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Tune ID#1004 (Joy of My Life)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Joy of My Life about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording LR 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Joy of My Life, The / Joy of My Life / Joy in My Life / The Joys of Life / The Joys of Youth / The Joys of Love / Donnybrook Fair / Donneybrook Fair / The Donneybrook Fair / Humours of Donnybrook / Humors of Donnybrook / The Boys from the Lough / A Man in Himself like Oliver's Bull / The Corovoth Jig / Oh! Irishmen Never Forget / Our Own Little Isle (for dance The Bridge of Athlone in book MM) (also in A) (compare settings included here of Our Own Little Isle / Oh! Irishmen Never Forget / Corovoth Jig and compare 1st part with 1st part of Munster Jig #801)
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Discography cd

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 (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
191711#1
[OTPR] Oldtime Records. Vol. 3. Piping Rarities. Patrick Fitzpatrick (pipes).
192610#2
[LR 1] Leo Rowsome. Classics of Irish Piping. Leo Rowsome (pipes).
19581.16#2
[JV] John Vesey. Sligo Fiddler. John Vesey (fiddle). For this tune: with Tom Standeven (fiddle), Ed Cahill (flute).
~19749#2
[KCB 3] [The Kilfenora Ceili Band]. [The Kilfenora Céilí Band].
~198010#3
[JKn 2] James Keane. Roll Away the Reel World. James Keane (accordion).
19948#3
[MvC 1] Moving Cloud. Moving Cloud. Paul Brock (accordion), Maeve Donnelly (fiddle, viola), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Kevin Crawford (flute and percussion), Carl Hession (piano).
~199719#1
[Shskn 10] Shaskeen. Music for Set Dancing and Listening. Tom Cussen (banjo, mandolin), Benny O'Connor (drums, bodhrán, bongos), Seán Conway (flute, whistle, guitar), Eamonn Cotter (flute), Mike Fahy (guitar), Charlie Harris (accordion), Geraldine Cotter (piano), Carl Hession (piano).
~200013#1
[JLavelle] John Lavelle. @Home Alone. John Lavelle (accordion).
~20021#2
[Tda 1] Téada. Téada. Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle, vocals, whistle, piano), John Blake (flute, whistle, guitar, piano), Seán McElwain (banjo, bouzouki, vocals), Tristan Rosenstock (bodhrán, vocals).
~200812#1
[COG 2] Conal Ó Gráda. Cnoc Buí. Conal Ó Gráda (flute).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Kitty's Rambles
LR 1
East at Glendart
KCB 3
Morrison's Jig
JKn 2
Buttermilk Mary
MvC 1
Lilting Banshee
JV
Callaghan's
Tda 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Butcher's MarchLR 1
Morrison's Jig
Shskn 10
Statia Donnelly's
JLavelle
Handy with the Stick
Tda 1
Rambling Pitchfork
COG 2

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 musical matches to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #808 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #832 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #79 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #96 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #95 in volume 1 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #96 in volume 1 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #4 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." [available]
On page 26 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As misc #21 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #93 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 81 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
In [FMH] Tom Hastings. The Feis Musicians Handbook [sic].
On page 132 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As jig #28 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
In [LM] L[arry]. E. McCullough. ? [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