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Tune ID#915 (Jackson's Reel)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Jackson'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 MG (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABB'E Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Jackson's Reel / Jacksons Reel / Jackson's / Jacksons / Ríl Mhic Shiacais / Jackson's Favourite / Jackson's No. 1 / Ríl Mhic Shiacais / Ríl Mhic Sheáin Uimh. 1 / Johnson's Reel / Johnson's / Ríl Mhic Eoin (1st in set Jackson's Reel on MG and in set Jackson's Reels on JB 2; 2nd in set Humours of Galway on FG 3; 1st in set Brendan's Reels on Nms 2) (compare distantly Ships Are Sailing #1766)
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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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[MG] Milestone at the Garden. Irish Fiddle Masters from the 78 RPM Era. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
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[JB 2] Joe Burke with Charlie Lennon. Traditional Music of Ireland. Joe Burke (accordion), with Charlie Lennon (piano).
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[JJK] John and James Kelly with Michael Crehan and Michael Gavin. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. James Kelly (fiddle), John Kelly (fiddle).
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[KClns 1] Kathleen Collins. Traditional Music of Ireland. Kathleen Collins (fiddle).
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[FlgDub] Paddy Glackin, Mick Gavin, Michael O'Brien. The Flags of Dublin. Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Mick Gavin (flute), Michael O'Brien [known later as:] Mick O'Brien (pipes). For this tune: Paddy (fiddle).
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[MM 3] Matt Molloy. Stony Steps. Matt Molloy (flute).
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[FG 3] Frankie Gavin. Frankie Goes to Town. Frankie Gavin (fiddle, flute).
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[JDr 2] Joe Derrane. Return to Inis Mór. Joe Derrane (accordion).
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[Nms 2] Nomos. Set You Free. Niall Vallely (concertina, keyboards), Vince Milne (fiddle), Gerry McKee (bouzouki), Frank Torpey (bodhrán), John Spillane (vocals, guitar, bass guitar). For this tune: Vince Milne (fiddle).
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[WFO 1] Wooden Flute Obsession. Eamonn Cotter (flute).
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[WTPO] Norah Rendell and Brian Miller. Wait There Pretty One. Norah Rendell (vocals, flute, whistle), Brian Miller (guitar).
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[BCw 2] Brian Conway. Consider the Source. Brian Conway (fiddle).
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[MiMulc] Michelle Mulcahy. Suaimhneas. Michelle Mulcahy (harp).
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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 #201 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
On page 142 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As reel #146 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As reel #36 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): 1925