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Tune ID#5406 (Acrobat)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Acrobat about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Boys 8 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBBb Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Acrobat, The / Acrobat's Hornpipe (also in D)
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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).
~1980B.3#2
[Boys 8] Boys of the Lough. Regrouped. Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathal McConnell (flute, whistle, vocals), Dave Richardson (concertina, mandolin, cittern), Tich Richardson (guitar). For this tune: 1st time Aly (fiddle).
19965#2
[BrdgGap] Kevin Moloney, Sean Moloney. Bridging the Gap. Kevin Moloney (fiddle), Sean Moloney (flute). For this tune: Sean Moloney (flute).
~19969#2
[ECotter] Eamonn Cotter. Traditional Irish Music from County Clare. Eamonn Cotter (flute).
~19994#2
[HB 1] Harry Bradley. Bad Turns and Horse-Shoe Bends. Harry Bradley (flute).
20044#2
[LYK 2] The Kane Sisters. Under the Diamond. Liz Kane (fiddle), Yvonne Kane (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
City of Savannah
Boys 8
[untitled]
BrdgGap
Galway Bay
ECotter
Stage
HB 1
Paddy Fahy's
LYK 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Off to California
Boys 8
Eureka
BrdgGap

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 hpipe #35 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.

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): 1980