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Tune ID#348 (Coal Miner's Reel)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Coal Miner's Reel about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording PJConlon (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Coal Miner's Reel / The Coalminer's Reel / The Coal Miner's / Coalminer's / The Coalminer / The Coalminers / Fir an Ghuail / More Power to Your Elbow / Lad OBeirnes [Lad O'Beirne's] / McDermott's / Mick O'Connor (1st in set The Fiddler's Delight on PJConlon; 3rd in set The Heathery Cruach on FullSt 1) (also in D) (compare 1st part with 1st part of Mick O'Connor's #6335; compare 2nd part with 2nd part of Dónal a' Phumpa #5769)
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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).
19292.23#1
[PJConlon] Peter J. Conlon. The Genius of Peter Conlon. 78 RPM Recordings from 1917-1929. Peter J. Conlon (melodeon).
19291#2
[FBros] The Flanagan Brothers. The Tunes We Like to Play on Paddy's Day. Joe Flanagan (accordion), Louis Flanagan (guitar, banjo), Mike Flanagan (banjo, vocals, mandolin).
~197718#1
[ECst] Traditional Irish Music in America. The East Coast. Brendan Mulvihill (fiddle), Billy McComiskey (accordion).
~19813#2
[SWlsh 4] Séamus Walshe. Traditional Music of Ireland on Button Accordion. Séamus Walshe (accordion).
198612#4
[TJC] Frankie Gavin and Paul Brock. Ómós do Joe Cooley. A Tribute to Joe Cooley. Frankie Gavin (fiddle), Paul Brock (accordion).
199015#2
[COG 1] Conal O Gráda. The Top of Coom. Conal Ó Gráda (flute).
~199710#1
[MMrch 1] Marcas Ó Murchú. Ó Bhéal go Béal. Marcas Ó Murchú (flute, whistle, vocals). For this tune: (Eb flute), with Maurice Bradley (fiddle), Peter Gallagher (accordion).
19985#3
[LMlltt 1] Larry Mallette and Friends. 'Til Time Is No More. Larry Mallette (flute, whistle). For this tune: (whistle).
~19984#1
[KH] Kieran Hanrahan. Kieran Hanrahan Plays the Irish Tenor Banjo. Kieran Hanrahan (banjo). For this tune: with Sonny Murray (concertina).
~20021.1#2
[MSCB] Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton (accordion), Caroline Tubridy (fiddle), Pat Curtin (flute), Brian Morgan (flute), Ralph Morgan (banjo), George Byrt (piano), Martin Garrihy (drums).
~20051#2
[CDrny 4] Chris Droney. Down from Bell Harbour. Chris Droney (concertina).
20116#3
[FullSt 1] FullSet. Notes at Liberty. Seán McCarthy (pipes, whistle), Michael Harrison (fiddle), Janine Redmond (accordion), Teresa Hogan (vocals, flute), Eamonn Moloney (bodhrán), Andrew Meaney (guitar).
20113#2
[JigUp] The Jig Is Up!. First Steps. Judd Heartsill (accordion, flute), Larry Mallette (flute, whistle), Diehl Moran (fiddle, banjo), Matthew Lewis (guitar, flute, whistle), Robert Shaddox (bodhrán, vocals).
~20113#1
[FlgMem] Andrew Mac Namara, Orla Harrington, Jim Higgins. Flagstone Memories. Orla Harrington (fiddle), Andrew Mac Namara (accordion), Jim Higgins (piano, percussion).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Cavan Reel
FBros
O'Rourke's
TJC
Whistling Postman
SWlsh 4
Blackberry Blossom
COG 1
Knitting the Fog
LMlltt 1
Dublin Reel
MSCB
Tinker's Daughter
CDrny 4
Mrs Lawrie's
FullSt 1
Willy Reilly
JigUp
Played beforeOn Albums
Tom Ward's Downfall
PJConlon
Farewell to Cailroe
ECst
Skylark
TJC
Sands of Time
LMlltt 1
Lad O'Beirne's
KH
Master's Return
CDrny 4
Cloonagroe Reel
FlgMem
Hare's Paw
JigUp

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 #1477 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #705 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 146 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #28 in [SIMB] Tony Sullivan. Sully's Irish Music Book. [available]
As reel #151 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As reel #358 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [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): 1903