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Tune ID#3403 (Donald Blue)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Donald Blue about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Drv 4 (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):
Donald Blue / Johnny Henry's Favourite (3rd in set The Green Mountain on Drv 1 and Drv 4; 2nd in set An Londubh on KLO)
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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).
~19926#3
[Drv 1] Dervish. Harmony Hill. Cathy Jordan (vocals, bodhrán, bones), Liam Kelly (flute, whistle, vocals), Shane Mitchell (accordion), Shane McAleer (fiddle, viola), Brian McDonagh (mandola, mandolin), Michael Holmes (bouzouki, guitar).
19971.14#3
[Drv 4] Dervish. Live in Palma. Cathy Jordan (vocals), Liam Kelly (flute), Shane McAleer (fiddle), Shane Mitchell (accordion), Brian McDonagh (mandola, guitar), Micheal Holmes (bouzouki).
20012#2
[JCrv] John Creaven. The Story So Far. John Creaven (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
~20024#1
[AFL] Michael McGoldrick and John McSherry. At First Light. Michael McGoldrick (flute, whistle, pipes, bodhrán), John McSherry (pipes, whistle). For this tune: Michael (low F whistle), John (low F whistle).
~200311#2
[KLO] Mick O'Brien agus Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. Kitty Lie Over. Mick O'Brien (pipes, whistle), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle, whistle). For this tune: 1st 2 times Caoimhín (fiddle), then with Mick (Bb pipes).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Siobhán O'Donnell's
Drv 1, Drv 4
Swinging on a Gate
JCrv
Blackbird
KLO
Played beforeOn Albums
Ornette's Trip to Belfast
AFL

Bibliography

According to my research, there are zero transcriptions that are musically very similar to this tune anywhere in the indexed books, regardless of tune title. Try my recommended links to other indexes if you need a transcription. To learn to play this tune, simply learn it from another musician or study the recording(s) listed above. See also: Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music.

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1992