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Tune ID#1031 (Killarney Boys of Pleasure)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Killarney Boys of Pleasure about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording SK 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBE Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Killarney Boys of Pleasure, The / Killarney Boys of Pleasure / Gaigíní Chill Áirne / Doherty's Reel / Doherty's / Johnny Doherty's Reel / Docherty's Reel / O'Doherty's / Doherty / Gweebarra Bridge / The Gweebarra Bridge / The Gweebarra Bridge Reel / The Gwebarra Bridge Reel / Ril a' Sean Nós (also in D, also singled) (compare Clan Ranald #331 and Sweat House #4948)
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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).
~197515#1
[SK 1] Seán Keane. Gusty's Frolicks. Seán Keane (fiddle).
~19788#2
[LC 1] Liz Carroll. A Friend Indeed. Liz Carroll (fiddle).
~19911#1 (0:53)
[THayes] Tommy Hayes. An Rás. Tommy Hayes (bodhrán, percussion). For this tune: 1st time Kieran Hanrahan (mandolin), then with Alisdair Fraser (fiddle).
~199415#3
[MMcNmr 1] Mary MacNamara. Traditional Music from East Clare. Mary MacNamara (concertina). For this tune: with PJ Hayes (fiddle), Martin Hayes (fiddle).
~199612#2
[SBw] Folan and Davey. Skin and Bow. Declan Folan (fiddle), Junior Davey (bodhrán).
~199811#1
[MMR 2] Mike and Mary Rafferty. The Old Fireside Music. Mike Rafferty (flute, pipes), Mary Rafferty (accordion, whistle). For this tune: Mary (whistle).
200113#2
[A BI] Altan. Blue Idol. Not identified in liner notes. [Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle, vocals), Ciaran Tourish (fiddle, whistle), Dermot Byrne (accordion), Ciaran Curran (bouzouki), Mark Kelly (guitar), Dáithi Sproule (guitar)].
~20013#1
[Lu 3] Lúnasa. The Merry Sisters of Fate. Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle), Seán Smyth (fiddle, whistle), Cillian Vallely (pipes, whistle), Donogh Hennessy (guitar, whistle), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass). For this tune: 1st time Seán Smyth (fiddle).
~20015#1
[Lu 7] Lúnasa. The Story So Far .... Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhran), Sean Smyth (fiddle, whistle), Cillian Vallely (pipes, whistle), Mike McGoldrick (flute, pipes), John McSherry (pipes), Donogh Hennessy (guitar), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass, cello), Paul Meehan (guitar). For this tune: 1st time Seán Smyth (fiddle).
~20051.25#1
[VCbl] Vincent Campbell. The Purple Heather. Vincent Campbell (fiddle).
20116#3
[HDvls 2] The House Devils. Crossing the Ocean. Matt Fahey (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, resonator guitar), Mat Walklate (harmonica, flute, vocals, whistle, pipes), Andrew Dinan (fiddle), Anthony Haller (double bass).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Cold Night
LC 1
Glen of Aherlow
MMcNmr 1
Larry Redican's Bow
SBw
Comb Your Hair and Curl It
A BI
Broken Pledge
HDvls 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Green Fields of Glentown
SK 1
Aughacashel
SBw
Dunmore Lasses
MMR 2
Moving Bog
VCbl

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.
On page 80 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #40 in volume 1 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #141 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
On page 158 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As tune #65 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
As tune #83 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): 1973