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Tune ID#574 (Eileen Curran)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Eileen Curran about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording PitS (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBG Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Eileen Curran / Eileen Curran's / Eileen Curren / Eillie Curran's / The Sailor's Return / The Sailor Set on Shore / Sailors Set on Shore (compare John Stewart #6861) (also in A or E, also as hornpipe)
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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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[BC 3] Bobby Casey. The Spirit of West Clare. Bobby Casey (fiddle, whistle).
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[PitS] Paddy in the Smoke. Martin Byrnes (fiddle).
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[PCt] Paddy Carty. Traditional Irish Music. Paddy Carty (flute).
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[JKn 2] James Keane. Roll Away the Reel World. James Keane (accordion).
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[GL20] Green Linnet Records. The Twentieth Anniversary Collection. James Keane (accordion).
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[KB UC] Kevin Burke. Up Close. Kevin Burke (fiddle). For this tune: with Joe Burke (accordion).
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[BlaMrl] P.J. agus Marcus Hernon. Béal a' Mhurlaigh. P.J. Hernon (accordion, melodeon), Marcus Hernon (flute). For this tune: (accordion), (flute).
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[MB 2] Mary Bergin. Feadóga Stáin 2. Mary Bergin (whistle). For this tune: (Bb whistle).
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[WatReeds] Tommy Keane, Jacqueline McCarthy, with Alec Finn. The Wind among the Reeds. Tommy Keane (pipes, whistle), Jacqueline McCarthy (concertina). For this tune: Jacqueline (concertina).
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[MH 3] Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill. The Lonesome Touch. Martin Hayes (fiddle), Dennis Cahill (guitar).
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[LN 2] Laurence Nugent. Two for Two. Laurence Nugent (flute, whistle). For this tune: (F whistle).
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[EOR] Eoin Ó Riabhaigh. Tiomnacht. Handed On. Eoin Ó Riabhaigh (pipes). For this tune: (C# pipes).
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[LLPQ 1] The London Lasses and Pete Quinn. The London Lasses and Pete Quinn. Bernie Conneely (banjo), Elaine Conwell (fiddle), Karen Ryan (fiddle, whistle), Sharon Whelton (flute, whistle).
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[JoeMcK] Joe McKenna. The Irish Low Whistle. Joe McKenna (whistle, pipes, keyboards, piano). For this tune: (A whistle).
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[TTItself] Maeve Donnelly and Peadar O'Loughlin. The Thing Itself. Maeve Donnelly (fiddle), Peadar O'Loughlin (flute).
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[Fngl 1] Fingal. Fingal. James Keane (accordion), Randal Bays (fiddle), Dáithí Sproule (guitar, vocals). For this tune: Randal Bays (fiddle).
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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 #1375 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #625 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #36 in volume 1 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On page 128 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As reel #82 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #309 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [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