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Tune ID#652 (Wild Irishman)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Wild Irishman about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JJK (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Wild Irishman, The / The Wild Irish Man / The Old Wild Irishman / The Glenties Reel / The Flowing Bowl / The West Clare (3rd in set Lord McDonald's / The Wild Irishman on StWing 1; 4th in set The Low Highland on A BI; 3rd in set Heathery Jock on Fdl 1) (also with parts reversed, also in E; includes unique Donegal setting on SA and KOS) (very similar to Flowing Bowl #4580, but distinguished by the opening phrase of the low part)
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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).
~197311#2
[JJK] John and James Kelly with Michael Crehan and Michael Gavin. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. James Kelly (fiddle), John Kelly (fiddle).
~197515#1
[PK 1] Paddy Keenan. Paddy Keenan. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle). For this tune: 1st time solo (pipes), then with Paddy Glackin (fiddle).
~197812#3
[StWing 1] Stockton's Wing. Stockton's Wing. Jigs, Reels & Songs. Maurice Lennon (fiddle), Tommy Hayes (bodhrán, jew's harp), Kieran Hanrahan (banjo, harmonica, bouzouki), Paul Roche (flute, whistle), Tony Callanan (vocals, guitar, bouzouki).
~1981A.6#2
[SA] James Kelly, Paddy O'Brien, Daithi Sproule. Spring in the Air. James Kelly (fiddle), Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Daithi Sproule (guitar, vocals).
~198120#2
[KOS] James Kelly, Paddy O'Brien, Daithi Sproule. Traditional Music of Ireland. James Kelly (fiddle), Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Daithi Sproule (vocals, guitar).
19919#2
[FS] Fiddle Sticks. Irish Traditional Music from Donegal. Ciaran Tourish, Dermot McLaughlin, Séamus Glackin, Kevin Glackin.
~19915#2
[BIABH 3] Bringing It All Back Home. Volume 3. Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Seamus Glackin (fiddle), Kevin Glackin (fiddle).
19951#3
[WaMoDub] Paul McGrattan, Paul O'Shaughnessy. Within a Mile of Dublin. Paul McGrattan (flute), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle).
20019#4
[A BI] Altan. Blue Idol. Not identified in liner notes. [Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle, vocals), Ciaran Tourish (fiddle, whistle), Dermot Byrne (accordion), Ciaran Curran (bouzouki), Mark Kelly (guitar), Dáithi Sproule (guitar)].
~20086#3
[Fdl 1] Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, Aidan O'Donnell. Fidil. Ciarán Ó Maonaigh (fiddle), Aidan O'Donnell (fiddle). For this tune: Ciarán.

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Gravel Walks
SA, KOS
Caher Rua
JJK
Lord McDonald's
StWing 1
Pinch of Snuff
FS
Glen Road to Carrick
BIABH 3
Broken Pledge
WaMoDub
Donegal Lassies
A BI
Marquis of Huntly
Fdl 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Sailor's Bonnet
PK 1

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 #52 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." [available]
On page 106 of [NF] Allen Feldman. The Northern Fiddler. [available]
As tune #52 in [SIMB] Tony Sullivan. Sully's Irish Music Book. [available]
On page 70 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 117 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #350 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #7 in [DM 4] Dave Mallinson. 100 Vital 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): 1962