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Tune ID#696 (Galway Rambler)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Galway Rambler about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording HG (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Galway Rambler, The / Galway Rambler / Siúlóir na Gaillimhe / Fánaí na Gaillimhe / The Sligo Rambler / Lord Wellington / Wellington's / Wellington's Reel / Wellington's No. 1 / Tiarna Wellington / Paddy Finley's Fancy / Paddy Finlays Fancy / Paddy Finlay's Favourite / Finley's Fancy / Finlay's Delight / Bainis an Phíobaire / The Piper's Wedding / Manchester Reel / The Manchester / Carton's No. 2 Reel / Cathcart's Favourite / Walsh's Favorite / Walsh's Favourite / The Fairy Hurlers / Dash to Portobello / Rising Sun / Sean Ryan's / Sean Ryan's Reel (2nd in set The Galway Rambler on TCB 4; 2nd in set Mountain Rambler on MSHtn 4; 2nd in set The Five Reel Set on MOCCH 1; 2nd in McFadden's Handsome Daugher Set on PttW) (compare 1st part with 1st part of both Lord Wellington's #4522 and Tommy Whelan's No. 1 #7548) (also with a 3rd part between A and B parts on SprkDwn)
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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).
19278#2
193723#2
[IDM 2] Past Masters of Irish Dance Music. Aughrim Slopes Ceilidhe Band.
193811#1
[HG] Hugh Gillespie. Classic Recordings of Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. Hugh Gillespie (fiddle).
~195410#1
[CmA 2] The Coleman Archive Vol. 2: The Home Place. Charlie Higgins (flute), Jack Dolan (fiddle).
~19571.15#1
[JV] John Vesey. Sligo Fiddler. John Vesey (fiddle).
~19598#2
[AIC1] Paddy Canny, P.J. Hayes, Peadar O'Loughlin, Bridie Lafferty. An Historic Recording of Irish Traditional Music from County Clare and East Galway. Paddy Canny (fiddle), P.J. Hayes (fiddle). For this tune: with Peadar O'Loughlin.
~19592#2
[AIC2] Paddy Canny. Meet Paddy Canny. All-Ireland Champion - Violin. Paddy Canny (fiddle). For this tune: with Peadar O'Loughlin.
196020#1
[ECr] Elizabeth Crotty. Concertina Music from West Clare. Elizabeth Crotty (concertina). For this tune: with Seán Reid, Aggie White, Peter O'Loughlin, Hugh Doohan, Paddy Breen, Michael Tubridy.
~19671#1
[SprklDwn] Hughie Gillespie and Frank Kelly. The Sparkling Dawn. Hughie Gillespie (fiddle), Frank Kelly (fiddle).
~19682.9#2
[EMlny] Eddie Moloney. Eddie Moloney. Master Musician. Eddie Moloney (flute, fiddle, whistle, vocal). For this tune: (flute), with Joe Burke (accordion), Donal Standún (banjo), Kathleen Collins (fiddle).
~196919#2
[CmA 3] The Open Door. The Coleman Archive Volume 3. Mick Conry (C whistle).
~19767#2
[ST KCF] Séamus Tansey. King of the Concert Flute. Remastered. Séamus Tansey (flute).
~19782.4#2
[Boys 7] Boys of the Lough. Wish You Were Here. Highlands and Islands Tour. Dave Richardson (mandolin, banjo), Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathal McConnell (flute, whistle), Robin Morton (bodhrán, concertina). For this tune: Cathal (whistle).
~19861#2
[HMSP] Joe Burke, Michael Cooney, Terry Corcoran. Happy to Meet and Sorry to Part. Joe Burke (accordion), Michael Cooney (pipes, whistle), Terry Corcoran (guitar, vocals).
~19895#2
[SRn 1] Seán Ryan. Siúil Uait / Take the Air. Seán Ryan (whistle).
199016#2
[COG 1] Conal O Gráda. The Top of Coom. Conal Ó Gráda (flute).
199013#3
[MissReel] Séamus McGuire, John Lee. The Missing Reel. An Ríl ar Lár. Séamus McGuire (fiddle, viola), John Lee (flute).
~19911#2
[DD 9] De Dannan. 1/2 Set in Harlem. Frankie Gavin (fiddle, flute, whistle, piano), Aidan Coffey (accordion), Alec Finn (bouzouki, guitar, harmonica), Eleanor Shanley (vocals), Colm Murphy (bodhrán).
~19911#3
[MV] Maiden Voyage. Live Traditional Irish Music Session from Pepper's Bar, Feakle, Co. Clare. Tommy Peoples (fiddle), Siobhán Peoples (fiddle), Andrew McNamara (accordion), Kevin Crawford (flute), P.J. King (accordion), Páraic Mac Donnchadha (banjo), Pat Marsh (bouzouki), Joe Bane (whistle), John Maloney (bodhrán), Séan Mac Donnchadha (vocals).
199613#3
[AW] Paddy Reynolds, Charlie Mulvihill, James Keane, with Felix Dolan. Atlantic Wave. Paddy Reynolds (fiddle), Charlie Mulvihill (accordion), James Keane (accordion). For this tune: James Keane (accordion).
~19971#2
[CBt] Celtic Beat. Traditional Music from Ireland. Jason O'Rourke (concertina).
~19973#3
[Shskn 10] Shaskeen. Music for Set Dancing and Listening. Tom Cussen (banjo, mandolin), Benny O'Connor (drums, bodhrán, bongos), Seán Conway (flute, whistle, guitar), Eamonn Cotter (flute), Mike Fahy (guitar), Charlie Harris (accordion), Geraldine Cotter (piano), Carl Hession (piano).
~19982#1
[KHe] Kevin Henry. One's Own Place - A Family Tradition. Kevin Henry (flute, whistle, pipes, vocals). For this tune: with Maggie Healy (flute).
199914#1
[AMacN 1] Andrew Mac Namara. Dawn. Andrew Mac Namara (accordion).
19991#3
[JWh 8] John Whelan. Celtic Roots. John Whelan (accordion).
199915#1
[GCJR] Gerard Commane and Joe Ryan with Eoin O'Neill. Two Gentlemen of Clare Music. Gerard Commane (concertina), Joe Ryan (fiddle).
~20002#2
[MMcNmr 2] Mary MacNamara. The Blackberry Blossom. Mary MacNamara (concertina). For this tune: (Ab/Eb concertina).
20012#1
[KHys 1] Kitty Hayes. A Touch of Clare. Kitty Hayes (concertina). For this tune: with Yvonne Casey (fiddle).
20012#2
[LFJW] Liam Farrell and Joe Whelan. They Sailed Away from Dublin Bay. Liam Farrell (banjo), Joe Whelan (accordion). For this tune: with James Carty (flute).
~20049#2
[JCnly 3] Johnny Connolly. An Mileoidean Scaoilte. Johnny Connolly (melodeon).
~20058#3
[MulcFam2] Mick, Louise & Michelle Mulcahy. Notes from the Heart. Mick Mulcahy (accordion, melodeon), Louise Mulcahy (flute, pipes), Michelle Mulcahy (fiddle, concertina, harp, piano). For this tune: Louise (Eb flute).
~20052.12#3
[WFO 3] Wooden Flute Obsession 3. Louise Mulcahy (Eb flute).
200611#3
[TCB 4] The Tulla Céilí Band. 60th Anniversary Celebration. Mark Donnellan (fiddle), Martin Hayes (fiddle), Jim Corry (piano), Sean Donnelly (accordion), Michael McKee (accordion), J.J. Conway (flute), Jennifer Lenihan (flute), Martin Glynn (flute), Mick Flanagan (drums).
20073#1
[KHys 2] Kitty Hayes. Remembered. In Concert in Glór and Bantry House. Kitty Hayes (concertina). For this tune: with Peter Laban (C pipes), Mick Kinsella (harmonica), Josephine Marsh (accordion).
~20071#5
[GCB 2] The Glenside. Take the Floor with The Glenside. Tom Flood (accordion), Johnny Duffy (banjo), Moyra Fraser (keyboard, vocals), Aidan Flood (drums).
~20071#2
[PttW] Matt Molloy and John Carty with Arty McGlynn. Pathway to the Well. Matt Molloy (flute), John Carty (fiddle), Arty McGlynn (guitar).
20081#2
[LRCB] Lough Ree Ceili Band. Keep 'er Lit. Live from Spanish Point. Johnnie Duffy (banjo), Brendan Doyle (accordion), Liz Ryan (piano), Colin Butler (drums).
20089#2
[MSHtn 4] Matt and Shannon Heaton. Lovers' Well. Shannon Heaton (vocals, flute, whistle), Matt Heaton (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, bodhrán). For this tune: (flute).
~200810#2
[MOCCH 1] Máirtín O'Connor, Cathal Hayden, Seamie O'Dowd. Crossroads. Máirtín O'Connor (accordion), Cathal Hayden (fiddle, banjo, viola), Seamie O'Dowd (guitar, vocals, bass, mandolin, cabasa).
~200811#2
[RossBr] Ben Lennon and Tony O'Connell. Rossinver Braes. Ben Lennon (fiddle), Tony O'Connell (concertina).
~200911#2
[LCJD 2] Liz Carroll and John Doyle. Double Play. Liz Carroll (fiddle), John Doyle (guitar, bouzouki, mandola, vocals).
~20101#2
[IslTrs] Marcus Hernon and Johnny Connolly. Seoda na n-Oileán. Island Treasures. Marcus Hernon (flute), Johnny Connolly (melodeon). For this tune: Marcus (flute).
201114#3
[PMcGl 2] Paul McGlinchey. The Boys of the Town. Paul McGlinchey (flute).
201117#1
[IFMCK] Connie O'Connell. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. Connie O'Connell (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Geoghegan's Fancy
IDM 2, AIC2, AIC1
Dunmore Lasses
GD, ST KCF
Dowd's No. 9
HMSP, JCnly 3
Gorman's
MissReel, MV
A View from Across the Valley
MulcFam2, WFO 3
Farrell O'Gara
LRCB, MOCCH 1
Mary McMahon
Boys 7
Broken Pledge
EMlny
Tinker's Daughter
SRn 1
Captain Kelly
COG 1
Peter Feeney's Dream
DD 9
Dunmore Lasses
CmA 3
Bank of Ireland
Shskn 10
Jolly Tinker
AW
Man of the House
CBt
Toss the Feathers
JWh 8
O'Reilly's Greyhound
MMcNmr 2
George White's Favourite
LFJW
Old Torn Petticoat
TCB 4
Glass of Beer
GCB 2
Johnny Gorman's Reel
PttW
Mountain Road
MSHtn 4
Cavan Reel
RossBr
Castle Kelly
LCJD 2
Last Night's Fun
IslTrs
Green Mountain
PMcGl 2
Played beforeOn Albums
London Lasses
IDM 2, CmA 2, JV, COG 1, GCJR, KHys 1, KHys 2
Laurel Tree
GD, CmA 3, Boys 7
New-Mown Meadows
CBt, IslTrs
Sheehan's
HG
Copperplate
SprklDwn
Jerry Holland's
DD 9
Flowers of Redhill
KHe
Bill O' Malley's Reel
AMacN 1
Crosses of Annagh
PttW
Morning Dew
LRCB
Tommy Peoples'
MOCCH 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 #177 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As reel #25 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #313 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
In [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 37 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As tune #28 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [available]
As tune #21 in [DM 4] Dave Mallinson. 100 Vital Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 104 of [IFMCK] Drew Beisswenger. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. [available]
In [LM] L[arry]. E. McCullough. ? [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 only the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1927