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Tune ID#573 (Eel in the Sink)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Eel in the Sink about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MBP (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Eel in the Sink, The / An Eascann sa Doirteal / Eel in the Sink / The Irishman's Blackthorn / Maide Draighin an Éireannaigh / The Blackthorn / The Hills of Kesh / Cnocáin na Céise (also doubled, also in Mixolydian) (compare John Naughton's #5670 and Old Grey Gander #6364: and #2792; 2nd part same as 2nd part of Sheeren's Reel #6192)
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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).
19211.23#1
[PJConlon] Peter J. Conlon. The Genius of Peter Conlon. 78 RPM Recordings from 1917-1929. Peter J. Conlon (melodeon).
~19726#1
[BHCMoher] Sean Ryan, Kathleen Ryan, Pat Lyons. Back Home to the Cliffs of Mohir [sic]. Sean Ryan (fiddle), Pat Lyons (accordion), Kathleen Ryan (piano).
19779#2
[MBP] Matt Molloy, Paul Brady, Tommy Peoples. Matt Molloy. Paul Brady. Tommy Peoples. Matt Molloy (flute), Paul Brady (guitar, vocals), Tommy Peoples (fiddle). For this tune: Matt Molloy (flute).
19879#1
[WmSullvn] William Sullivan. Traditional Irish Music. William Sullivan (accordion).
~199513#2
[JW 1] John Williams. John Williams. John Williams (accordion, concertina). For this tune: (concertina), with Martin Hayes (fiddle).
~199715#1
[Shskn 10] Shaskeen. Music for Set Dancing and Listening. Tom Cussen (banjo, mandolin), Benny O'Connor (drums, bodhrán, bongos), Seán Conway (flute, whistle, guitar), Eamonn Cotter (flute), Mike Fahy (guitar), Charlie Harris (accordion), Geraldine Cotter (piano), Carl Hession (piano).
19993#2
[JWh 8] John Whelan. Celtic Roots. John Whelan (accordion).
19994#2
[MCnnly] Mick Conneely. Selkie. Mick Conneely (fiddle, bouzouki). For this tune: with Mick Senior (fiddle).
~20094#3
[Ldn 2] Líadan. Casadh na Taoide. Turning the Tide. Elaine Cormican (whistle, flute, vocals, mandolin), Claire Dolan (fiddle, strings, vocals), Síle Denvir (harp, vocals), Deirdre Chawke (piano accordion, vocals), Valerie Casey (fiddle, vocals), Catherine Clohessy (flute, whistle, vocals).
20129#2
[CtNGn] Caitlín Nic Gabhann. Caitlín. Caitlín Nic Gabhann (concertina, dance).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Tilly Finn's
MBP
Thady Casey's Fancy
JW 1
Humours of Ballyconnell
JWh 8
Providence Reel
MCnnly
Road to Finter
Ldn 2
Farewell to Erin
CtNGn
Played beforeOn Albums
Culfodda Reel
BHCMoher, MCnnly
Last Night's Fun
JW 1
Mullingar Races
Shskn 10
Star of Munster
JWh 8
High Road to Glin
Ldn 2
Clogger's Quilt
CtNGn

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 #244 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As tune #181 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
As tune #33 in volume 4 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As reel #32 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As reel #379 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #125 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [available]
As tune #86 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [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): 1921