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Tune ID#691 (Galtee Reel)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Galtee 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 MMR 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Galtee Reel, The / Galtee Reel / The Galtee / The Galty / Camden Town / The Dangerous Reel (also singled; with signficant differences among 2nd parts)
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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).
19702.19#2
[MGm] Michael Gorman. The Sligo Champion. The Fiddle Music of County Sligo. Michael Gorman (fiddle, vocals). For this tune: a nephew of Michael Gorman's named Michael Gorman (flute).
~19742.21#2
[MR 10] Micho Russell. Rarities and Old Favorites 1949-1993. Micho Russell (whistle, flute, vocals). For this tune: (Eb whistle).
~199510#2
[MMR 1] Mike and Mary Rafferty. The Dangerous Reel. Mike Rafferty (flute, whistle, pipes), Mary Rafferty (accordion, flute, whistle).
~201110#1
[FlgMem] Andrew Mac Namara, Orla Harrington, Jim Higgins. Flagstone Memories. Orla Harrington (fiddle), Andrew Mac Namara (accordion), Jim Higgins (piano, percussion).
201211#2
[JKn 7] James Keane. Heir of the Dog. James Keane (accordion).
~201212#1
[Rlta 1] Réalta. Open the Door for Three. Conor Lamb (pipes, whistle), Deirdre Galway (vocals, guitar, bouzouki), Aaron O'Hagan (pipes, whistle, bodhrán).
~20131#2
[JAbrt 1] Joey Abarta. Swimming against the Falls. Snámh in aghaidh easa. Joey Abarta (pipes).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Old Bush
MGm, MR 10
Ormond Sound
MMR 1
Graf Spee
JKn 7
Sweetheart Reel
JAbrt 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Lucky in Love
JKn 7
Dark-Haired Lass
Rlta 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 #132 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
On page 28 of [T] Fintan Vallely. Timber. The Flute Tutor. 2nd Edition. [available]
As reel #582 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc 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): 1970