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Tune ID#840 (Hold the Reins)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Hold the Reins about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BHCMoher (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Hold the Reins / Hould the Reins / The Dublin Lads / The Lads of Dublin / The Boys of Dublin / Callan Lasses / Thornton's (2nd in set The Wee Bag of Spuds on DOEI; 3rd in set North Sea Crossing on Sld 1; 3rd in set A Parcel of Land on AGrnv 1) (also in C) (compare with 1st and 3rd parts of Dublin Lads #5145 and compare 1st part with 1st part of Lucky in Love #2396)
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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).
~197211#1
[BHCMoher] Sean Ryan, Kathleen Ryan, Pat Lyons. Back Home to the Cliffs of Mohir [sic]. Sean Ryan (fiddle), Pat Lyons (accordion), Kathleen Ryan (piano).
19926#3
~19953#2
[JW 1] John Williams. John Williams. John Williams (accordion, concertina). For this tune: (concertina).
19993#3
[Sld 1] Slide. The Flying Pig. Aogán Lynch (concertina, whistle), Daire Bracken (fiddle, guitar, vocals), Mick Broderick (bouzouki), Éamonn de Barra (flute, piano, keyboards, whistle, vocals).
20018#2
[KlmFcy] Catherine McEvoy and John McEvoy. The Kilmore Fancy. Catherine McEvoy (flute), John McEvoy (fiddle).
~200410#3
[TTItself] Maeve Donnelly and Peadar O'Loughlin. The Thing Itself. Maeve Donnelly (fiddle), Peadar O'Loughlin (flute).
~20061#3
[AGrnv 1] Aoife Granville. Sráid Eoin Shuffle. Aoife Granville (flute, fiddle, whistle, vocals). For this tune: (flute, fiddle).
~20094#2
[LmKlly] Liam Kelly. Sweetwood. Liam Kelly (flute, whistle). For this tune: (Bb whistle).
~201011#3
[2TapTrio] The Two Tap Trio. A Night at the Fair. Nathan Gourley (fiddle), Norah Rendell (flute, vocals), Brian Miller (guitar, bouzouki, backing vocals).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Cavan Reel
DOEI
Pride of the Bronx
JW 1
Mullin's Fancy
Sld 1
Seán Reid's
KlmFcy
Fair-Haired Boy
TTItself
Conal's
AGrnv 1
Templeglantine Reel
LmKlly
Longford Tinker
2TapTrio
Played beforeOn Albums
Whistling Postman
BHCMoher
Old Pensioner
LmKlly
Periwig
2TapTrio

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 reel #85 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.

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): 1959