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Tune ID#438 (Curlews)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Curlews about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording SBw (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBB Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Curlews, The / The Curlew / The Curlew Reel / Road to Cashel / Darach DeBrun's [Darach de Brún's] (4th in set Eilis on Stpkt) (composed by Josephine Keegan)
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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).
~198710#2
[FT] John Whelan, Eileen Ivers. Fresh Takes. John Whelan (accordion), Eileen Ivers (fiddle).
19881#1
[A HH] Altan. Horse with a Heart. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle, vocals), Frankie Kennedy (flute), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle), Ciaran Curran (bouzouki), Mark Kelly (guitar).
~19961#2
[SBw] Folan and Davey. Skin and Bow. Declan Folan (fiddle), Junior Davey (bodhrán).
20029#4
[Stpkt] Steampacket. Homecoming. Stephan Schneider (fiddle), Tina Fastje (fiddle), Claus Steinort (flute), Rolf Wagels (bodhrán), Andreas Lassak (guitar, bass).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Trip to Skye
FT
Maurice Lennon's
SBw
Callaghan's
Stpkt
Played beforeOn Albums
Father O'Grady's Visit to Bocca
A HH

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 reel #367 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
As reel #55 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #144 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [available]
As new #44 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): 1987