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Tune ID#1264 (Ballina Lass)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Ballina Lass about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording IFM (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Ballina Lass / The Ballina Lass / Come Up to the Room, I Want Ye / Tar Aníos go dtí an Seomra, Tá Gnó agam Díot / The Old Maids of Galway (2nd in set McKenna's Reel a.k.a. John McKenna's Reels on FG 3) (compare 1st part with 1st part of Over the Moor to Peggy #1491)

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
19311#1
[IFM] Past Masters of Irish Fiddle Music. Paddy Killoran (fiddle), Paul Ryan (fiddle), Denis Murphy (accordion).
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~19891#2
[FG 3] Frankie Gavin. Frankie Goes to Town. Frankie Gavin (fiddle, flute). For this tune: (fiddle), (flute).
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~20031#2
[TapRT] The Tap Room Trio. The Tap Room Trio. Harry Bradley (flute, piccolo), Jesse Smith (fiddle), John Blake (guitar, piano, flute).
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20076#3
[PotW] John Wynne and John McEvoy. Pride of the West. John Wynne (flute), John McEvoy (fiddle). For this tune: John McEvoy (fiddle).
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Bibliography

According to my research, there are zero transcriptions that sound very similar to this tune anywhere in the indexed books, regardless of tune title. Try my recommended links to other indexes if you need a transcription. To learn to play this tune, simply learn it from another musician or study the recording(s) listed above. See also: Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music.

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1931