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Tune ID#2129 (Boys of the Town)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Boys of the Town about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BMu 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Boys of the Town, The / Buachaillí an Bhaile (compare 2nd part with 2nd part of #211)

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
~19812.9#2
[GL20] Green Linnet Records. The Twentieth Anniversary Collection. Joe Ryan (fiddle) / Eddie Clarke (harmonica).
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19924#2
[BMu 2] Brendan Mulvihill, Donna Long. The Morning Dew. Brendan Mulvihill (fiddle), Donna Long (piano).
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199514#2
[FMD 1] The Fiddle Music of Donegal. Volume One. Proinnsias Ó Maonaigh (fiddle).
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~199614#2
[DH 1] Dan Herlihy and Friends. The Night of the Fair. Traditional Irish Music from Sliabh Luachra. Dan Herlihy (accordion). For this tune: with Denis O'Connor (banjo).
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20002.5#3
[LaL] Lámh ar Lámh. Many Hands. various.
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~20022#2
[Fns] Feenish. Rabharta. P.J. Hernon (accordion), Marcus Hernon (flute, whistle), Don Stiffe (vocals, guitar, whistle).
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~20021#2
[PS 8] Patrick Street. Street Life. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Jackie Daly (accordion), Ged Foley (guitar, vocals), Andy Irvine (bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, vocals). For this tune: 1st time Jackie Daly (accordion).
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~20031.8#1
[WFO 2] Wooden Flute Obsession 2. Mick Loftus (flute).
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~200512#2
[CDrny 4] Chris Droney. Down from Bell Harbour. Chris Droney (concertina).
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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 #118 in volume 1 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
On page 229 of [NF] Allen Feldman. The Northern Fiddler. [available]
On page 13 of [TP] Tommy Peoples. Fifty Irish Fiddle Tunes. [available]
As jig #23 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #49 in [DM 2] Dave Mallinson. 100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes. [available]
As jig #161 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
On page 15 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): 1927