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Tune ID#464 (Dark Girl)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Dark Girl about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BtB (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Polka32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Dark Girl, The / Dark Girl Dressed in Blue / The Dark Girl Dressed in Blue / The Dark Haired Girl Dressed in Blue (2nd in set Dan's Favourites on WyndTrn; 2nd in set Farewell to Whiskey Polkas in track Polka Time on LMcK 1)

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
192824#2
[BtB] Paddy Killoran, James Morrison. From Ballymote to Brooklyn. Paddy Killoran (fiddle), James Morrison (fiddle). For this tune: 1st time James Morrison (fiddle), then with John McKenna (flute).
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~19694#2
[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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19838#2
[FG 2] Frankie Gavin. Croch Suas É. Up and Away. Frankie Gavin (flute, fiddle, whistle, accordion). For this tune: (flute, fiddle).
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~19978#2
[WyndTrn] Dan Healy and Ciaran O'Raghallaigh. The Wyndy Turn. Dan Healy (flute), Ciaran O Raghallaigh (fiddle).
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~20022.4#1
[WFO 1] Wooden Flute Obsession. Martin Gaffney (flute).
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~200311#2
[LMcK 1] Laura MacKenzie. Laura and the Lads. Laura MacKenzie (flute, whistle, concertina, vocals), Brian Miller (guitar). For this tune: (flute), with Django Amerson (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 recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #82 in volume 3 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On page 128 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #56 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
On page 39 of [SLoP] Paul Deloughery. Sliabh Luachra on Parade.
On page 116 of [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
As tune #17 in [IBPS] Pat Conway. Ireland's Best Polkas and Slides. [available]
As other #15 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [available]
As polka #12 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #286 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): 1928