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Tune ID#797 (Hand Me Down the Tackle)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Hand Me Down the Tackle about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MC (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Hand Me Down the Tackle / Sín Chugam Anuas an Tácla / Hand Down the Tackle / Hand Me Down the Tackles / Hand Me Down the Tacklings / The Pure Drop / Tom Steele / Tomás Stíl / Thomas Steele / The Hielander's Kneebuckle / The Hielanman's Kneebuckle / Búcla Glúine an Híleantóra / Reidy Johnson's / Reidy Johnston's / Drogheda Lasses (4th in set Humours of Galway on FG 3; 3rd in The Kilmaley Set on CKeane 1) (also in Bb) (compare settings included here of The Drogheda Lasses, and The Pure Drop; compare very distantly Callan Lasses #4741; compare 1st part with 1st part of Hand Me down the Tackle #6783)
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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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[MC] Michael Coleman. Michael Coleman 1891-1945. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
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[FBros] The Flanagan Brothers. The Tunes We Like to Play on Paddy's Day. Joe Flanagan (accordion), Louis Flanagan (guitar, banjo), Mike Flanagan (banjo, vocals, mandolin).
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[HG] Hugh Gillespie. Classic Recordings of Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. Hugh Gillespie (fiddle).
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[OTUS2] Oldtime Records. Vol. 2. U.S. Recordings. Traditional Irish Recordings from 1923 to 1947. Joe Maguire's Pride of Erne Orchestra: Joe Maguire (fiddle), unknown (fiddle, accordion, flute, and piano).
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[SE 6] Séamus Ennis. The Return from Fingal. Séamus Ennis (pipes, vocals). For this tune: (pipes).
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[SRyan C] Seán Ryan. A Collection of His Own Compositions and His Versions of Well Known Traditional Tunes. Seán Ryan (fiddle).
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[SltSdt] Seoltaí Séidte. Setting Sail. Sean McLaughlin (fiddle).
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[SE 2] Seamus Ennis. The Pure Drop. Seamus Ennis (pipes). For this tune: (C# pipes).
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[JD 5] John Doherty. The Floating Bow. John Doherty (fiddle).
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[PJHrn 1] P.J. Hernon. P.J. Hernon. P.J. Hernon (accordion, melodeon). For this tune: (G melodeon).
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[SMMcG] Seamus and Manus McGuire. Humours of Lissadell. Seamus McGuire (fiddle), Manus McGuire (fiddle).
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[SWlsh 4] Séamus Walshe. Traditional Music of Ireland on Button Accordion. Séamus Walshe (accordion).
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[Kn] Noel Hill and Tony MacMahon. In Knocknagree. Noel Hill (concertina), Tony MacMahon (accordion). For this tune: Noel Hill (concertina).
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[TJC] Frankie Gavin and Paul Brock. Ómós do Joe Cooley. A Tribute to Joe Cooley. Frankie Gavin (fiddle), Paul Brock (accordion).
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[RtH] Round the House. Music for the Sets - Vol. 1. Séamus Meehan (piano accordion), Paul O'Shaughessy (fiddle).
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[BBg 1] Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich. Seana Choirce. Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich (accordion, melodeon). For this tune: (C melodeon).
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[RBPOL 1] Ronan Browne and Peter O'Loughlin. The South West Wind. Traditional Music from County Clare. Ronan Browne (pipes), Peter O'Loughlin (fiddle). For this tune: (B pipes), (fiddle).
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[FG 3] Frankie Gavin. Frankie Goes to Town. Frankie Gavin (fiddle, flute).
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[DMa] Declan Masterson. Deireadh an Fhómhair. End of the Harvest. Declan Masterson (pipes, whistle).
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[CKeane 1] Conor Keane. Cooley's House. Conor Keane (accordion).
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[JCt 2] John Carty. Last Night's Fun. John Carty (fiddle, banjo, flute). For this tune: (banjo, fiddle).
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[NaCnn 1] Na Connerys. Celtic Sessions. Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Kevin Glackin (fiddle), Sean Og Potts (pipes, whistle), John Regan (accordion), John Wynne (flute), Tom McDonagh (bouzouki), Mark Kelly (guitar).
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[BG 5] Bobby Gardiner. The Clare Shout. Bobby Gardiner (melodeon, lilting). For this tune: (D melodeon).
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[THwtB] Seamus Tansey and Jim McKillop. To Hell with the Begrudgers. Seamus Tansey (flute), Jim McKillop (fiddle).
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[Trc] Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin and Patrick Ourceau. Tracin'. Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin (concertina), Patrick Ourceau (fiddle). For this tune: (fiddle), (Bb/F concertina).
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[BCw 1] Brian Conway. First through the Gate. Brian Conway (fiddle).
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[CSmth] Chris Smith with Roger Landes and Randal Bays. Coyotebanjo. Chris Smith (banjo, mandola, mandolin, field organ), Roger Landes (bouzouki), Randal Bays (fiddle).
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[TAM] Joe Burke, Brian Conway and Felix Dolan. A Tribute to Andy McGann. Joe Burke (accordion), Brian Conway (fiddle), Felix Dolan (piano). For this tune: Brian (fiddle).
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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 #1271 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #1292 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #1305 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #539 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #557 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #156 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2.
On page 109 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 113 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #44 in [SIMB] Tony Sullivan. Sully's Irish Music Book. [available]
On page 107 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #47 in [DM 3] Dave Mallinson. 100 Evergreen Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 46 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #128 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): 1903