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Tune ID#338 (Cliffs of Moher)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Cliffs of Moher about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording KB Cap (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Cliffs of Moher, The / Cliffs of Moher / Tommy's Gunne's Jig (3rd in set Light Jigs on TrsCl) (also in Mixolydian or D Dorian) (compare Cliffs of Moher #6970 and compare Humours of Rahey #6598)
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cd Discography

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. Performers (instruments). Go to album
~19784#2
[KB Cap] Kevin Burke. If the Cap Fits. Kevin Burke (fiddle).
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~19908#2
[SK 2] Seán Keane. Jig It in Style. Seán Keane (fiddle).
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19923#2
[CFF 1] Kevin Burke / Johnny Cunningham / Christian Lemaître. Celtic Fiddle Festival. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Johnny Cunningham (fiddle), Christian Lemaître (fiddle). For this tune: Kevin Burke.
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199410#3
[MH 2] Martin Hayes. Under the Moon. Martin Hayes (fiddle).
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19956#2
[THny 1] Therese Honey. Mosaic. Therese Honey (harp).
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~199616#3
[TrsCl] Turas Cheoil. A Musical Odyssey: A compilation of music from the traditional musicians of Toronto. Pat King (piano accordion).
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19984#2
[LMlltt 1] Larry Mallette and Friends. 'Til Time Is No More. Larry Mallette (flute, whistle). For this tune: 1st time Therese Honey (harp), then with Larry Mallette (flute).
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199912#2
[JWh 8] John Whelan. Celtic Roots. John Whelan (accordion).
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20004#3
[ACB 1] The Abbey Céilí Band. Bruach an tSuláin. Ger Murphy (accordion), Andrew O'Connell (fiddle), Liam Forde (banjo), Micheál Creedon (bass, keyboards).
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20084#3
[StGrmm 2] Stanley & Grimm. Another Round. . .. Nicole Engstrom aka Nikki Engstrom (fiddle), Sean Brennan (guitar, vocals).
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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 very similar to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
On page 35 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 117 of [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
As tune #276 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
On page 52 of [L] Alan's private loose music.
As tune #100 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 79 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
As jig #18 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [available]
As jig #21 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [available]
On page 129 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As jig #19 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As jig #61 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
As tune #187 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): 1976