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Tune ID#106 (Ballydesmond Polka #2)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Ballydesmond Polka #2 about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording SatG (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Polka32AABBA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Ballydesmond Polka #2 / Ballydesmond Polka No. 2 / Balleydesmond No. 2 / Ballydesmond Polka (2) / The Ballydesmond (2) / The Ballydesmond / Keep Your Eye on the Linspin / Maurice Manley's Polka / Polka Mhuiris Uí Mhaonghaile / Maurice Manley's / Donal DeBarra's Polka / O'Keeffe's Polka (2nd in set The Ballydesmond Polkas on SatG and in JOL; for 4th figure of Sliabh Luachra Set on JRSLCB 2) (compare slide #3829)

cd Discography

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.

Click play to hear the first 12 seconds.
Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title. Performers (instruments). Go to album
~19699#2
[SatG] Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford. The Star above the Garter. Fiddle music from Kerry, played by Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford. Denis Murphy (fiddle), Julia Clifford (fiddle).
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~19875#2
[JOS 1] Jerry O'Sullivan. The Invasion. Jerry O'Sullivan (pipes).
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19958#1
[JK 2] James Kelly and Zan McLeod. The Ring Sessions. James Kelly (fiddle), Zan McLeod (guitar, bouzouki).
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~19984#1
[JRSLCB 2] Johnny Reidy and the Sliabh Luachra Ceili Band. Music for Set Dancing Vol. II. Johnny Reidy (accordion).
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201112#2
[IFMCK] Connie O'Connell. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. Connie O'Connell (fiddle).
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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 very similar to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
On page 126 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #117 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2.
As tune #20#2 in volume 2 of [LPTW] Eithne Vallely. Learn to Play the Tin Whistle. [available]
As tune #58 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As polka #10 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 46 of [SLoP] Paul Deloughery. Sliabh Luachra on Parade.
As tune #35 in [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
As tune #12 in [IBPS] Pat Conway. Ireland's Best Polkas and Slides. [available]
On page 223 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As polka #1 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
On page 88 of [IFMCK] Drew Beisswenger. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. [available]

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): 1969