Irish Traditional Music Tune Index
Tune ID#536 (Dowd's Favorite)
about these two bars
Basic musical information on this tune.
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given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Dowd's Favorite / Dowd's Favourite / Dowds Favourite / O'Dowd's Favourite / O'Dowd's Favorite / O'Dowd's Reel / Dowd's / Dowd's Reel / O'Dowd's / Braes of Bushbie (2nd in set Mouth of the Tobique on SS 3) (also in A Dorian, also all parts doubled or only 2nd part doubled or only 3rd part doubled, also with a 4th part)
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.
to hear the first 12 seconds.
|[Album code] Artist. Title. Performers (instruments).
[IDM 1] Irish Dance Music. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
[HG] Hugh Gillespie. Classic Recordings of Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. Hugh Gillespie (fiddle).
[BnkShn] Paddy O'Brien, Séamus Connolly. The Banks of the Shannon. Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Séamus Connolly (fiddle). For this tune: Paddy (accordion).
[TMC] Joe Burke, Andy McGann, and Felix Dolan. A Tribute to Michael Coleman. Joe Burke (accordion), Andy McGann (fiddle), Felix Dolan (piano). For this tune: Andy McGann (fiddle).
[TPtts] Tommy Potts. The Liffey Banks. Tommy Potts (fiddle).
[PCt] Paddy Carty. Traditional Irish Music. Paddy Carty (flute).
[KClns 1] Kathleen Collins. Traditional Music of Ireland. Kathleen Collins (fiddle).
[TP 4] Tommy Peoples. The Iron Man. Tommy Peoples (fiddle).
[SS 3] Sharon Shannon. Each Little Thing. Sharon Shannon (accordion, fiddle, whistle). For this tune: with Michelle O'Brian [sic] (fiddle).
[JWh 6] John Whelan. Come to Dance. John Whelan (accordion). For this tune: with Jim Eagan (fiddle).
[DzDnly 1] Dezi Donnelly. Familiar Footsteps. Dezi Donnelly (fiddle).
[Ovld] Randal Bays and Dáithí Sproule. Overland. Randal Bays (fiddle, guitar), Dáithí Sproule (guitar, vocals).
[MOR 2] Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. Inside Out. Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
[RBys 3] Randal Bays. Dig with It. Randal Bays (fiddle, guitar, harp).
[BrtEarly] Paddy O'Brien, Nathan Gourley, and Dáithí Sproule. Bright and Early. "Something to Crow About". Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Nathan Gourley (fiddle), Dáithí Sproule (guitar).
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 very similar to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.
Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
|On page 64 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. |
|As tune #5 in volume 2 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols. |
|As tune #15 in [P50] Brian and Eithne Vallely. Play 50 Reels. |
|On page 89 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. |
|As tune #75 in [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. |
|On page 28 of [SK] Sean Keane. Fifty Fiddle Solos. |
|On page 24 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition. |
|As reel #67 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. |
|As reel #230 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. |
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): 1922