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Tune ID#3571 (O'Carolan's Draught)

Transcription of first 2 bars of O'Carolan's Draught about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording THny 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Type ?Mode ?
PieceG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
O'Carolan's Draught / Carolan's Draught / O'Carolan's Draft / Bolgam Chearbhalláin (also in C) (composed by Turlough O'Carolan)
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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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[DD 2] De Danann. Selected Jigs Reels and Songs. Frankie Gavin (fiddle, flute, whistle), Charlie Piggot (banjo, melodeon, mandolin, whistle, bouzouki), Johnny Moynihan (vocals, bouzouki, mandolin, whistle, harmonica), Alec Finn (bouzouki), Johnny 'Ringo' McDonagh (bodhrán, bones).
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[THny 1] Therese Honey. Mosaic. Therese Honey (harp).
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[GrHs] Grey Larsen and Paddy League. The Green House. Grey Larsen (flute, whistle, concertina, harmonium, field organ, piano), Paddy League (bodhrán, guitar). For this tune: (concertina).
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[BLch 2] Brendan P. Lynch. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music from the Heart of Fingal. Brendan P. Lynch (fiddle).
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[JCt 5] John Carty. I Will If I Can. John Carty (banjo, guitar, fiddle). For this tune: (guitar).
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[TAM] Joe Burke, Brian Conway and Felix Dolan. A Tribute to Andy McGann. Joe Burke (accordion), Brian Conway (fiddle), Felix Dolan (piano).
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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.
On page 99 of [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
As tune #186 in [Crln] The Complete Works of O'Carolan. [available]
As ocar #3 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): 1976