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Tune ID#5039 (Cavan Reel)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Cavan 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 SnugBl (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):
Cavan Reel, The / The New Potatoes / Miss Kelly's Favourite / Rogha Iníon Uí Cheallaigh / Handsome Sally / The Merry Thatcher / Through the Heather (compare #5716 and compare 1st part with 1st part of Handsome Sally #799)
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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).
~19932#1
[SnugBl] Paddy O'Brien, Jamie Gans, Daithi Sproule. Snug in the Blanket. Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Jamie Gans (fiddle), Daithi Sproule (guitar).
~200614#3
[DCB 1] The Doon Céilí Band. Around the World for Sport. Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Kate Dowling (flute), Laura MacKenzie (flute), Brian Miller (flute), Jode Dowling (fiddle), Django Amerson (fiddle), Sean Egan (piano).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Lass of Carracastle
DCB 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Ivy Leaf
SnugBl

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 #1505 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #235 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
On page 152 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As reel #194 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): 1903