Loch Altan reel

There are 4 recordings of a tune by this name.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Loch Altan
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:A,B,CD (3EEE EC|DCEC DCB,C|A,B,CD (3EEE EC|DB,G,A, B,A,A,2:|
CE~E2 CE~E2|DCB,C A,B,G,B,|CE~E2 CE~E2|DB,G,A, B,A,A,2|
CE~E2 CE~E2|DCB,C A,B,G,B,|A,B,CD (3EFG EC|DB,G,A, B,A,A,2||
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Loch Altan

A very mysterious-sounding reel I learned from Altan, composed by Mairéad Ni Mhaonaigh.

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Note the unusual, limited melodic range: up to a 5th above the A + the low G only. That makes it suitable to play in E, e’ and b also.

If you repeat the first 4 bars of the 2nd part twice, instead of rising to g as given here, the tune stays within the interval of a 6th.
This narrow compass is commonplace in Brittany and many other parts of the continent but is rare indeed in Ireland, except in children songs.