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Tune ID#4916 (Johnny Going to Céilí)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Johnny Going to Céilí about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Trpsw (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):
Johnny Going to Céilí / Johnny Going to Ceili / Johnny Going a Ceili / The Beauty Spot / The Gossoon that Beat His Father / An Gasúr a Bhuail a Athair (also doubled) (could be considered in D Mixolydian) (1st in set Sean Maguire's on Trpsw; 2nd in set People's 2 on MCny 2) (compare 1st part with 1st part of Beauty Spot #135 and with 1st part of Gorman's #962)
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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).
~199914#2
[JqMcC] Jacqueline McCarthy. The Hidden Note. Jacqueline McCarthy (concertina).
200113#1
[Dnu 3] Danú. All Things Considered. Tom Doorley (flute, whistle), Eamon Doorley (bouzouki, mandola), Brendan McCarthy (accordion, harmonica), Oisin MacAuley (fiddle, vocals, guitar), Jesse Smith (fiddle, viola), Noel Ryan (guitar), Donnchadh Gough (bodhrán, pipes), Ciarán Ó Gealbháin (vocals, piano accordion).
~200212#2
[SQGH] Séamus Quinn and Gary Hastings. Slán le Loch Eirne. Stories to Tell. Séamus Quinn (fiddle, melodeon, viola, piano), Gary Hastings (flute). For this tune: Gary (flute).
~20063#1
[Trpsw] John McSherry and Dónal O'Connor. Tripswitch. John McSherry (pipes, whistle), Dónal O'Connor (fiddle, keyboards).
~20079#1
[ATrgs 1] Athena Tergis. A Letter Home. Athena Tergis (fiddle).
~201017#3
[MCny 2] Michael Cooney. Just Piping. Michael Cooney (pipes).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Sporting Paddy
JqMcC
Peter Flanagan's
SQGH
Boys on the Hilltop
MCny 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Kiss the Maid behind the Barrel
Dnu 3
Lománach CrossTrpsw
Father O'Grady's Visit to Bocca
ATrgs 1

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 #202 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): 1999