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Tune ID#4439 (Porthole of the Kelp)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Porthole of the Kelp about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BC 4 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Porthole of the Kelp, The / Porthole of the Kelp / Port Hole of the Kelp / Port Hole in the Kelp / Bobby Casey's (also in G or E) (composed by Bobby Casey)
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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).
~19751#2
[BC 4] Bobby Casey. Maestro. Bobby Casey (fiddle).
~20025#1
[PJCJC] P.J. Crotty, Carol Cullinan, James Cullinan. Happy to Meet. P.J. Crotty (flute), James Cullinan (fiddle), Carol Cullinan (piano). For this tune: James Cullinan (fiddle).
~20043#3 (11:34)
[Boh 4] Bohola. 4. Jimmy Keane (piano accordion, vocals, foot), Sean Cleland (fiddle), Pat Broaders (dordan, vocals), Kat Eggleston (vocals). For this tune: Jimmy.
~20048#1
[TTItself] Maeve Donnelly and Peadar O'Loughlin. The Thing Itself. Maeve Donnelly (fiddle), Peadar O'Loughlin (flute).
~20075#1
[ATrgs 1] Athena Tergis. A Letter Home. Athena Tergis (fiddle).
201213#1
[LMlltt 2] Larry Mallette. A Stroll in the Park. Larry Mallette (flute). For this tune: (C flute).
~201211#1
[MORDOM] Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh and Danny O' Mahony. As It Happened. Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina), Danny O' Mahony (accordion).
201311#2
[Tda 5] Téada. Ainneoin na Stoirme. In Spite of the Storm. Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle, piano, keyboard), Séamus Begley (vocals, melodeon), Paul Finn (accordion, concertina), Damien Stenson (flute), Seán Mc Elwain (guitar, bouzouki, bass guitar), Tristan Rosenstock (bodhrán).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Tuttle's Reel
BC 4
In London So Fair
Boh 4
James Murray's
Tda 5
Played beforeOn Albums
John Naughton's
PJCJC
Floating Crowbar
TTItself
Terralsole
ATrgs 1
Old Maids of Galway
MORDOM
Watchmaker
Tda 5

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): 1975