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Tune ID#5355 (Wild Geese)

Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Mode ?
AirA Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Wild Geese, The / Na Géanna Fiáine / Flight of the Wild Geese / The Flight of the Wild Geese / The Lament for The Wild Geese (also in G)
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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).
19929#1
[Ch CH] The Chieftains. The Celtic Harp. A Tribute to Edward Bunting with the Belfast Harp Orchestra. Martin Fay (fiddle), Seán Keane (fiddle), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán, vocals), Matt Molloy (flute), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Derek Bell (harp, tiompán, harpsichord).
199510#1
[JMd 2] Joanie Madden. Song of the Irish Whistle. Joanie Madden (whistle, flute, percussion). For this tune: (whistle).
~200114#1
[RB 2] Ronan Browne. The Wynd You Know. Ronan Browne (pipes, flute, bansuri). For this tune: (pipes).
~201118#1
[MOhEn] Micheál Ó hEidhin [with] Steve Cooney and Charlie Lennon. Ceol Sidhe. Shee Music. Micheál Ó hEidhin (concertina), Steve Cooney (guitar), Charlie Lennon (fiddle).
~20116#1
[PO 4] Paddy O'Brien. Mixing the Punch. Paddy O'Brien (accordion).
201410#1
[Unfldg] Unfolding. Young Music from East Clare. Isobel Elger (fiddle).

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 #170 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [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