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Tune ID#361 (Colonel McBain)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Colonel McBain about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MOK (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBE Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Colonel McBain / Col. McBain / Colonel McBain's / Colonel Mc Bain / Col Mc Bain / General McBean / McBan's Reel / Seán Frank / John Frank / Johnny's Wedding / Sporting Molly / Sporting Mollie / The Duke of Clarence Reel / The Devonshire Hunt / Brian Boru / Dan Sullivan's Reel (also 1st part singled) (compare Mother's Delight #2915 and Mother's Delight #2896)
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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).
19211.19#1
[PJConlon] Peter J. Conlon. The Genius of Peter Conlon. 78 RPM Recordings from 1917-1929. Peter J. Conlon (melodeon).
199314#2
[MOK] Máire O'Keeffe. Cóisir. House Party. Máire O'Keeffe (fiddle).
19945#1
[MvC 1] Moving Cloud. Moving Cloud. Paul Brock (accordion), Maeve Donnelly (fiddle, viola), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Kevin Crawford (flute and percussion), Carl Hession (piano).
~20039#1
[CarbQ 1] Angelina Carberry and Martin Quinn. Angelina Carberry and Martin Quinn. Angelina Carberry (banjo), Martin Quinn (accordion, melodeon).
20055#1
[Drcht 2] Draíocht. Land's End. Michael Rooney (harp), June McCormack (flute). For this tune: June (Eb flute).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Poet Carney
MOK
Played beforeOn Albums
Widow's Daughter
MOK
Geoghegan's Fancy
MvC 1
Rolling in the Barrel
CarbQ 1
Master's Return
Drcht 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 #1403 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #645 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #156 in volume 1 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #182 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
As reel #40 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