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Tune ID#4084 (Rathlin Island)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Rathlin Island about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Drv 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Rathlin Island / Bill Harte's (1st in set Last Nights Fun on Drv 2; 1st in set Rathlin Island on SS 3; 1st in set Island Paddy on Lu 5) (compare 1st part with 1st part of Seán sa Cheo #1750) (composed by Peter Browne)
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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).
~19953#1
[Drv 2] Dervish. Playing with Fire. Cathy Jordan (vocals, bodhrán, bones), Shane Mitchell (accordion), Shane Mc Aleer (fiddle), Liam Kelly (flute, whistle, vocals), Brian Mc Donagh (mandola, mandolin, guitar, vocals, bassola), Michael Holmes (bouzouki, guitar).
~19977#1
[SS 3] Sharon Shannon. Each Little Thing. Sharon Shannon (accordion, fiddle, whistle). For this tune: (C whistle).
20021.10#2
[KCThtr] Live from the Katharine Cornell Theater. Traditional Irish Music. Téada: Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle), John Blake (flute).
~20022#2 (1:47)
[Tda 1] Téada. Téada. Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle, vocals, whistle, piano), John Blake (flute, whistle, guitar, piano), Seán McElwain (banjo, bouzouki, vocals), Tristan Rosenstock (bodhrán, vocals).
20035#1
[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: Kevin (C whistle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Teresa Halpin's
KCThtr, Tda 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Farewell to Philip Lane
KCThtr, Tda 1
Sporting Paddy
SS 3, Lu 5
Graf Spee
Drv 2

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): 1995