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Tune ID#360 (Colonel Fraser)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Colonel Fraser about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BtB (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32ABCDG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Colonel Fraser / Colonel Frazer / Colonel Frazier / Col Frazer / An Coirnéal Frazer / An Coirnéal Fraser / Green Fields of Ireland / Tommy Whelan's / Whelan's Reel (as a track titled track Meán Fómhair on Lu 1) (also with each part doubled, also with 5th part, also without 3rd part, also structure AABB, also in F) (compare Donaghmore #526, West Wind #2049, Braes of Busby #214, and distantly College Groves #358)
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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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Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
~190717#1
[PT] Patsy Touhey. The Piping of Patsy Touhey. Patsy Touhey (pipes).
19289#2
192818#2
[BtB] Paddy Killoran, James Morrison. From Ballymote to Brooklyn. Paddy Killoran (fiddle), James Morrison (fiddle). For this tune: James Morrison (fiddle).
~19302.2#1
[JMcK] John McKenna. The Music and Life of John McKenna. 'The Buck from the Mountain'. John McKenna (flute, whistle, lilting, vocals). For this tune: (flute).
193120#2
[IFM] Past Masters of Irish Fiddle Music. Ballinakill Traditional Dance Players: Jerry Whyte (fiddle), Tommy Whyte (fiddle), Stephen Moloney (flute), Tommy Whelan (flute).
193821#2
~19471.1#1
[JDrn] Johnny Doran. The Bunch of Keys. Johnny Doran (pipes).
19571.9#2
[SltSdt] Seoltaí Séidte. Setting Sail. Denis Murphy.
~19586#2
[TDMI] Traditional Dance Music of Ireland. The Jimmy Hogan Trio.
~19596#2
196515#1
[TMC] Joe Burke, Andy McGann, and Felix Dolan. A Tribute to Michael Coleman. Joe Burke (accordion), Andy McGann (fiddle), Felix Dolan (piano). For this tune: Andy McGann (fiddle).
19662#1
[BC 3] Bobby Casey. The Spirit of West Clare. Bobby Casey (fiddle, whistle).
~197516#1
[PK 1] Paddy Keenan. Paddy Keenan. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes).
~19756#1
[BC 4] Bobby Casey. Maestro. Bobby Casey (fiddle).
~19755#2
[SK 1] Seán Keane. Gusty's Frolicks. Seán Keane (fiddle).
~197811#2 (1:18)
[SE 5] Seamus Ennis. The Fox Chase. Seamus Ennis (pipes). For this tune: (C# pipes).
~19877#1
[JOS 1] Jerry O'Sullivan. The Invasion. Jerry O'Sullivan (pipes).
~19871.16#1
~19899#1
[DBDL] Ben Lennon, Séamus Quinn, Gabriel McArdle, Ciarán Curran. Dog Big and Dog Little. Ben Lennon (fiddle), Séamus Quinn (fiddle, accordion, piano), Gabriel McArdle (concertina, song), Ciarán Curran (cittern).
19901#1
[COG 1] Conal O Gráda. The Top of Coom. Conal Ó Gráda (flute).
~19968#1
[Lu 1] Lúnasa. Lúnasa. Seán Smyth (fiddle, whistle), Mike McGoldrick (flute, whistle), John McSherry (pipes, whistle), Donagh Hennessy (guitar), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass). For this tune: 1st time or two John McSherry (pipes).
19975#2
[Dnu 1] Danú. Danú. Daire Bracken (fiddle), Brendan McCarthy (accordion), Donnchadh Gough (pipes, bodhrán), Tom Doorley (flute), Eamonn Doorley (bouzouki, fiddle), Timmy Murray (guitar), Cárthach Mac Craith (vocals). For this tune: Tom (flute).
~199813#1
[KH] Kieran Hanrahan. Kieran Hanrahan Plays the Irish Tenor Banjo. Kieran Hanrahan (banjo).
~20005#1
[EOR] Eoin Ó Riabhaigh. Tiomnacht. Handed On. Eoin Ó Riabhaigh (pipes).
~20011#1
[JoeMcK] Joe McKenna. The Irish Low Whistle. Joe McKenna (whistle, pipes, keyboards, piano). For this tune: (low F whistle).
200310#2
[DF] The Dunne Family. Legacy. Mickey Dunne (pipes, fiddle, whistle), Niamh Dunne (fiddle, vocals, viola), Brid Dunne (fiddle). For this tune: Mickey (pipes), Niamh (fiddle).
~20047#1
[GOC 3] Gerry O'Connor. No Place Like Home. Gerry O'Connor (banjo, fiddle, viola). For this tune: (banjo).
20066#1
[MOR 2] Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. Inside Out. Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
20095#2
[LBCK] Kevin Griffin, Eoin O'Neill, Quentin Cooper. Live at the Burren Centre, Kilfenora. Kevin Griffin (banjo), Eoin O'Neill (bouzouki), Quentin Cooper (mandolin, banjo). For this tune: Kevin (banjo), Quentin (banjo).
201012#2
[MCnDMn] Mick Conneely and David Munnelly. 'Tis What It Is. Mick Conneely (fiddle, bouzouki), David Munnelly (accordion, melodeon). For this tune: with Jonas Fromseier (banjo).
~20102#1
[MCny 2] Michael Cooney. Just Piping. Michael Cooney (pipes).
~201011#2
[GMrphy] Gráinne Murphy. Short Stories. Gráinne Murphy (fiddle).
~20107#2
[DShrdn 1] Dave Sheridan. Drivin' Leitrim Timber. Dave Sheridan (flute, guitar). For this tune: (Eb flute).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Fisherman's Lilt
WW 2, BtB
Kerry Reel
SltSdt, GD
Beauty Spot
FidDel
Flogging Reel
IFM
Bunker Hill
TDMI
Doctor Gilbert
SK 1
Braes of Busby
SE 5
Independent
Dnu 1
Patsy Geary's
DF
Durrow
LBCK
McGovern's Favourite
MCnDMn
Star of Munster
GMrphy
Morning Dew
DShrdn 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Steampacket
WW 2, BtB, SltSdt, GD
My Love Is in America
JDrn, PK 1
Drowsy Maggie
FidDel
Wild Irishman
TMC
Toss the Feathers
BC 3
Sailor's Bonnet
DBDL
Salamanca
KH
Finbar Dwyer's
JoeMcK
Bucks of Oranmore
DF
Highest Hill in Sligo
MOR 2

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 #1246 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #520 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #21 in volume 3 of [LPTW] Eithne Vallely. Learn to Play the Tin Whistle. [available]
On page 41 of [LPUP] Eithne and Brian Vallely. Learn to Play the Uilleann Pipes. [available]
As tune #87 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
On page 104 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As reel #359 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #137 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [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