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Tune ID#550 (Drunken Sailor)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Drunken Sailor about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording TPtts (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe80AABBCCDDEEG Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Drunken Sailor, The (2nd in set The Drunken Sailor on TPtts) (also in A, also with a 6th part composed by Tommy Potts) (compare The Groves Hornpipe #780)
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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).
19718#2 (1:08)
[TPtts] Tommy Potts. The Liffey Banks. Tommy Potts (fiddle).
~198813#1
[NH 1] Noel Hill. The Irish Concertina. Noel Hill (concertina).
~19926#1
[FireAfl] Matt Molloy, Seán Keane, Liam O'Flynn. The Fire Aflame. Matt Molloy (flute), Seán Keane (fiddle), Liam O'Flynn (pipes).
199520#1
[FMD 1] The Fiddle Music of Donegal. Volume One. Peter Tracey (fiddle).
~19964#1
[LN 1] Laurence Nugent. Traditional Irish Music on Flute and Tin-Whistle. Laurence Nugent (flute, whistle). For this tune: (whistle).
~199915#1
[CNea 1] Colin Nea. The Pure Box. Colin Nea (accordion).
~20006#1
[LC 3] Liz Carroll. Lost in the Loop. Liz Carroll (fiddle).
~20055#1
[TOCAM] Tony O'Connell and Andy Morrow. Tony O'Connell and Andy Morrow with Arty McGlynn. Tony O'Connell (concertina), Andy Morrow (fiddle). For this tune: 1st time Tony (concertina).
~20079#1
[Chlr 3] Chulrua. The Singing Kettle. Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Patrick Ourceau (fiddle), Pat Egan (guitar, vocals). For this tune: Paddy (accordion).
201310#2
[CFF 6] The Celtic Fiddle Festival. Live in Brittany. André Brunet (fiddle, feet), Kevin Burke (fiddle), Christian Lemaître (fiddle), Nicolas Quémener (guitar). For this tune: Kevin (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Galway Bay
TPtts, CFF 6
Played beforeOn Albums
Paddy Fahy's
FMD 1
Bag of Spuds
LC 3
Gatehouse Maid
Chlr 3

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 #54 in [LPF] Eithne and Brian Vallely. Learn to Play the Fiddle with Armagh Pipers Club. [available]
As hp #63 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [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): 1971