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Tune ID#2448 (Humours of Ballydesmond)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Humours of Ballydesmond about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording SatG (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Polka48AABBCCG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Humours of Ballydesmond, The / [misspelled as:] The Humours of Ballydesmons / The Knocknaboul #1 / The Knocknaboul Polka 1 / The Knocknabower Polka / Scartaglen Polka / The Little Green Cottage / Din Tarrant's (1st in set Knocknaboul Polkas on SatG; 1st in set Knocknabower Polkas in book LPTW) (compare 1st part distantly with 1st part of Piper's Delight #6198)

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
19521#2
[KF] Padraig O'Keefe, Denis Murphy, Julia Clifford. Kerry Fiddles. Padraig O'Keefe (fiddle), Denis Murphy (fiddle), Julia Clifford (fiddle). For this tune: O'Keeffe, Murphy, Clifford.
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19521#2
[RshMtn] The Rushy Mountain. Pádraig O'Keeffe (fiddle), Denis Murphy (fiddle), Julia Clifford (fiddle).
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196913#3
[Ch 2] The Chieftains. 2. Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Seán Potts (whistle), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Peadar Mercier (bodhrán, bones), Seán Keane (fiddle).
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~196913#1
[SatG] Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford. The Star above the Garter. Fiddle music from Kerry, played by Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford. Denis Murphy (fiddle), Julia Clifford (fiddle).
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~20008#2
[DH 3] Dan Herlihy and John Drew. The Ballydesmond Polka. Traditional Irish Music from Sliabh Luachra Played By Dan Herlihy and John Drew. Dan Herlihy (accordion), John Drew (mandocello).
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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 #21#1 in volume 2 of [LPTW] Eithne Vallely. Learn to Play the Tin Whistle. [available]
On page 131 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As polka #15 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #49 in [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
As tune #280 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As tune #95 in [IBPS] Pat Conway. Ireland's Best Polkas and Slides. [available]
On page 238 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.

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): 1952