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Tune ID#395 (An Comhra Donn)

Transcription of first 2 bars of An Comhra Donn about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Ch 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
An Comhra Donn / Comhra Donn / An Comhra na dTonn / An Cófra Donn / An Cora Donn / The Sound of the Waves / The Brown Chest / Sonny Brogan's / Ó Murchú's Hornpipe / Humours of Tullycreen / Durham Rangers (also appears a 2nd time on JnKlly, mislabeled as Unknown / Thady Casey's / Frieze Britches; 1st in set Thunderhead on SS 2; for 5th figure of Borlin Valley Polka Set on MISD 6) (compare 1st part with 1st part of Durham Rangers #2097)
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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).
~19632#1
[Ch 1] The Chieftains. The Chieftains. Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina), Seán Potts (whistle), Martin Fay (fiddle), David Fallon (bodhrán).
197526#1
[JnKlly] John Kelly. Irish Traditional Concertina and Fiddle Music. John Kelly (concertina, fiddle). For this tune: (fiddle).
197528#1
[JnKlly] John Kelly. Irish Traditional Concertina and Fiddle Music. John Kelly (concertina, fiddle). For this tune: (fiddle).
197812#1
[KKgn] Kevin Keegan. The Music of Kevin Keegan. Kevin Keegan (accordion). For this tune: with (whistle) and others.
199111#1
[Ch AIE] The Chieftains. An Irish Evening. Live at the Grand Opera House, Belfast. Martin Fay (fiddle), Seán Keane (fiddle), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán, vocals), Matt Molloy (flute), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Derek Bell (harp, tiompán, keyboards).
19926#1
[SS 2] Sharon Shannon. Out the Gap. Sharon Shannon (accordion, fiddle). For this tune: (fiddle).
~19964#1
[JBrosnan] John Brosnan. The Cook in the Kitchen. John Brosnan (accordion).
~19962.4#1
[MISD 6] Donncha Lynch Trio. The Magic of Irish Set Dancing. Vol. 6. Donncha Lynch (accordion), Aogán Lynch (concertina), Donncha Lynch Jr. (guitar).
200220#1
[DLB] Donncha Lynch Band. Timmy 'the Brit' McCarthy's Set Dances of Cork and Kerry. Donncha Lynch (accordion), Aogan Lynch (concertina), Ronan Lynch (fiddle), Donncha Lynch, Jr. (guitar).
~20093#2
[LmKlly] Liam Kelly. Sweetwood. Liam Kelly (flute, whistle).
~20103#1
[MCny 2] Michael Cooney. Just Piping. Michael Cooney (pipes).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
McMahon's
LmKlly
Played beforeOn Albums
Cronin's Hornpipe
Ch 1, MISD 6
Sliabh Geal gCua na Féile
Ch AIE
[untitled]
SS 2
Pretty Maggie Morrissey
JBrosnan
Mickey Callaghan's Fancy
DLB
Murphy's Hornpipe
LmKlly
Mullingar Races
MCny 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 #210 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
On page 114 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #31 in [LPF] Eithne and Brian Vallely. Learn to Play the Fiddle with Armagh Pipers Club. [available]
On page 18 of [SK] Sean Keane. Fifty Fiddle Solos. [available]
On page 190 of [CITM] Fintan Vallely. The Companion to Irish Traditional Music. [available]
On page 197 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As hp #63 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As hp #57 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): 1963