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Tune ID#5174 (Clumsy Lover)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Clumsy Lover about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording DD 8 (as reel) (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel64AABBCCDDA Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Clumsy Lover, The (3rd in set Clumsy Love on McP BHB) (also as jig in 1st part of set on DD 8; also in D, with only 2 parts, on McP BHB) (composed by Neil Dickie) [This tune is not (yet?) part of the Irish tradition, but belongs rather to Scottish music.]
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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).
19883#1
[DD 8] De Dannan. A Jacket of Batteries. Frankie Gavin (fiddle, flute, piano), Aidan Coffey (accordion), Alec Finn (bouzouki, guitar, keyboard), Eleanor Shanley (vocals), Colm Murphy (bodhrán), Adele O'Dwyer (cello). For this tune: Aidan (accordion).
19883#2
[DD 8] De Dannan. A Jacket of Batteries. Frankie Gavin (fiddle, flute, piano), Aidan Coffey (accordion), Alec Finn (bouzouki, guitar, keyboard), Eleanor Shanley (vocals), Colm Murphy (bodhrán), Adele O'Dwyer (cello).
19912.2#3
[McP BHB] The McPeake Family and Paul Burns. Back Home in Belfast. (pipes).
~19991#2
[NVall 1] Niall Vallely. Beyond Words. Niall Vallely (concertina, keyboard).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Clumsy Lover
DD 8
Woman of the House
McP BHB
Played beforeOn Albums
Clumsy Lover
DD 8

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): 1988