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Tune ID#3921 (Trip to Windsor)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Trip to Windsor about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Boys 14 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBA Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Trip to Windsor, The / Spootaskerry (2nd in set Punch on Lu 5 and Lu 7) (composed by Dan R. MacDonald or Ian Burns) [This tune is not (yet?) part of the Irish tradition, but belongs rather to Cape Breton or Shetland music.]
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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).
~19888#3
[Boys 14] Boys of the Lough. Sweet Rural Shade. Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathall McConnell (flute, whistle, vocals), Dave Richardson (concertina, mandolin, cittern), Christy O'Leary (pipes, whistle, vocals), John Coakley (guitar, piano).
~19975#3
[SS 3] Sharon Shannon. Each Little Thing. Sharon Shannon (accordion, fiddle, whistle). For this tune: with Mary Custy (fiddle).
~19981#3
[JOS 2] Jerry O'Sullivan. The Gift. Jerry O'Sullivan (pipes, whistle, Scottish smallpipes, Irish warpipes). For this tune: (pipes), with Séamus Connolly (fiddle).
20033#2
[Lu 5] Lúnasa. The Kinnitty Sessions. Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhran), Donogh Hennessy (guitar), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass), Sean Smyth (fiddle, whistle), Cillian Vallely (pipes, whistle). For this tune: Sean (fiddle).
~200410#2
[Lu 7] Lúnasa. The Story So Far .... Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhran), Sean Smyth (fiddle, whistle), Cillian Vallely (pipes, whistle), Mike McGoldrick (flute, pipes), John McSherry (pipes), Donogh Hennessy (guitar), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass, cello), Paul Meehan (guitar). For this tune: Sean Smyth (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Scottish Concerto Strathspey
Lu 5, Lu 7
The Green Hills of Tyrol
Boys 14
Lexy Macaskill's Reel
SS 3
Lucky in Love
JOS 2
Played beforeOn Albums
A Punch in the Dark
Lu 5, Lu 7

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): 1988