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Tune ID#528 (Donegal Reel)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Donegal 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 TDMI (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Donegal Reel, The / The Donegal / Donegal / The Donegall Reel / Ríl Dhún na nGall / The Donegall / Antrim Reel / Úna Bean Uí Chuinneagáin / Una Bhain Ní Chuinneagain / Ríl Thír Chonaill / Ríl Thír Chonaill (1st in set The Donegal Reel on JMcKllp; for Sixteen Hand Reel in book MM) (compare 1st part with 1st part of The Fantastic Reel #602)
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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).
~195220#3
[TDMI] Traditional Dance Music of Ireland. The McCusker Brothers Ceilidh Band.
~19621.3#1
[VCbl] Vincent Campbell. The Purple Heather. Vincent Campbell (fiddle).
197426#1
[JD 3] John Doherty. The Celebrated Recordings. John Doherty (fiddle, vocals).
~197410#2
[KCB 3] [The Kilfenora Ceili Band]. [The Kilfenora Céilí Band].
~197712#1
[SE 4] Séamus Ennis. Forty Years of Irish Piping. Seamus Ennis (pipes except where whistle or vocals noted). For this tune: (C# pipes).
~198312#1
[JMcKllp] Jim McKillop, Josephine Keegan. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. Jim McKillop (fiddle), Josephine Keegan (piano).
~199317#2
[JCnly 1] Johnny Connolly. An tOileán Aerach. Johnny Connolly (melodeon). For this tune: (C melodeon).
~199310#3
[SSt] The Sound of Stone. Artists for Mullaghmore. Kevin Crawford (Eb flute).
~19932#1
[TDrty] Tom Doherty. Take the Bull by the Horns. Tom Doherty (accordion). For this tune: with Brendan Mulvihill (fiddle).
~199711#3
[MMrch 1] Marcas Ó Murchú. Ó Bhéal go Béal. Marcas Ó Murchú (flute, whistle, vocals). For this tune: (C whistle).
~20024#1
[Fns] Feenish. Rabharta. P.J. Hernon (accordion), Marcus Hernon (flute, whistle), Don Stiffe (vocals, guitar, whistle). For this tune: Marcus (flute), joined at 2nd half by Padraic (piano).
~20021.3#2
[MSCB] Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton (accordion), Caroline Tubridy (fiddle), Pat Curtin (flute), Brian Morgan (flute), Ralph Morgan (banjo), George Byrt (piano), Martin Garrihy (drums).
200812#1
[StGrmm 2] Stanley & Grimm. Another Round. . .. Nicole Engstrom aka Nikki Engstrom (fiddle), Sean Brennan (guitar, vocals).
201410#2
[CtlnCrn] Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciarán Ó Maonaigh. Caitlín Ciarán. Caitlín Nic Gabhann (concertina, dance), Ciarán Ó Maonaigh (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Down the Broom
KCB 3, MSCB
Tinker's Apron
TDMI
Miss Johnson
JCnly 1
Monaghan Twig
SSt
Ríl Liatroma
MMrch 1
King Robert the Bruce
CtlnCrn
Played beforeOn Albums
Boil the Breakfast Early
KCB 3, MSCB
Farrell O'Gara
JMcKllp
Maid that Dare Not Tell
TDrty
Drunken Landlady
Fns
Cooley's
StGrmm 2
Fairy Dance
CtlnCrn

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 #66 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." [available]
On page 16 of [LPUP] Eithne and Brian Vallely. Learn to Play the Uilleann Pipes. [available]
As misc #41 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 17 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 17 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On pages 22-23 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #65 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #6 in [DM 4] Dave Mallinson. 100 Vital Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 63 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [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): 1952