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Tune ID#618 (Feeding the Birds)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Feeding the Birds about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MMR 1 (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):
Feeding the Birds / Mike Rafferty's (2nd in set Paddy O'Brien's on MV) (also singled) (composed by Mike Rafferty)
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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).
~19917#3
~19953#2
[MMR 1] Mike and Mary Rafferty. The Dangerous Reel. Mike Rafferty (flute, whistle, pipes), Mary Rafferty (accordion, flute, whistle). For this tune: Mike (flute).
~199510#1
[WatReeds] Tommy Keane, Jacqueline McCarthy, with Alec Finn. The Wind among the Reeds. Tommy Keane (pipes, whistle), Jacqueline McCarthy (concertina). For this tune: (concertina), (B pipes).
200010#3
[KC 2] Kevin Crawford. In Good Company. Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle). For this tune: with Mick Conneely (fiddle).
~20031.17#1
[WFO 2] Wooden Flute Obsession 2. Elaine Jeffreys (flute).
~20046#1
[TCllns 1] Tim Collins. Dancing on Silver. Tim Collins (concertina). For this tune: (Bb/F concertina), with Brian McNamara (C pipes).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Swallow's Nest
MV, MMR 1, KC 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Snow on the Hills
WatReeds
Chattering Magpie
TCllns 1
Mary McMahon
WFO 2

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 #38 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): 1991