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Tune ID#3411 (Ríl an Spidéal)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Ríl an Spidéal about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording DD 6 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Ríl an Spidéal / Ríl an Spiddal / Ríl an Spidéil / Spiddal Reel / The Twelve Pins (composed by Charlie Lennon)
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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).
19851.6#1
[DD 6] Dé Danann. Anthem. Frankie Gavin (fiddle, flute, viola, piano), Alec Finn (bouzouki, guitar), Martin O'Connor (accordion), Johnny McDonagh (bodhrán), Mary Bergin (whistle), Jackie Daly (accordion), Mary Black (vocals), Dolores Keane (vocals). For this tune: Frankie (viola).
~19995#2
[JOH 1] John O'Halloran. "But Why, Johnny?". John O'Halloran (accordion). For this tune: (C melodeon).
~200910#2
[SMcK] Skip McKinley. Fairy Tales. Skip McKinley (flute).
201310#1
[LWard] Lisa Ward. Black Swan. Lisa Ward (fiddle). For this tune: with Orla Ward (flute).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Floating Crowbar
JOH 1
When Kathryn Was Anna
SMcK
Played beforeOn Albums
Twelve Pins
DD 6, SMcK
Tom Ward's Downfall
JOH 1
Making the Hand Turf
LWard

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 reel #107 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [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): 1985