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Tune ID#962 (Gorman's)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Gorman's about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording NMllgn 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABD Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Gorman's / Gorman's Reel / O'Gorman's / Sporting Nell / Neil Spórtúil / Joe Madden's Reel (2nd in set Lough Gill Favourites on ITWWW) (also doubled, or just 2nd part doubled; the 2nd part has two established variants that are quite similar) (compare Sporting Nellie #7245, Ragged Hank of Yarn #1650, and The Beauty Spot #135; compare 1st part with 1st parts of Sporting Nell #1813 and Sporting Nell #7246)
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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).
19414#2
[ITWWW] "If There Weren't Any Women in the World". Lough Gill Quartette: John Cawley (flute), Sarah Hobbs (fiddle), Sonny Brogan (accordion), Bill Harte (accordion).
~19738#2
[JJK] John and James Kelly with Michael Crehan and Michael Gavin. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. James Kelly (fiddle), John Kelly (fiddle). For this tune: with Michael Gavin (flute), Michael Crehan (pipes).
~198011#1
[JKn 2] James Keane. Roll Away the Reel World. James Keane (accordion).
~198214#2
[NMllgn 2] Neil Mulligan. The Leitrim Thrush. Neil Mulligan (C# pipes). For this tune: Tom Mulligan (fiddle).
~199513#2
[MMR 1] Mike and Mary Rafferty. The Dangerous Reel. Mike Rafferty (flute, whistle, pipes), Mary Rafferty (accordion, flute, whistle).
~19966#2
[MOB] Mick O' Brien. May Morning Dew. Mick O' Brien (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes).
~200214#1
[PJCJC] P.J. Crotty, Carol Cullinan, James Cullinan. Happy to Meet. P.J. Crotty (flute), James Cullinan (fiddle), Carol Cullinan (piano).
~201213#2
[JDwyer] John Dwyer. The Dursey Sound. John Dwyer (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Hut in the Bog
ITWWW
West Wind
JJK
Johnny Allen's
MMR 1
May Morning Dew
MOB
Toss the Feathers
NMllgn 2
Volunteer
JDwyer
Played beforeOn Albums
Jenny's Wedding
JKn 2
Moving Bog
PJCJC

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 #194 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
As reel #213 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): 1941