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Tune ID#4892 (Esther's Reel)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Esther's Reel about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BBow 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABE Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Esther's Reel / The Bunch of Currants / An Triopall Cuiríni / Miss Brady (3rd in set The Liverpool Hornpipe (Banjo set) on MOCCH 1) (also doubled; high 2nd part used as intro on Sol 2) (compare 1st part with both 1st part of Considine's Grove #6290 and with 1st part of Charlie O'Donnell's #306)
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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).
~19842#1
[BBow 1] Jackie Daly, Séamus & Manus McGuire. Buttons and Bows. Jackie Daly (accordion, concertina), Séamus McGuire (fiddle, viola), Manus McGuire (fiddle).
~19975#5
[Sol 2] Solas. Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers. Karan Casey (vocals), John Doyle (guitar, mandocello, vocals), Seamus Egan (flute, banjo, whistle, mandolin, guitar, bodhrán, percussion), Winifred Horan (fiddle), John Williams (accordion, concertina).
~20007#1
[VCJL] Verena Commins and Julie Langan. Fonnchaoi. Verena Commins (accordion, piano), Julie Langan (fiddle).
~200711#1
[TAM] Joe Burke, Brian Conway and Felix Dolan. A Tribute to Andy McGann. Joe Burke (accordion), Brian Conway (fiddle), Felix Dolan (piano).
~20088#3
[MOCCH 1] Máirtín O'Connor, Cathal Hayden, Seamie O'Dowd. Crossroads. Máirtín O'Connor (accordion), Cathal Hayden (fiddle, banjo, viola), Seamie O'Dowd (guitar, vocals, bass, mandolin, cabasa). For this tune: Cathal (banjo), O'Connor (accordion).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Frank's Reel
Sol 2
Johnny Mhosai's Reel
MOCCH 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Trip to Kinvara
BBow 1
Jenny Picking Cockles
VCJL
Ballinamore Reel
TAM

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): 1984