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Tune ID#4488 (Bantry Bay)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Bantry Bay about these two bars
These two bars are quoted from the transcription in the book 1850 (details in the Bibliography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Bantry Bay / Bá Bheanntraí / The Bantry Bay Hornpipe / The Union Hornpipe / Little Stack of Wheat / Seanbhean bocht (2nd in an alternating pair of tunes originally titled The Royal Stack of Barley on RtHMad; 2nd in Stack of Barley Set on CLnn 2) (also in A)

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
192712#2
[RtHaMtD] Round the House and Mind the Dresser. Michael Coleman (fiddle), Packie Dolan (fiddle).
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19922.7#2
[SDI 1] Set Dances of Ireland. Volume 1. Michael Tubridy (flute), Tommy McCarthy (concertina), Junior Crehan (fiddle), Eamon McGivney (fiddle).
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~20022.8#3
[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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~20071.2#2
[CLnn 2] Charlie Lennon. Turning the Tune. Charlie Lennon (fiddle, viola, piano, harpsichord, bass, keyboards).
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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 #1573 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #823 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #219 in volume 2 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #108 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." [available]
On page 112 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
On page 168 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #290 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As hp #33 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [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