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Irish Traditional Music Tune Index
Tune ID#332 (Grand Auld Man)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Grand Auld Man about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording ECst (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Grand Auld Man, The / The Clare Hornpipe / The Clar Hornpipe / The Soldering Iron / John Joe Hartnett's (omitted from CD reissue of ECst)
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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).
~1977B.9#1
[ECst] Traditional Irish Music in America. The East Coast. Martin Mulvihill (fiddle).
~19785#1
[MMlny 1] Mick Moloney with Eugene O'Donnell, Joe McKenna, Shelley Posen, Patrick Sky. Mick Moloney with Eugene O'Donnell, Joe McKenna, Shelley Posen, Patrick Sky. Mick Moloney (vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin, bouzouki), Eugene O'Donnell (fiddle), Joe McKenna (pipes, whistle), Patrick Sky (whistle), Shelley Posen (concertina, vocals, guitar). For this tune: Mick Moloney (mandolin).
200218#1
[LAC] Tom and Kerry Barrett. Lios A'Cheoil. Traditional Irish Music. Tom Barrett (fiddle), Kerry Barrett (fiddle).
~20112#1
[Bua 3] Bua. Down the Green Fields. Devin Shepherd (fiddle), Sean Gavin (flute, pipes, whistle), Brían Ó hAirt (vocals, concertina, dance), Brian Miller (guitar, bouzouki).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played beforeOn Albums
Pride of Moyvane
MMlny 1
Johnny Cope
LAC
Spellan's Fiddle
Bua 3

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 #300 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
On page 82 of [SLoP] Paul Deloughery. Sliabh Luachra on Parade. [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): 1971