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Tune ID#117 (Banks of Lough Gowna)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Banks of Lough Gowna about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording TMC (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBA Minor
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Banks of Lough Gowna, The / The Banks of Lough Gamhna / The Shores of Lough Gowna / Lough Gowna / The Slopes of Sliabh Luachra / The Ball of Ballinafeidh (mislabeled as Brendan Tone Rowe's on ST BST reissue) (also in B, also in Dorian or Minor) (compare 2nd part with 2nd part of Geese in the Bog #710)

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.

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Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title. Performers (instruments). Go to album
19658#1
[TMC] Joe Burke, Andy McGann, and Felix Dolan. A Tribute to Michael Coleman. Joe Burke (accordion), Andy McGann (fiddle), Felix Dolan (piano).
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~19712#2
[ST BST] Seamus Tansey. [The Best of Seamus Tansey. Traditional Irish Flute]. Disc 1 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music. Seamus Tansey (flute).
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19864#1
[PS 1] Kevin Burke, Jackie Daly, Andy Irvine, Arty McGlynn. Patrick Street. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Jackie Daly (accordion), Andy Irvine (vocals, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica), Arty McGlynn (guitar). For this tune: 1st time Kevin Burke.
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~19884#1
[SWW] Ronan Browne and Peter O'Loughlin. The South West Wind. Traditional Music from County Clare. Ronan Browne (pipes), Peter O'Loughlin (fiddle). For this tune: (B pipes), (fiddle).
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19923#1
[ScE] Gerry Harrington and Eoghan O'Sullivan. Scéal Eile. Gerry Harrington (fiddle), Eoghan O'Sullivan (accordion). For this tune: Eoghan (accordion), Gerry (fiddle).
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~199723#1
[Shskn 10] Shaskeen. Music for Set Dancing and Listening. Tom Cussen (banjo, mandolin), Benny O'Connor (drums, bodhrán, bongos), Seán Conway (flute, whistle, guitar), Eamonn Cotter (flute), Mike Fahy (guitar), Charlie Harris (accordion), Geraldine Cotter (piano), Carl Hession (piano). For this tune: Tom Cussen (mandolin).
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~19988#1
[Sol 3] Solas. The Words That Remain. Karan Casey (vocals), John Doyle (guitar, etc.), Seamus Egan (flute, banjo, etc.), Winifred Horan (fiddle, etc.), Mick McAuley (accordion, concertina, etc.). For this tune: Seamus (flute).
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20012#2
[GrHs] Grey Larsen and Paddy League. The Green House. Grey Larsen (flute, whistle, concertina, harmonium, field organ, piano), Paddy League (bodhrán, guitar). For this tune: (concertina).
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200615#1
[MMrch 2] Marcas Ó Murchú. Turas Ceoil. Marcas Ó Murchú (flute, whistle). For this tune: (D flute), with Nóra Ó Murchú (fiddle).
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~201115#2
[BODFam] Bríd O'Donohue and Family. Cliabhán an Dúchais. Bríd O'Donohue (flute, whistle), Seán O'Brien (flute), Eibhlís O'Brien (pipes), Deirdre O'Brien (harp), Liam O'Brien (concertina), Sinéad O'Brien (fiddle). For this tune: Bríd O'Donohue (flute), Sineád O'Brien (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.
As tune #1060 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #264 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #113 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
On page 36 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #36 in volume 2 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On page 63 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On pages 30, 44, 58 of [TS] Tony DeMarco and Miles Krassen. A Trip to Sligo. A Comprehensive Guide to the Art of Irish Fiddling, Sligo-Style.
As tune #35 in [LPF] Eithne and Brian Vallely. Learn to Play the Fiddle with Armagh Pipers Club. [available]
As tune #8 in [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
As tune #97 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 75 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 124 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As tune #190 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [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): 1903