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Tune ID#4936 (Johnny McIljohn's Reel)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Johnny McIljohn'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 Boys 3 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Johnny McIljohn's Reel / Johnny McIljohn's / Johnny McIlJohn's No.1 / Johnnie McEljohn's / Johnny Macclejohn (3rd in The New Set on Boys 3; 1st in set Johnny McEljohn's on BBg 2; 2nd in set Temple Hill on Lu 4) (also described as a fling)
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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).
19748#3
[Boys 3] Boys of the Lough. Live at Passim. Dave Richardson (mandolin, banjo), Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathal McDonnell [sic for: Cathal McConnell] (flute, whistle), Robin Morton (bodhrán, concertina).
~19851#3
[Boys 11] Boys of the Lough. To Welcome Paddy Home. Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathal McConnell (flute, whistle, vocals), Dave Richardson (concertina, mandolin, banjo, cittern), Christy O'Leary (pipes, harmonica, whistle, vocals), John Coakley (guitar, piano).
~199712#1
[BBg 2] Brendan Begley. We Won't Go Home 'til Morning. Brendan Begley (accordion, melodeon, vocals). For this tune: 1st time (accordion), then with Dermot McLaughlin (fiddle).
200211#2
[Lu 4] Lúnasa. Redwood. Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle), Seán Smyth (fiddle, whistle), Cillian Vallely (pipes, whistle), Donogh Hennessy (guitar, whistle), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass).
~200711#3
[Hmdgr] Paul Brock and Enda Scahill. Humdinger. Paul Brock (accordion), Enda Scahill (banjo, mandolin).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Streamstown Jig
Boys 3
Donegal Highland
Boys 11
Jack Dolan
Lu 4
Primrose Lass
Hmdgr
Played beforeOn Albums
Johnny McIljohn's No. 2
Boys 11, BBg 2
Sonny's Mazurka
Boys 3
Sweetheart Reel
Lu 4

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 #23 in [DM 2] Dave Mallinson. 100 Enduring Irish Session 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): 1974