha (vocals).
~19912#3
[TKn] Tommy Keane. The Piper's Apron. Tommy Keane (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (Eb whistle).
~19921#2
[FireAfl] Matt Molloy, Seán Keane, Liam O'Flynn. The Fire Aflame. Matt Molloy (flute), Seán Keane (fiddle), Liam O'Flynn (pipes).
~199511#1
[MMR 1] Mike and Mary Rafferty. The Dangerous Reel. Mike Rafferty (flute, whistle, pipes), Mary Rafferty (accordion, flute, whistle).
19971#2
[CTL 6] Cherish the Ladies. Threads of Time. Joanie Madden (flute, whistle, vocals), Mary Coogan (guitar, banjo, mandolin), Mary Rafferty (accordion, whistle), Donna Long (piano, vocals, fiddle, keyboards), Siobhan Egan (fiddle, whistle, bodhrán), Aoife Clancy (vocals, bodhrán, guitar).
~200211#1
[AcrPond] Across the Pond. Across the Pond. Kevin Griffin (banjo), Roger Burridge (fiddle), Michael Shorrock (bouzouki), Quentin Cooper (mandolin, guitar, bass). For this tune: 1st time Kevin (banjo), then with Jimmy Noonan (flute).
~20042#2
[PRynne 1] Pádraig Rynne. Bye a While. Pádraig Rynne (concertina).
20068#1
[MOR 2] Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. Inside Out. Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
20068#2
[NNW] Eliot Grasso and Dave Cory. North-by-NorthWest. Eliot Grasso (pipes, flute), Dave Cory (banjo, guitar, octave mandolin).
~20105#4
[CYHCIt] Catherine McEvoy, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. Comb Your Hair and Curl It. Catherine McEvoy (flute), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle), Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
~20116#3
[JCtBRn] John Carty and Brian Rooney. At Complete Ease. John Carty (fiddle, tenor guitar), Brian Rooney (fiddle).
~20146#3
[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).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
O'Rourke's
CtL
Farewell to Ireland
MV
Hare's Paw
TKn
Mountain Lark
FireAfl
Rolling in the Barrel
CTL 6
Mullheres
PRynne 1
Miss Lyon's Fancy
NNW
Dublin Porter
CYHCIt
Rakish Paddy
JCtBRn
Captain Kelly
RBysFam
Played beforeOn Albums
Ships Are Sailing
MV
Fair-Haired Boy
FireAfl
High Reel
MMR 1
Australian Waters
CTL 6
Sporting Paddy
AcrPond
Rainy Day
PRynne 1
Cleaning the Hen House
MOR 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.
As tune #122 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
As tune #8 in volume 2 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As reel #63 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As reel #273 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): 1960