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Tune ID#2659 (Belles of St. Louis)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Belles of St. Louis about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording TP 4 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBC Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Belles of St. Louis / Billy in the Lowground (compare 1st part with 1st part of Cronin's #6623)

cd Discography

Here is the sole recording of this tune considering only the indexed recordings.

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Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title. Performers (instruments). Go to album
~19826#2
[TP 4] Tommy Peoples. The Iron Man. Tommy Peoples (fiddle).
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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 recording listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As reel #229 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [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): 1982