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Tune ID#772 (Big Pat's Reel)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Big Pat's 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 MM 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABE Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Big Pat's Reel / Big Pat's / Big Pat / Drogheda Bay / The Green Ribbons Reel / Ceangail na Ribíní / Tie the Ribbons / The Dandy Reel / Trim the Bonnet / Jimmy the Creelmaker / Jimmy the Creel Maker / Salamanca / The Pigeon House / The Hills of Clady / O'Connell's Trip to Parliament (2nd in set Roscommon Reels on OTUS2; as An Untitled Reel on PMcG 1; 1st in set Castle Reels on MHyDLd 1; 1st in set Piper on Horseback on LMcK 1; for The Sixteen Hand Reel in book MM) (also in A) (nearly the same tune as Tie the Ribbons #148 except, very consistently, for the signature opening phrase)
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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).
~19222.21#2
[JMcK] John McKenna. The Music and Life of John McKenna. 'The Buck from the Mountain'. John McKenna (flute, whistle, lilting, vocals). For this tune: (F flute).
~192312#2
~19812#2
[MM 2] Matt Molloy. Heathery Breeze. Matt Molloy (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
~19914#1
[TKn] Tommy Keane. The Piper's Apron. Tommy Keane (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes).
~199211#3
[PMcG 1] Paul McGrattan. The Frost Is All Over. Paul McGrattan (flute, whistle). For this tune: with Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle).
~199311#2
[MB 2] Mary Bergin. Feadóga Stáin 2. Mary Bergin (whistle). For this tune: (E whistle).
20037#1
[MHyDLd 1] Michael Hynes and Denis Liddy. Waifs and Strays. Michael Hynes (flute), Denis Liddy (fiddle).
~200313#1
[LMcK 1] Laura MacKenzie. Laura and the Lads. Laura MacKenzie (flute, whistle, concertina, vocals), Brian Miller (guitar). For this tune: (flute).
~200411#1
[OHrth] Mary Mac Namara, Andrew Mac Namara. Open Hearth. Mary Mac Namara (concertina), Andrew Mac Namara (accordion).
201111#2
[JigUp] The Jig Is Up!. First Steps. Judd Heartsill (accordion, flute), Larry Mallette (flute, whistle), Diehl Moran (fiddle, banjo), Matthew Lewis (guitar, flute, whistle), Robert Shaddox (bodhrán, vocals).
~20141#2
[MMcNmr 3] Mary MacNamara. Note for Note. Mary MacNamara (concertina). For this tune: (G/D concertina).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Over the Moor to Maggie
JMcK, OTUS2
Bush in Bloom
MM 2
Thady Casey's Fancy
PMcG 1
Gus Jordan's
MB 2
Major Moran's
JigUp
Beauty Spot
MMcNmr 3
Played beforeOn Albums
Jenny's Chickens
MM 2
Billy Brocker's
TKn
Sweeney's Dream
MB 2
Humours of Toomagh
MHyDLd 1
Charlie Harris' Reel
LMcK 1
Old Maids of Galway
OHrth
Gargoyle
JigUp

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 #1192 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #284 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
On page 94 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As misc #42 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As reel #67 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [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): 1903