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Tune ID#3421 (McGreevy's Favourite)

Transcription of first 2 bars of McGreevy's Favourite about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording NF (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
McGreevy's Favourite / Johnny McGreevy's Favourite / Johnny McGreevy's / Seán Gavin's Favourite / Francie Donnellan's Reel / Charlie Mulvihill's / East Clare Reel / The Corn Boy (1st in The Kilmaley Set on CKeane 1; 1st in Commonalty Set on Trpsw) (also in Dorian, also singled)
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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).
~1978B.7#1
[NF] Joe Shannon, Johnny McGreevy. The Noonday Feast. Joe Shannon (pipes), Johnny McGreevy (fiddle). For this tune: Johnny McGreevy (fiddle).
~198913#1
[BlaMrl] P.J. agus Marcus Hernon. Béal a' Mhurlaigh. P.J. Hernon (accordion, melodeon), Marcus Hernon (flute). For this tune: (accordion), (Bb flute).
~19931#1
[CKeane 1] Conor Keane. Cooley's House. Conor Keane (accordion).
~199413#1
[MMcNmr 1] Mary MacNamara. Traditional Music from East Clare. Mary MacNamara (concertina). For this tune: with PJ Hayes (fiddle).
~20067#1
[Trpsw] John McSherry and Dónal O'Connor. Tripswitch. John McSherry (pipes, whistle), Dónal O'Connor (fiddle, keyboards). For this tune: John McSherry (low whistle), later joined by Dónal O'Connor (fiddle).
~20071#1
[ATrgs 1] Athena Tergis. A Letter Home. Athena Tergis (fiddle).
20127#2
[BrtEarly] Paddy O'Brien, Nathan Gourley, and Dáithí Sproule. Bright and Early. "Something to Crow About". Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Nathan Gourley (fiddle), Dáithí Sproule (guitar).
20141#3
[LfAllChk] Nathan Gourley and Laura Feddersen. Life Is All Checkered. Nathan Gourley (fiddle, guitar), Laura Feddersen (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Sheehan's
BrtEarly
Into the Woods
LfAllChk
Played beforeOn Albums
Miss McGuiness
BlaMrl, MMcNmr 1
Glen Allen
CKeane 1
Drag Her around the Road
Trpsw
Ownie Davy's
ATrgs 1
Phelim's Frolic
BrtEarly

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 #320 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): 1978