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Tune ID#756 (Graf Spee)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Graf Spee about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording PitS (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel40ABCDEC Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Graf Spee, The / Graf Spee / Graff Spee / The Graf Spey / Graf Spey / The Grafspey / Grand Spy / The Grand Spy / The Grand Spey / The Grand Spree / Grant's Strathspey / Grant of Strathspey / Winnie Greene's / Winnie Green's Reel / The Rothiemurcus Reel / The Rothiemurcus Rant (2nd in set Last Nights Fun on Drv 2; 4th in The Bloom of Youth Set on PttW; 3rd in set Corney Is Coming on Yanks 2) (also with last part doubled, or without 4th part, or without 4th and 5th parts) (compare 2nd and 3rd parts with the 3rd and 2nd parts, respectively, of The Western Lasses #4833) (also in D or E)
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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).
19362#1
[OTPR] Oldtime Records. Vol. 3. Piping Rarities. Martin Beirne (pipes).
19668#6
[BC 3] Bobby Casey. The Spirit of West Clare. Bobby Casey (fiddle, whistle).
196716#1
[PitS] Paddy in the Smoke. Bobby Casey (fiddle), Lucy Farr (fiddle).
~197415#2
197715#1
[MBP] Matt Molloy, Paul Brady, Tommy Peoples. Matt Molloy. Paul Brady. Tommy Peoples. Matt Molloy (flute), Paul Brady (guitar, vocals), Tommy Peoples (fiddle).
~19789#1
[MMlny 1] Mick Moloney with Eugene O'Donnell, Joe McKenna, Shelley Posen, Patrick Sky. Mick Moloney with Eugene O'Donnell, Joe McKenna, Shelley Posen, Patrick Sky. Mick Moloney (vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin, bouzouki), Eugene O'Donnell (fiddle), Joe McKenna (pipes, whistle), Patrick Sky (whistle), Shelley Posen (concertina, vocals, guitar). For this tune: Mick Moloney (banjo).
~19796#2
[Ev] Kevin Burke and Jackie Daly. Eavesdropper. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Jackie Daly (accordion, concertina).
199411#1
[MH 2] Martin Hayes. Under the Moon. Martin Hayes (fiddle).
~19953#2
[Drv 2] Dervish. Playing with Fire. Cathy Jordan (vocals, bodhrán, bones), Shane Mitchell (accordion), Shane Mc Aleer (fiddle), Liam Kelly (flute, whistle, vocals), Brian Mc Donagh (mandola, mandolin, guitar, vocals, bassola), Michael Holmes (bouzouki, guitar).
~200111#2
[Beg 2] Beginish. Stormy Weather. Brendan Begley (accordion, vocals), Noel O'Grady (bouzouki), Paul McGrattan (flute, whistle), Gavin Ralston (guitar, keyboards), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle).
~200210#3
[AFL] Michael McGoldrick and John McSherry. At First Light. Michael McGoldrick (flute, whistle, pipes, bodhrán), John McSherry (pipes, whistle). For this tune: Michael (flute), John (pipes).
~20023#2
[Boh 3] Bohola. Bohola. Jimmy Keane (piano accordion), Sean Cleland (fiddle, viola, baritone fiddle), Pat Broaders (dordan, bouzouki, vocals).
20063#2
[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).
~200714#4
[PttW] Matt Molloy and John Carty with Arty McGlynn. Pathway to the Well. Matt Molloy (flute), John Carty (fiddle), Arty McGlynn (guitar).
~200815#1
[COG 2] Conal Ó Gráda. Cnoc Buí. Conal Ó Gráda (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
201211#1
[JKn 7] James Keane. Heir of the Dog. James Keane (accordion).
20141.3#3
[Yanks 2] The Yanks. Haymaker. Dan Gurney (accordion), Dylan Foley (fiddle, whistle), Sean Earnest (guitar, bouzouki), Isaac Alderson (flute, pipes, tenor saxophone, whistle).
20143#2
[LfAllChk] Nathan Gourley and Laura Feddersen. Life Is All Checkered. Nathan Gourley (fiddle, guitar), Laura Feddersen (fiddle).
~201512#1
[JPmpls] Jayne Pomplas. Jayne Pomplas. Traditional Irish Music on Fiddle. Jayne Pomplas (fiddle).
20161#1
[TrklHwl] John Blake, Mairéad Hurley, Nathan Gourley. The Truckley Howl. John Blake (guitar, flute, piano), Mairéad Hurley (concertina), Nathan Gourley (fiddle, guitar).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Bloom of Youth
BC 3
Steeplechase
Ev
Rathlin Island
Drv 2
Kylebrack Rambler
BICM
Cocktail
Beg 2
Home
Boh 3
Phyllis's Birthday
AFL
Holly Bush
TCB 4
Tom Ward's Downfall
PttW
New-Mown Meadows
Yanks 2
Quinn's
LfAllChk
Played beforeOn Albums
Ballinasloe Fair
BC 3, PitS
Boston Boys
MMlny 1
Boys of Ballisodare
MH 2
Last Night's Fun
Drv 2
Lucy Campbell
Boh 3
Come West along the Road
COG 2
Galtee Reel
JKn 7
Paddy Ryan's Dream
JPmpls
McFadden's Own Reel
TrklHwl

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 #44 in volume 3 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On page 162 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #50 in [P50] Brian and Eithne Vallely. Play 50 Reels. [available]
As reel #137 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As reel #1 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [available]
As reel #119 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [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): 1936