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Tune ID#674 (Fred Finn's)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Fred Finn's about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording RtH (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):
Fred Finn's / Fred Finn's Reel / Freddy Finn's Reel / Ríl Fred Finn / Ríl Fhrederic Uí Fhinn / Berkshire Heights / Arda Berkshire / Molly What Ails You? / You're Right My Love / Peadar O'Loughlin's (1st in The Hare in the Heather Set on PttW) (also in C or B or A) (compare very distantly Fisherman's Lilt #1021) (Fred Finn's father Michael Finn is given composer credit on TOCAM, although all other sources only credit Michael Finn as the original source for the tune; LYK 2 mistakenly credits the tune to Fred Finn himself)
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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).
~197919#3
~19862.3#1
[RtH] Round the House. Music for the Sets - Vol. 1. Neillidh Mulligan (C# pipes), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle).
~19923#2
~19941#2
[JCt 1] John Carty and Brian McGrath. The Cat that Ate the Candle. John Carty (banjo, fiddle), Brian McGrath (piano, banjo). For this tune: (banjo).
~199915#1
[MtRd] The Mountain Road. A Compilation of Tunes Popular in South Sligo. Jimmy Murphy (fiddle), James Murray (flute), with Kevin Brehony (piano).
~199928#1
[MtRd] The Mountain Road. A Compilation of Tunes Popular in South Sligo. Seamus Quinn (fiddle), James McDonagh (flute).
200016#1
[Ch W] The Chieftains. Water from the Well. Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle, accordion), Derek Bell (harp, harpsichord, piano, tiompán), Seán Keane (fiddle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán, vocals), Matt Molloy (flute). For this tune: with Rev. Gary Hastings (flute), Noel O'Grady (bouzouki), Peter Horan (flute), John McHugh (fiddle), James Murphy (fiddle), Cora Smyth (fiddle), Laoise Kelly (harp), Peter Molloy (flute).
~200015#2
[OMBFMO] Oisín Mac Diarmada, Brian Fitzgerald, Micheál Ó Ruanaigh. Traditional Music on Fiddle, Banjo and Harp. Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle), Brian Fitzgerald (banjo), Micheál Ó Ruanaigh (harp). For this tune: Oisín (fiddle).
~20002.14#1
[WFO 1] Wooden Flute Obsession. June Ní Chormaic (flute).
20021.7#2
[KCThtr] Live from the Katharine Cornell Theater. Traditional Irish Music. Liz Kane (fiddle), Yvonne Kane (fiddle).
200413#2
[LYK 2] The Kane Sisters. Under the Diamond. Liz Kane (fiddle), Yvonne Kane (fiddle).
~20041.6#2
[WFO 3] Wooden Flute Obsession 3. Sarah-Jane Woods (flute).
~20057#3
[InTndm] Kevin Burke and Ged Foley. In Tandem. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Ged Foley (guitar, vocals).
~200513#1
[TOCAM] Tony O'Connell and Andy Morrow. Tony O'Connell and Andy Morrow with Arty McGlynn. Tony O'Connell (concertina), Andy Morrow (fiddle).
~20071#2
[PHGH 2] Peter Horan and Gerry Harrington. The Merry Love to Play. Peter Horan (flute), Gerry Harrington (fiddle).
~200710#1
[PttW] Matt Molloy and John Carty with Arty McGlynn. Pathway to the Well. Matt Molloy (flute), John Carty (fiddle), Arty McGlynn (guitar).
20141.1#3
[Yanks 2] The Yanks. Haymaker. Dan Gurney (accordion), Dylan Foley (fiddle, whistle), Sean Earnest (guitar, bouzouki), Isaac Alderson (flute, pipes, tenor saxophone, whistle).
20144#2
[SWlsh 5] Séamus Walshe. Turas. Séamus Walshe (accordion). For this tune: with Eimear (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Jug of Punch
KCThtr, LYK 2
Over the Moor to Maggie
MMM
Sailor on the Rock
JCt 1
Mason's Apron
OMBFMO
Piper's Despair
BICM
McGovern's Favourite
InTndm
Abbey Reel
WFO 3
Killavil Bucks
PHGH 2
Hanley's Tweed
Yanks 2
Long Drop
SWlsh 5
Played beforeOn Albums
Maghera Mountain
KCThtr, LYK 2
Laurel Tree
RtH
Hunter's House
MMM
Drowsy Maggie
MtRd
Master's Return
MtRd
Castle Kelly
Ch W
Fr. Newman's Reel
WFO 1
Larry's Favourite
TOCAM
Tilly Finn's
PttW
Torn Jacket
SWlsh 5

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 #257 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As tune #30 in volume 3 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #199 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
As reel #84 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #46 in [DM 3] Dave Mallinson. 100 Evergreen Irish Session Tunes. [available]
As reel #109 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #160 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [available]
As reel #35 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [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): 1967