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Tune ID#898 (Iron Man)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Iron Man about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording TP 4 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Strathspey32AABBA Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Iron Man, The (1st in set The Iron Man on Ch C and on NNC 2) (also described as a highland, also singled) (composed by James Scott Skinner) [This tune is not (yet?) part of the Irish tradition, but belongs rather to Scottish music.]
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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).
~19782.3#2
[Boys 7] Boys of the Lough. Wish You Were Here. Highlands and Islands Tour. Dave Richardson (mandolin, banjo), Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathal McConnell (flute, whistle), Robin Morton (bodhrán, concertina). For this tune: Aly (fiddle).
~19825#1
[TP 4] Tommy Peoples. The Iron Man. Tommy Peoples (fiddle).
19888#1
[Ch C] The Chieftains. A Chieftains Celebration. Derek Bell (harp, tiompán, harpsichord), Seán Keane (fiddle), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán, vocals), Matt Molloy (flute), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle).
199519#2
[FMD 1] The Fiddle Music of Donegal. Volume One. Peter Tracey (fiddle).
~201013#1
[NNC 2] Niamh Ní Charra. Súgach Sámh / Happy Out. Niamh Ní Charra (fiddle, concertina, vocals, viola). For this tune: (fiddle), with Manus McGuire (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
21 Highland
FMD 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Humours of Tulla
Boys 7
Little John's Hame
TP 4

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.
On page 141 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
On page 386 of [CITM] Fintan Vallely. The Companion to Irish Traditional Music. [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): 1978