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Tune ID#1034 (Killavil Polka)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Killavil Polka about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording PttW (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Polka32AA'BB'G Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Killavil Polka / The Killavil Polka / The Killavil Postman / Killavil Post / Fred Finn's Polka / Leitrim Polka (1st in set Barn Dances on Arc 1; 3rd in set Polka Time on LMcK 1) (also in D, as barn dance)
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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).
~19913#1
[Arc 1] Arcady. After the Ball . . .. Jackie Daly (accordion), Frances Black (vocals), Patsy Broderick (piano/keyboards), Johnny McDonagh (percussion), Brendan Larrisey (fiddle, viola), Nicolas Quemenar (guitar, flute, whistle, vocals).
~19948#1
[SndCmC] The Sound of Coleman Country. Peter Horan (flute).
~199912#1
[NVall 1] Niall Vallely. Beyond Words. Niall Vallely (concertina, keyboard). For this tune: with Caoimhin Vallely (piano).
~200311#3
[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).
~200312#1
[NCrg 3] North Cregg. Summer at My Feet. Ciarán Coughlan (piano, harmonium), Fiona Kelleher (vocals), Christy Leahy (accordion), Martin Leahy (drums, percussion), Paul Meehan (banjo, guitar, mandolin), Caoimhín Vallely (fiddle, piano).
~200713#2
[PttW] Matt Molloy and John Carty with Arty McGlynn. Pathway to the Well. Matt Molloy (flute), John Carty (fiddle), Arty McGlynn (guitar).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Dark Girl Dressed in Blue
LMcK 1
Ballinafad Polka
PttW
Played beforeOn Albums
Gypsy Princess
Arc 1
Connemara Stockings
NVall 1

Bibliography

According to my research, there are zero transcriptions that are musically very similar to this tune anywhere in the indexed books, regardless of tune title. Try my recommended links to other indexes if you need a transcription. To learn to play this tune, simply learn it from another musician or study the recording(s) listed above. See also: Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music.

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1991