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Tune ID#602 (Fantastic Reel)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Fantastic 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 AMPR (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Fantastic Reel, The / Glencolmcille / Gleann Cholm Cille / The Inver Races / Rásaí Inbhir / Charlie Cahey's Reel / Johnny Doherty's / American Reel (compare 1st part with 1st part of The Donegal Reel #528 and with 1st part of Reabui Reel #7014; compare especially 2nd part with 2nd part of Marry When You're Young #1218; compare 2nd part also with 2nd part of Sunny Banks #1849) (composed by Neil Doherty)
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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).
~19746#2
[JD 5] John Doherty. The Floating Bow. John Doherty (fiddle).
~19767#1
[AMPR] Andy McGann and Paddy Reynolds. Andy McGann and Paddy Reynolds. Andy McGann (fiddle), Paddy Reynolds (fiddle).
~19779#1
[DODnl] Danny O'Donnell. Ón tSean-Am Anall. Danny O'Donnell (fiddle).
199117#1
[FS] Fiddle Sticks. Irish Traditional Music from Donegal. Ciaran Tourish, Dermot McLaughlin, Tommy Peoples, Séamus Gibson, Séamus Glackin, Kevin Glackin.
~199417#1
[SndCmC] The Sound of Coleman Country. Peter Horan (flute).
~20051.12#1
[VCbl] Vincent Campbell. The Purple Heather. Vincent Campbell (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Day I Listed
JD 5
Played beforeOn Albums
Ah Surely
AMPR
Old Dudeen
DODnl
McFarley's
FS
Mountain Top
SndCmC

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 #176 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
As tune #86 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
On page 48 of [SK] Sean Keane. Fifty Fiddle Solos. [available]
As reel #87 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [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): 1974