Irish Traditional Music Tune Index
Tune ID#142 (Belle of the Ball)
|Rhythm ?||Bars||8-bar phrase structure||Mode ?|
|Barn dance||32||AABB||A Major|
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.
|[Album code] Artist. Title. Performers (instruments).|
[MC] Michael Coleman. Michael Coleman 1891-1945. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
[BtB] Paddy Killoran, James Morrison. From Ballymote to Brooklyn. Paddy Killoran (fiddle), James Morrison (fiddle). For this tune: Paddy Killoran (fiddle), Paddy Sweeney (fiddle).
[RtHaMtD] Round the House and Mind the Dresser. Paddy Killoran (fiddle), Paddy Sweeney (fiddle).
[OTUS1] Oldtime Records. Vol. 1. U.S. Recordings. Traditional Irish Recordings from the 1920's and 1930's. Louis E. Quinn and His Shamrock Minstrels: Louis E. Quinn (fiddle), James O'Beirne (fiddle), Patrick Lynch (accordion).
[JDJO] Joe Derrane and Jerry O'Brien. Irish Accordion Masters. Joe Derrane (accordion), Jerry O'Brien (accordion). For this tune: O'Brien, Derrane.
[BBow 3] Buttons and Bows. Grace Notes - Nótaí Maise. Jackie Daly (accordion, concertina), Séamus McGuire (fiddle, viola), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Garry O'Briain (guitar, mandocello, piano).
[ScE] Gerry Harrington and Eoghan O'Sullivan. Scéal Eile. Gerry Harrington (fiddle), Eoghan O'Sullivan (accordion). For this tune: Eoghan (accordion), Gerry (fiddle).
[DRuss] Dale Russ. Irish Fiddle. Dale Russ (fiddle).
[CLnn 1] Charlie Lennon. Time for a Tune. Charlie Lennon (fiddle, piano, drum).
[HB 2] Harry Bradley. As I Carelessly Did Stray . Harry Bradley (flute, whistle). For this tune: (flute), with Jesse Smith (fiddle).
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.