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Tune ID#6987 (Fair Wind)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Fair Wind about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Dnu 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel24ABCG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Fair Wind / A Fair Wind / The Fair Wind / Cóir Ghaoithe / Tear the Calico / Rip the Calico / Stróic an Ceaileacó / Strac an Eadaig / Strac an Cadas / West Clare Reel / The West Clare Reel / The Blue Meadow / Burren Reel / Tommy Glenny's Reel (mislabeled as I Have No Money on CTL 3; as untitled Reel on Dnu 1; 2nd in set West Clare Reels on Chlr 1; 3rd in set Out on the Road on Drv 5; 2nd in set The Fair Wind on LzKnls 2) (compare Tear the Calico #1677)
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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).
~199212#3
[CTL 3] Cherish the Ladies. The Back Door. Mary Coogan (guitar, banjo), Siobhan Egan (fiddle, bodhrán), Eileen Golden (feet), Winifred Horan (fiddle, feet), Maureen Doherty Macken [Mary Rafferty] (accordion, flute), Joanie Madden (flute, whistle), Cathie Ryan (vocals), Linnane Wick (feet).
~19937#3
[JKn 3] James Keane. That's the Spirit. James Keane (accordion).
19968#2
[Dnu 1] Danú. Danú. Daire Bracken (fiddle), Brendan McCarthy (accordion), Donnchadh Gough (pipes, bodhrán), Tom Doorley (flute), Eamonn Doorley (bouzouki, fiddle), Timmy Murray (guitar), Cárthach Mac Craith (vocals).
~19961#2
[ADB] Mighty Session! Donal Murphy (accordion), Matt Cranitch (fiddle).
19988#3
[Chlr 1] Chulrua. Barefoot on the Altar. Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Tim Britton (pipes, flute, whistle), Pat Egan (guitar, vocals).
19981#3
[JKn 6] James Keane and Friends. Live in Dublin. James Keane (accordion).
~199913#3
[Drv 5] Dervish. Midsummer's Night. Cathy Jordan (vocals, bodhrán, bones), Tom Morrow (fiddle, viola, vocals), Shane Mitchell (accordion), Liam Kelly (flute, whistle), Séamus O'Dowd (guitar, fiddle, harmonica, vocals), Michael Holmes (bouzouki), Brian McDonagh (mandola, mandolin, vocals).
~20044#2
[TTItself] Maeve Donnelly and Peadar O'Loughlin. The Thing Itself. Maeve Donnelly (fiddle), Peadar O'Loughlin (flute).
20069#4
[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).
~200813#2
[HiBs 1] The HiBs. 40 Acre Notch. Jode Dowling (fiddle), Kate Dowling (whistle, flute). For this tune: Kate (flute).
~201010#2
[LzKnls 2] Liz Knowles. Making Time. Liz Knowles (fiddle, strings).
201111#2
[PMcGl 2] Paul McGlinchey. The Boys of the Town. Paul McGlinchey (flute).
201120#1
[IFMCK] Connie O'Connell. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. Connie O'Connell (fiddle).

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In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Dan Breen's
JKn 3, Chlr 1, JKn 6, TTItself
I Have No Money
CTL 3
Hairy Dogleaf
ADB
Joe Bane's
Dnu 1
Repeal of the Union
Drv 5
Merry Harriers
TCB 4
Colonel Rogers
HiBs 1
Droning Old-Aged Woman
LzKnls 2
Moving in Decency
PMcGl 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Sailor's Bonnet
ADB
Last Night's Fun
JKn 6
Sandmount
TTItself
Lucky in Love
HiBs 1
Limerick Lasses
PMcGl 2

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 #81 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
On page 128 of [IFMCK] Drew Beisswenger. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. [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): 1977