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Tune ID#2934 (Boys of Portaferry)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Boys of Portaferry about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Plx 6 (2nd time through) (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Boys of Portaferry, The / Buachaillí Phort an Pheire / The Sporting Boys / Sporting Boys / The Pullet (2nd in set Highway to Kilkenny on CTL 5)

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
~19807#2
[Plx 6] Planxty. The Woman I Loved so Well. Dónal Lunny (bouzouki, guitar, synthesizer), Andy Irvine (bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, vocals), Liam O'Flynn (pipes, whistle), Christy Moore (guitar, bodhrán, vocals). For this tune: 1st time Tony Linnane (fiddle), low octave, then tutti at normal octave..
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~19961#2
[CTL 5] Cherish the Ladies. New Day Dawning. Joanie Madden (flute, whistle, vocals), Mary Coogan (guitar, mandolin, banjo), Mary Rafferty (accordion, whistle), Donna Long (piano, fiddle, vocals), Siobhan Egan (fiddle, bodhrán, whistle), Aoife Clancy (vocals, guitar). For this tune: (flute), (fiddle).
Go to Album
20001.5#2
[LaL] Lámh ar Lámh. Many Hands. Kieran Hanrahan (banjo), Jim McGreevy (accordion), Brendan Gleeson (fiddle).
Go to Album
20021#3
[AJK] Alan and John Kelly. Fourmilehouse. Alan Kelly (piano accordion), John Kelly (flute, whistle).
Go to Album
~20058#3
[CDrny 4] Chris Droney. Down from Bell Harbour. Chris Droney (concertina).
Go to Album
~20093#2
[MulcFam3] Mick, Louise & Michelle Mulcahy. Reelin' in Tradition. Mick Mulcahy (accordion, melodeon), Louise Mulcahy (flute, pipes), Michelle Mulcahy (concertina, fiddle, harp, piano).
Go to Album

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 #1249 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #1350 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #521 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 105 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 123 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #106 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [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): 1903