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Irish Traditional Music Tune Index
Tune ID#970 (Sporting Paddy)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Sporting Paddy about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording PG 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Sporting Paddy / Pádaí Spórtmhar / Paddy from Donegal / John Doherty's (compare #1814)
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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).
~19911#1
[PG 2] Paddy Glackin. Rabharta Ceoil. In Full Spate. Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Dónal Lunny (bouzouki, guitar, bodhrán).
~19968#3
[A B] Altan. Blackwater. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle, vocals), Ciaran Tourish (fiddle, whistle, vocals), Dermot Byrne (accordion), Ciaran Curran (bouzouki, guitar-bouzouki), Mark Kelly (guitar, vocals), Dáithi Sproule (guitar, vocals).
~20087#2
[SMTOD] Stéphanie Makem and Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn. Ceol is Píob. Stéphanie Makem (vocals), Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn (pipes).
~201115#3
[PO 4] Paddy O'Brien. Mixing the Punch. Paddy O'Brien (accordion).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Jenny Picking Cockles
A B
Gurren's Castle
SMTOD
Flags of Dublin
PO 4
Played beforeOn Albums
Petticoat Loop
PG 2
Bonny Bunch of Ferns
SMTOD

Bibliography

According to my research, there are zero transcriptions that are musically very similar to this tune anywhere in the indexed books, regardless of tune title. Try my recommended links to other indexes if you need a transcription. To learn to play this tune, simply learn it from another musician or study the recording(s) listed above. See also: Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music.

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1991