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Tune ID#832 (High Reel)

Transcription of first 2 bars of High 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 HMSP (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):
High Reel, The / The Old High Reel / An tSeanríl Ard / The High Reel No. 2 / The (Other) High Reel / The Castle / The Big Wheel (mislabeled as Flogging Reel on JWh 6)
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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).
~1973B.3#1
[AClareSn] Willy Clancy and various. A Clare Session with Willy Clancy and Friends. Willy Clancy (pipes), presumably with Peadar O'Loughlin (flute), Jimmy Ward (banjo), Martin Talty, and others.
197815#1
[KKgn] Kevin Keegan. The Music of Kevin Keegan. Kevin Keegan (accordion).
~1980A.5#1
[Boys 8] Boys of the Lough. Regrouped. Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathal McConnell (flute, whistle, vocals), Dave Richardson (concertina, mandolin, cittern), Tich Richardson (guitar). For this tune: Cathal (flute).
~19801.5#1
[Boys 15] Boys of the Lough. The Session. Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathal McConnell (flute, whistle), Dave Richardson (concertina, mandolin, cittern), Tich Richardson (guitar, acoustic bass guitar). For this tune: Cathal (flute).
~198613#1
[HMSP] Joe Burke, Michael Cooney, Terry Corcoran. Happy to Meet and Sorry to Part. Joe Burke (accordion), Michael Cooney (pipes, whistle), Terry Corcoran (guitar, vocals).
~19863#1
[BigSq] The Big Squeeze. Masters of the Celtic Accordion. Joe Burke (accordion), Michael Cooney (pipes).
~1989B.6#1
[Bx] Boxty. Boxty. Christine Dowling (flute, vocals, concertina), Martin Dowling (fiddle), Bob Newton (mandocello). For this tune: Martin Dowling.
~198911#1
[GdMxr] Noel O Grady, Henry Benagh, John Carty, Marcus Hernon. The Good Mixer.
~199312#2
[JMd 1] Joanie Madden. A Whistle on the Wind. Joanie Madden (flute, whistle). For this tune: (whistle).
19951#1
[DRuss] Dale Russ. Irish Fiddle. Dale Russ (fiddle).
199813#3
[JWh 6] John Whelan. Come to Dance. John Whelan (accordion). For this tune: with Jim Eagan (fiddle).
19991#1
[JWh 8] John Whelan. Celtic Roots. John Whelan (accordion).
20001.5#1
[LaL] Lámh ar Lámh. Many Hands. Kieran Hanrahan (banjo), Jim McGreevy (accordion), Brendan Gleeson (fiddle).
20073#4
[AbsIr] Absolutely Irish. Joanie Madden (whistle), Liz Carroll (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Fr. Newman's Reel
JMd 1
Flogging Reel
JWh 6
Lasses of Ballintra
AbsIr
Played beforeOn Albums
Free and Easy
Boys 8, Boys 15
Geoghegan's Fancy
HMSP, BigSq
Bunch of Keys
KKgn
Patsy Hanley's
Bx
Charlie Lennon's No. 4
GdMxr
Martin Wynne's No. 3
JMd 1
Happy Days of Youth
DRuss
Toss the Feathers
JWh 8
Boys of Portaferry
LaL

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 #122 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [available]
As tune #38 in [SIMB] Tony Sullivan. Sully's Irish Music Book. [available]
As reel #115 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 22 of [SK] Sean Keane. Fifty Fiddle Solos. [available]
As reel #26 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): 1973