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Tune ID#597 (Fairy Reel)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Fairy Reel about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Ev (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Fairy Reel, The / The Fairey Reel / Cor na Sióg / Ríl na Sióg / The Fairy / The Fairy Dance / Largo's Fairy Dance / Daunse ny Farishyn / Fisher Laddie / Haymakers / The Jolly Banger / An Buailteoir Meidhreach / Old Molly Hare / Quick Scotch (note that 2nd part is used as intro on PotW) (compare Fairy Dance #593; compare 1st part with 1st part of An Buailteoir Aerach #6004; compare 1st part with 1st part of The Spinner's Delight included here in books 1850 and Krsn; compare 1st 2 bars with 1st 2 bars of Lománach Cross #1145) (composed by Nathanial Gow)
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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).
~19715#1
~197910#2
[Ev] Kevin Burke and Jackie Daly. Eavesdropper. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Jackie Daly (accordion, concertina). For this tune: with Conal Ó Grada (flute).
200714#1
[PotW] John Wynne and John McEvoy. Pride of the West. John Wynne (flute), John McEvoy (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
O'Connell's Trip To Parliament
Ev
Played beforeOn Albums
Flowers of Red Hill
ST BST
Maggie on the Shore
PotW

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 #1380 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #156 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
On page 128 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As reel #82 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #16 in [DM 3] Dave Mallinson. 100 Evergreen Irish Session 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): 1903