My copy of Bulmer and Sharpley vol. 4 has a copyright date of 1974.
There were multiple printings of the B&S volumes, so perhaps your
1976-dated copy was a later printing, Don.
Thanks, Philippe, for pointing out that an A-Dorian setting of tune
#3018 (the one you think should be called "Chris Droney's Favourite") is
in Bulmer and Sharpley. I missed finding that transcription indeed,
since the two recordings of that tune I've indexed (both under the title
"Bellharbour Reel") are both in E Dorian. Although I neverthless caught
the A-Dorian setting in Mulvihill's book back in 2003 - presumably
because I was tipped off to a possible connection by Mulvihill's title
"Chris Droney's". The Bulmer & Sharpley source will show up on
irishtune.info after I next update the database, hopefully within a
week. I'm also acknowledging Philippe's helpful contribution here:
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).
Yes, the CmA 1 (Coleman Archive) recording is dated from "the 1940s",
which I should have clarified when I said it was from 1949 - my method
is to use the latest possible interpretation when an uncertain date
range is given for a source. This enables irishtune.info to be used for
outlining which tune sources may have influenced other sources.
Blarney Star sent on 6/25/09 6:00 AM:
> Bulmer & Sharpley no. 4 has a copyright date of 1976. I would suspect that they got the Droney tune from the Flowing Tide LP.
> Chris Droney won the first of of his many All-Ireland championships in 1956 in Ennis. He quite possibly helped popularize "The Bellharbour Reel" by playing it in those competitions.
>> Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2009 10:22:42 +0100
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>> Interesting discussion, which I think may never be resolved - lie so many concerning tune origins. However, a couple of small observations/questions. To my knowledge, the Bellharbour Ceili Band did not circulate to much in the 50s/60s. At that time, there were, at least, 15 ceili bands in Co. Clare, of which the Tulla, Kilfenora and Laichtin Naofa were probably the most popular. I suspect that their area of circulation was pretty much the north Clare area. My conversations with ceili band stalwarts from that period (Sean Reid, P. Joe Hayes, J. C. Talty, Martin Falsey, etc.) confirmed how difficult travel was - one of the main reasons for P. Joe Hayes and Paddy Canny asking Sean Reid to join the Tulla was that he had a car!
>> Yes, of course, musicians met but, remember, in the early 50s, the fleadhanna were only just getting under way. Robbie McMahon's famous song of the Ennis fleadh 1956, where he lists the musicians and singers who came from far and near, emphasises what an unusual event this was.
>> Fibnally, a question on Bulmer/Sharpley: was Volume 4 published in 1974? I was in Leeds from 1974 - 1977 (knew them both) and only remember volumes 1 - 2 in those days.
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