Tune Search
Sign in or join  to see your:     Home   Playlists   Practice Machine   Stats   Friends   Albums   Preferences   Sign out

Irish Traditional Music Tune Index
Tune ID#102 (Ballinasloe Fair)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Ballinasloe Fair about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MC (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel24ABBA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Ballinasloe Fair / The Ballinasloe Fair / The Fair of Ballinasloe / Aonach Bhéal Átha na Sluaighe / Aonach Bhéal Átha na Slua (2nd in set Lord McDonald a.k.a. Lord McDonald's on MC) (also both parts singled)
To get to your personal tune notes, Log in or Create an account
Note shared with my friends:

Note to myself only:
6 members play this tune.
0 of them are your friends.

Suggest this Tune

Comment to friend:
map of tune distribution
Where members are who play this tune.

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.

Click play to hear the first 12 seconds.
[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
[MC] Michael Coleman. Michael Coleman 1891-1945. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
[MC 2] Michael Coleman. The Enduring Magic. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
[BFair] Ballinasloe Fair. Early Recordings of Irish Music in America. Packie Dolan (fiddle) and the Melody Boys.
[SltSdt] Seoltaí Séidte. Setting Sail. Paddy Canny (fiddle).
[BC 3] Bobby Casey. The Spirit of West Clare. Bobby Casey (fiddle, whistle).
[PitS] Paddy in the Smoke. Bobby Casey (fiddle).
[4IC] Joe Burke, Finbarr Dwyer, Kevin Loughlin, John Whelan. Pure Irish Traditional Accordion. Session with Four Irish Champions. Joe Burke (accordion), Finbarr Dwyer (accordion), Kevin Loughlin (accordion), John Whelan (accordion). For this tune: Joe Burke (accordion).
[FR] Joe Burke, Andy McGann, and Felix Dolan. The Funny Reel. Traditional Music of Ireland. Joe Burke (accordion), Andy McGann (fiddle), Felix Dolan (piano).
[HB 3] Harry Bradley. The Night-Rambler's Companion. Harry Bradley (flute, whistle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Lord McDonald's
MC, WW 1, MC 2, SltSdt, FR, MLIIA
Woman of the House
BFair, WW 1, MG
Graf Spee
BC 3, PitS
Bunch of Keys
Kitty in the Lane
HB 3


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 #1285 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #550 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 47 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #89 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
On page 111 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #51 in [LPF] Eithne and Brian Vallely. Learn to Play the Fiddle with Armagh Pipers Club. [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