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Tune ID#377 (Connaught Heifers)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Connaught Heifers about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording WC 3 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABD Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Connaught Heifers, The / The Connacht Heifers / The Connaught Heifers / Budógaí Chonnacht / An Bearach Connachtach / The Connacht Heifer / Connacht Heifer (2nd in set Unapproved Road on Lu 8, but there in 7/8 meter) (also with 2nd part doubled, or even both parts doubled)
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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).
~196110#1
[SE 7] Séamus Ennis. Ceol, Scéalta agus Amhráin. Séamus Ennis (pipes, whistle, vocals). For this tune: (D whistle).
197312#1
[WC 3] Willie Clancy. The Pipering of Willie Clancy. Volume 2. Willie Clancy (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes).
~19806#2
[JKn 2] James Keane. Roll Away the Reel World. James Keane (accordion). For this tune: with Sean Keane (fiddle).
~19885#1
[RBPOL 1] Ronan Browne and Peter O'Loughlin. The South West Wind. Traditional Music from County Clare. Ronan Browne (pipes), Peter O'Loughlin (fiddle). For this tune: (B pipes), (fiddle).
~199112#1
[PG 2] Paddy Glackin. Rabharta Ceoil. In Full Spate. Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Dónal Lunny (bouzouki, guitar, bodhrán). For this tune: with Robbie Hannan (B pipes).
~199113#1
[TKn] Tommy Keane. The Piper's Apron. Tommy Keane (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes), with Jacqueline McCarthy (concertina).
~19929#4
[FireAfl] Matt Molloy, Seán Keane, Liam O'Flynn. The Fire Aflame. Matt Molloy (flute), Seán Keane (fiddle), Liam O'Flynn (pipes).
~199614#3
[MOB] Mick O' Brien. May Morning Dew. Mick O' Brien (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes), with Terry Crehan (fiddle).
~19993#1
[JqMcC] Jacqueline McCarthy. The Hidden Note. Jacqueline McCarthy (concertina). For this tune: with Tommy McCarthy Senior (concertina), Marion McCarthy (pipes), Bernadette McCarthy (fiddle), Tommy McCarthy Junior (fiddle).
~20011#3
[HOP] Claire Byrne, Darragh Murphy, Barry Kerr, Patrick Davey. The Humours of Piping. Claire Byrne (pipes), Darragh Murphy (pipes), Barry Kerr (pipes), Patrick Davey (pipes). For this tune: Claire.
200313#3
[Mona] Live at Mona's. Ivan Goff (B pipes), Patrick Ourceau (fiddle).
20065#3
[MOR 2] Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. Inside Out. Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
~20081#3
[Fngl 1] Fingal. Fingal. James Keane (accordion), Randal Bays (fiddle), Dáithí Sproule (guitar, vocals).
200913#2
[Hmmrs] The Hammers. From Distant Shores. Paul Hammer (mandolin, banjo), Susan Hammer (whistle, concertina). For this tune: (whistle).
~20105#3
[2TapTrio] The Two Tap Trio. A Night at the Fair. Nathan Gourley (fiddle), Norah Rendell (flute, vocals), Brian Miller (guitar, bouzouki, backing vocals).
~20106#2
[Lu 8] Lúnasa. Lá Nua. Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle), Sean Smyth (fiddle, whistle), Cillian Vallely (pipes, whistle), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass), Paul Meehan (guitar, bouzouki, mandolin).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Reel of Mullinavat
JKn 2
Ask My Father
FireAfl
Kerry Reel
MOB
Hills of Tipperary
HOP
Heather Breeze
Mona
Corner House
MOR 2
Pretty Molly
Fngl 1
Laurel Tree
Hmmrs
Tie the Bonnet
2TapTrio
Brady's
Lu 8
Played beforeOn Albums
Mullin's Fancy
JKn 2
Corney Is Coming
RBPOL 1
Yellow Tinker
TKn
Steampacket
PG 2
Seán Reid's
JqMcC
Swinging on a Gate
Hmmrs

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 #89 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
As tune #62 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
On page 17 of [SK] Sean Keane. Fifty Fiddle Solos. [available]
As reel #43 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As reel #187 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [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): 1961