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Tune ID#3858 (Lonesome Fiddler)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Lonesome Fiddler about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording KClns 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Lonesome Fiddler, The / Eddie Kelly's / Eddie Kelly's Reel (2nd in set Japanese Stair on Sld 1; 1st in set Eddie Kelly's Reels on SWlsh 5) (also in E) (composed by Eddie Kelly)
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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).
~19769#2
[KClns 1] Kathleen Collins. Traditional Music of Ireland. Kathleen Collins (fiddle).
~19812.1#1
[Boys 9] Boys of the Lough. In the Tradition. Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathal McConnell (flute, whistle, vocals), Dave Richardson (concertina, mandolin, cittern, banjo), Tich Richardson (guitar, acoustic bass guitar). For this tune: Aly (fiddle).
19997#2
[Sld 1] Slide. The Flying Pig. Aogán Lynch (concertina, whistle), Daire Bracken (fiddle, guitar, vocals), Mick Broderick (bouzouki), Éamonn de Barra (flute, piano, keyboards, whistle, vocals).
~200711#2
[CMcN] Christy McNamara. The House I Was Reared In. Christy McNamara (accordion, concertina, vocals). For this tune: (accordion), with Martin Hayes (fiddle) and Liam Lewis (fiddle).
~20114#1
[DBrder] Dan Brouder. "The Lark's Air". Dan Brouder (accordion, melodeon).
201414#1
[SWlsh 5] Séamus Walshe. Turas. Séamus Walshe (accordion).
201716#3
[ECrn 2] Éilís Crean. Searbh Siúcra. 21 Eddie Kelly Compositions. Bitter Sweet. Éilís Crean (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Jug of Punch
KClns 1, CMcN
Finbar Dwyer's
Sld 1
Rainy Day
ECrn 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Green Fields of Glentown
Boys 9
My Recurring Dream
Sld 1
Sailor's Cravat
DBrder
Dolly's Hill
SWlsh 5

Bibliography

According to my research, there are zero transcriptions that are musically very similar to this tune anywhere in the indexed books, regardless of tune title. Try my recommended links to other indexes if you need a transcription. To learn to play this tune, simply learn it from another musician or study the recording(s) listed above. See also: Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music.

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1976