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Tune ID#1589 (Plains of Boyle)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Plains of Boyle about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BtB (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Plains of Boyle, The / Plains of Boyle / Magh Luirg / Má Luirg / Cornphíopa Mhaigh Luirg / Moylorg / Trans-Roscommon Airways / Cuid Magh na Buaille / Cooney's (1st in set Moran's Hornpipes on OTUS2 and on SltSdt)

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
192421#1
[OTUS2] Oldtime Records. Vol. 2. U.S. Recordings. Traditional Irish Recordings from 1923 to 1947. Michael Gallagher (pipes).
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19242.11#1
[PJConlon] Peter J. Conlon. The Genius of Peter Conlon. 78 RPM Recordings from 1917-1929. Peter J. Conlon (melodeon). For this tune: solo, then with Tom J. Morrison (flute), T. Higgins (fiddle).
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192917#1
[BtB] Paddy Killoran, James Morrison. From Ballymote to Brooklyn. Paddy Killoran (fiddle), James Morrison (fiddle). For this tune: James Morrison (fiddle).
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194411#1
[LR 1] Leo Rowsome. Classics of Irish Piping. Leo Rowsome (pipes).
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19602.17#1
[SltSdt] Seoltaí Séidte. Setting Sail. Willie Clancy (pipes).
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~19782#1
[Dbl] Paddy Glackin and Paddy Keenan. Doublin'. Paddy Glackin (fiddle, viola), Paddy Keenan (pipes).
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198730#1
[WmSullvn] William Sullivan. Traditional Irish Music. William Sullivan (accordion).
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~19892.2#1
[JK 1] James Kelly. "Capel Street". James Kelly (fiddle).
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199020#1
[MLIIA] The Boston College Irish Fiddle Festival - My Love Is in America. all sixteen fiddlers (fiddle).
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~19933#1
[JCnly 1] Johnny Connolly. An tOileán Aerach. Johnny Connolly (melodeon).
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~19945#2
[JCt 1] John Carty and Brian McGrath. The Cat that Ate the Candle. John Carty (banjo, fiddle), Brian McGrath (piano, banjo).
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~19979#1
[BBg 2] Brendan Begley. We Won't Go Home 'til Morning. Brendan Begley (accordion, melodeon, vocals). For this tune: (melodeon).
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~199812#2
[MDOSe] Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé. Ó Chicago go Carrachán. Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé (accordion, vocals). For this tune: with Caoimhín Ó Sé (flute), John Browne (banjo).
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~19992.13#1
[WFO 1] Wooden Flute Obsession. Hanz Araki (flute).
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~200211#1
[BRny 2] Brian Rooney. Leitrim to London. Brian Rooney (fiddle, accordion).
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~20022.8#1
[MSCB] Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton (accordion), Caroline Tubridy (fiddle), Pat Curtin (flute), Brian Morgan (flute), Ralph Morgan (banjo), George Byrt (piano), Martin Garrihy (drums).
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~20034#3
[MMlvy] Mick Mulvey. Within a Mile o' Jamestown. Mick Mulvey (flute). For this tune: (D flute).
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~200718#3
[GCB 2] The Glenside. Take the Floor with The Glenside. Tom Flood (accordion), Johnny Duffy (banjo), Moyra Fraser (keyboard, vocals), Aidan Flood (drums).
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~20077#1
[PttW] Matt Molloy and John Carty with Arty McGlynn. Pathway to the Well. Matt Molloy (flute), John Carty (fiddle), Arty McGlynn (guitar).
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~20087#1
[UaC] Oisín and Conal Hernon. Up and Coming. Oisín Hernon (accordion, whistle), Conal Hernon (banjo, guitar). For this tune: Michael Craven (melodeon).
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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 #1 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
As tune #78 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." [available]
As tune #315 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2.
On page 217 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On pages 31, 45, 59 of [TS] Tony DeMarco and Miles Krassen. A Trip to Sligo. A Comprehensive Guide to the Art of Irish Fiddling, Sligo-Style.
As tune #41 in [LPF] Eithne and Brian Vallely. Learn to Play the Fiddle with Armagh Pipers Club. [available]
As tune #53 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As hp #17 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 84 of [F] S. C. Hamilton. The Irish Flute Player's Handbook.
In [FMH] Tom Hastings. The Feis Musicians Handbook [sic].
On page 210 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As hp #44 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #262 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [available]
As tune #52 in [DM 4] Dave Mallinson. 100 Vital Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 122 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [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): 1924