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Tune ID#1081 (Lakes of Sligo)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Lakes of Sligo about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording KCB 1 (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):
Lakes of Sligo, The / Lakes of Sligo / The Lass o' Gowrie / The Lass of Gowrie / Tom Billy's / Clare's Dragoons (1st in set Lakes of Sligo on KoKerry; 3rd in set Newmarket Polkas on 4MD 2; 2nd in set The End of the Plain on KCB 5; for 2nd figure of Sliabh Luachra Set on JRSLCB 2; mislabeled as Tripping on the Mountain on MtRd; 2nd in set Pot Luck on ECoyKD) (the 2nd part of this tune appears as the 2nd part of the BHughes source of Maid of Ardagh #1187) (also in G or A, also as Scottish march)
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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).
~19585#2
[KCB 1] The Kilfenora Ceili Band. The Fabulous Kilfenora Ceili Band. P.J. Lynch (fiddle), Gus Tierney (fiddle), Jim McCormack (flute), Gerry Lynch (accordion), P. Mullins, T. Eustace, P. Madigan, Kitty Linnane (piano), G. O'Loughlin (drums).
~19772.7#1
[KoKerry] Jimmy Doyle & Dan O'Leary. Traditional Music from the Kingdom of Kerry. Jimmy Doyle (accordion), Dan O'Leary (fiddle).
1978B.1#2
[ECahill] Eddie Cahill. Ah! Surely. Eddie Cahill (flute).
19922.4#2
[SDI 2] Set Dances of Ireland. Volume II. Denis McMahon (fiddle), Paudy Scully (flute), Timmy O'Connor (melodeon), Michael Tubridy (flute), Tommy McCarthy (concertina), Eamon McGivney (fiddle).
~19936#3
[4MD 2] Four Men and a Dog. Shifting Gravel. Cathal Hayden (fiddle, banjo), Gino Lupari (percussion, vocals), Kevin Doherty (guitar, vocals), Arty McGlynn (guitar), Conor Keane (accordion), Gerry O'Connor (banjo, fiddle).
~199420#1
[SndCmC] The Sound of Coleman Country. Coleman Heritage Group.
~19979#2
[KCB 5] The Kilfenora Céili Band. Set on Stone. Aidan McMahon (fiddle), Anne Marie McCormack (fiddle), Anne Rynne (fiddle), Garry Shannon (flute), Anthony Quigney (flute), Conor McCarthy (accordion), John Lynch (banjo), Tim Collins (concertina), Fintan McMahon (piano), Sean Griffin (drums), Paul O'Driscoll (double bass).
~19982#1
[JRSLCB 2] Johnny Reidy and the Sliabh Luachra Ceili Band. Music for Set Dancing Vol. II. Johnny Reidy (accordion).
~199925#1
[MtRd] The Mountain Road. A Compilation of Tunes Popular in South Sligo. Seamus Quinn (fiddle), James McDonagh (flute).
~20022.9#2
[MSCB] Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton (accordion), Caroline Tubridy (fiddle), Pat Curtin (flute), Brian Morgan (flute), Ralph Morgan (banjo), George Byrt (piano), Martin Garrihy (drums).
20077#2
[PotW] John Wynne and John McEvoy. Pride of the West. John Wynne (flute), John McEvoy (fiddle).
~20097#3
[SBJM 2] Seamus Begley and Jim Murray. Éirí Go Lá. Seamus Begley (accordion, vocals), Jim Murray (guitar, electric bass, keyboards, backing vocals, accordion).
~20138#2
[ECoyKD] Éamonn Coyne and Kris Drever. Storymap. Éamonn Coyne (banjo, guitar), Kris Drever (guitar, vocals, mandolin). For this tune: Éamonn (tenor guitar), Kris (guitar).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Leather Away with the Wattle O
KCB 1, ECahill, KCB 5, MSCB
Finnegan's Wake
SDI 2
Newmarket
4MD 2
Farewell to Whiskey
PotW
Knocknagree Polka
SBJM 2
Played beforeOn Albums
[untitled]
KCB 1, KCB 5, MSCB
[untitled]
KoKerry
Tá Dhá Ghabhairín Buí Agam
SDI 2
Kenmare Polka
JRSLCB 2
Tripping on the Mountain
MtRd

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 #80 in volume 4 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #222 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As misc #49 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 70 of [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
As tune #76 in [IBPS] Pat Conway. Ireland's Best Polkas and Slides. [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): 1958