Chris Droney recorded "Chris Droney's Favourite" and "The Bellharbour" under those names on his debut LP, and the only (possibly) earlier reference to either is the privately made Cawley recording (for which we don't really have a date). So I don't know why you'd want to rename the tunes because other people later made mistakes in sleeve notes. Titles in sleeve notes are spectacularly unreliable and not all "votes" are of equal value.
Maureen - if you have a phone number or address for Chris Droney, could you get it to me privately?
> Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2009 21:41:23 -0500
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> Subject: Re: Bellharbour Reel etc
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Philippe Varlet sent on 6/25/09 12:23 PM:
> > Alan, you may want to check your copy again, the copyright notice
> > applying to that particular volume appears on the title page and the
> > date is (may be?) different from that on the cover.
> Since all I have is a photocopy of this volume which someone else made
> for me, who may have skipped copying a page, I see no 1976 date, just
> the 1974 date.
> >> For now, to stick to my methodology, I will leave tune #3018 as
> >> "Bellharbour Reel" as its predominant title, since the four sources I
> >> can cite lean in that direction (whereby my method guides me let the
> >> votes of two recordings outweigh the votes of the two transcriptions).
> > However, shouldn't you take into account the fact that it appears as
> > "Chris Droney's Favourite" on Droney's own album "The Flowing Tide," and
> > that this is the earliest source for the tune?
> Someday I hope to have access to a copy of that album, and at that time
> I will be able to work through it and include it in irishtune.info. As
> one can see, it is not currently in the list of albums covered by
> I work strictly according to the sources I can confirm and compare
> first-hand, and make no claims to present or decide "truth." Instead I
> strictly present what the body of published sources claim, which
> represents a measure of popular opinion among the "clergy" of Irish
> music (musicians recorded and published), which in turn is one of way
> representing "what the tradition thinks," and the tradition has never
> been particular about "truth" or self-consistency, as we know :).
> Alan Ng, PhD . Madison, Wisconsin, USA
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