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Tune ID#1257 (McGovern's Favourite)

Transcription of first 2 bars of McGovern's Favourite about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BtB (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
McGovern's Favourite / McGovern's Favorite / Rogha Mhic Shamhráin / Rogha Mhig Shamhráin / McGoverns Favourite / McGovern's Reel / McGovern's / The Cottage in the Grove / The Village in the Grove / Maurice Casey's Fancy / The Conneberry Reel / Coffey's Reel / Mike Flynn's (2nd in The Bloom of Youth Set on PttW) (also 2nd part singled) (compare especially 1st part with 1st part of Fitzgerald's Hornpipe #3569)
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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).
19396#1
[BtB] Paddy Killoran, James Morrison. From Ballymote to Brooklyn. Paddy Killoran (fiddle), James Morrison (fiddle). For this tune: Paddy Killoran (fiddle).
~199312#3
[SnugBl] Paddy O'Brien, Jamie Gans, Daithi Sproule. Snug in the Blanket. Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Jamie Gans (fiddle), Daithi Sproule (guitar).
~199612#2
[DH 1] Dan Herlihy and Friends. The Night of the Fair. Traditional Irish Music from Sliabh Luachra. Dan Herlihy (accordion).
~19967#1
[JCt 2] John Carty. Last Night's Fun. John Carty (fiddle, banjo, flute).
199712#2
[PS 6] Patrick Street. Made in Cork. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Jackie Daly (accordion), Andy Irvine (mandolin, bouzouki, harmonica, vocals), Ged Foley (guitar, backing vocals). For this tune: Kevin Burke (fiddle).
~19981#1
[JOS 2] Jerry O'Sullivan. The Gift. Jerry O'Sullivan (pipes, whistle, Scottish smallpipes, Irish warpipes). For this tune: (pipes), with Séamus Connolly (fiddle).
~19986#1
[MMR 2] Mike and Mary Rafferty. The Old Fireside Music. Mike Rafferty (flute, pipes), Mary Rafferty (accordion, whistle). For this tune: Mike (F flute).
~20002#2
[JLavelle] John Lavelle. @Home Alone. John Lavelle (accordion).
~20031.16#1
[WFO 2] Wooden Flute Obsession 2. Michael Clarkson (flute).
200512#2
[Drcht 2] Draíocht. Land's End. Michael Rooney (harp), June McCormack (flute).
~20057#2
[InTndm] Kevin Burke and Ged Foley. In Tandem. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Ged Foley (guitar, vocals).
~20066#1
[DCB 1] The Doon Céilí Band. Around the World for Sport. Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Kate Dowling (flute), Laura MacKenzie (flute), Brian Miller (flute), Jode Dowling (fiddle), Django Amerson (fiddle), Sean Egan (piano).
20072#1
[CMcEv 3] Catherine McEvoy. The Home Ruler. Traditional Irish Flute Music. Catherine McEvoy (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
~200714#2
[PttW] Matt Molloy and John Carty with Arty McGlynn. Pathway to the Well. Matt Molloy (flute), John Carty (fiddle), Arty McGlynn (guitar).
201012#1
[MCnDMn] Mick Conneely and David Munnelly. 'Tis What It Is. Mick Conneely (fiddle, bouzouki), David Munnelly (accordion, melodeon). For this tune: with Jonas Fromseier (banjo).
20153#1
[LKPD] Liam Kelly and Philip Duffy. Sets in Stone. Liam Kelly (flute), Philip Duffy (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Up to Your Knees in Sand
PS 6, JLavelle
Lass of Carracastle
SnugBl
Gowlaun
DH 1
Road to Monalea
Drcht 2
Roscommon Reel
InTndm
Bloom of Youth
PttW
Played beforeOn Albums
Tom Ward's Downfall
BtB, JCt 2, PttW
John Brennan's
PS 6, JLavelle
Bonny Bunch of Ferns
MMR 2
Lucky in Love
JOS 2
Street Player
WFO 2
Fred Finn's
InTndm
Captain Kelly
DCB 1
Paddy Sean Nancy's
CMcEv 3
Colonel Fraser
MCnDMn
Four-Leafed Shamrock
LKPD

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 #1421 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #658 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #71 in volume 3 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #83 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
On page 135 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As 8 (Treoir) in [L] Alan's private loose music.
As reel #211 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As reel #5 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
As tune #62 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): 1903