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Tune ID#6983 (Cat that Ate the Candle)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Cat that Ate the Candle about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording RBysFam (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABD Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Cat that Ate the Candle, The / An Cat d'ith an Coinneal / The Morning Star / Father Hogan's (also with an extra beat in the 2nd part on GLPL 2)
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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).
20021#1
[GLPL 2] Grey Larsen and Paddy League. Dark of the Moon. Grey Larsen (flute, whistle, concertina, harmonium), Paddy League (bodhrán, guitar, concertina). For this tune: (flute).
~201410#1
[RBysFam] Randal Bays and Family. A Rake of Tunes. Randal Bays (fiddle), Susan Waters (fiddle), Willie Bays (flute), Owen Bays (concertina). For this tune: Randal (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played beforeOn Albums
Petticoat Loop
GLPL 2
Drowsy Maggie
RBysFam

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 #153 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [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): 1963