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Tune ID#440 (Game of Love)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Game of Love about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JDSC (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBE Minor
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Game of Love, The / Cluiche an Ghrá / Sórtanna Suirí / The Girls of Farranfore / Lass of Farranfore / The New Custom House / The Aberdeen Lasses / Bloron's Fancy / Bond's Reel / Caunheen's Reel (2nd in set The Game of Love on Drv 2) (also singled; sometimes combined with Pride of Rathmore #1614 such as the transcription in book SIMB included here) (compare 1st part with 1st part of New Custom House #3194 and compare some settings with 1st part of Considine's Grove #6290)
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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).
~197710#2
[JDSC] Jackie Daly, Séamus Creagh. Jackie Daly. Séamus Creagh. Jackie Daly (accordion), Séamus Creagh (fiddle).
~19861.2#1
[MMulv 2] Martin Mulvihill. The Humors of Glin. Martin Mulvihill (fiddle).
19931#2
[MOK] Máire O'Keeffe. Cóisir. House Party. Máire O'Keeffe (fiddle).
19957#2
[JK 2] James Kelly and Zan McLeod. The Ring Sessions. James Kelly (fiddle), Zan McLeod (guitar, bouzouki). For this tune: Zan (guitar).
~199511#2
[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).
20062#2
[MMrch 2] Marcas Ó Murchú. Turas Ceoil. Marcas Ó Murchú (flute, whistle). For this tune: (Eb flute).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Pride of Rathmore
MOK, MMrch 2
Follow Me Down to Carlow
JDSC
Sailing into Walpole's Marsh
JK 2
Victory Reel
Drv 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Jack Connell's
MMulv 2
Flowing Bowl
MOK
Teetotaller
JK 2
Humours of Toomagh
Drv 2
Maids in the Meadow
MMrch 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 #293 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As tune #53#2 in [SIMB] Tony Sullivan. Sully's Irish Music Book. [available]
As reel #621 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [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): 1966