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Tune ID#129 (Battering Ram)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Battering Ram about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording PitS (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig48AABBCCG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Battering Ram, The / Battering Ram / Batterin Ram / An Reithe Cogaidh / The Ladies' March to the Ballroom / Queen of the Rushes / Mary O'Hara (also in A)
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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).
19604#1
[ECr] Elizabeth Crotty. Concertina Music from West Clare. Elizabeth Crotty (concertina). For this tune: with Aggie White (fiddle).
19602.12#2
[SltSdt] Seoltaí Séidte. Setting Sail. Vincent Broderick (flute).
~196311#4
[Ch 1] The Chieftains. The Chieftains. Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina), Seán Potts (whistle), Martin Fay (fiddle), David Fallon (bodhrán). For this tune: 1st time Michael Tubridy (flute).
~19641.8#2
[EMlny] Eddie Moloney. Eddie Moloney. Master Musician. Eddie Moloney (flute, fiddle, whistle, vocal). For this tune: (flute).
196719#2
[PitS] Paddy in the Smoke. Jimmy Power, Lucy Farr, Andy Boyle (fiddles).
19748#2
[RF] Miko, Pakie and Gussie Russell. The Russell Family of Doolin, County Clare. Miko Russell (whistle, flute, vocals), Gussie Russell (whistle), Pakie Russell (concertina). For this tune: Miko (whistle), Gussie (whistle).
19755#1
~19936#2
~19957#1
[Arc 2] Arcady. Many Happy Returns. Johnny McDonagh (bones, bodhrán, triangle), Nicholas Quemener (guitar, flute, whistle, vocals), Patsy Broderick (piano, keyboards), Conor Keane (accordion), Brendan Larrissey (fiddle), Niamh Parsons (vocals).
~19956#2
[KC 1] Kevin Crawford. 'D' Flute Album. Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhrán). For this tune: (flute).
19966#1
[TCB 3] The Tulla Ceili Band. A Celebration of 50 Years. P. J. Hayes (fiddle), Martin Hayes (fiddle), Francis Donnellan (fiddle), Mark Donnellan (fiddle), J. J. Conway (flute), Jennifer Lenihan (flute), Sean Donnelly (accordion), Michael McKee (accordion), Jim Corry (piano), Michael Flanigan (drums).
~199613#1
[ST ES] Seamus Tansey. Easter Snow. Seamus Tansey (flute).
~199812#2
[TP 7] Tommy Peoples. The Quiet Glen / An Gleann Ciúin. Tommy Peoples (fiddle). For this tune: (viola).
~199917#1
[CODnl 1] Colm O'Donnell. Farewell to Evening Dances. Colm O'Donnell (flute, whistle, vocals). For this tune: (flute).
~19991.16#1
[WFO 1] Wooden Flute Obsession. Colm O'Donnell (flute).
200112#1
[CFF 3] Celtic Fiddle Festival. Kevin Burke, Johnny Cunningham, Christian Lemaître. Rendezvous. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Johnny Cunningham (fiddle), Christian Lemaître (fiddle).
~20022.7#4
[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).
~20058#1
[MMhn] Martin Meehan. Three's Company. Martin Meehan (flute, bodhrán).
~20061#1
[CrnrHs 2] Corner House. The Friendly Visit. Davey Mathias (guitar), Andi Hearn (fiddle, vocals). For this tune: Andi (fiddle), Beanie (fiddle).
20117#3
[JigUp] The Jig Is Up!. First Steps. Judd Heartsill (accordion, flute), Larry Mallette (flute, whistle), Diehl Moran (fiddle, banjo), Matthew Lewis (guitar, flute, whistle), Robert Shaddox (bodhrán, vocals).
201114#3
[KRyan] Karen Ryan. The Coast Road. Karen Ryan (fiddle, banjo, whistle). For this tune: (fiddle), with Gary Connolly (accordion), Colman Connolly (pipes).
~201112#2
[JCtBRn] John Carty and Brian Rooney. At Complete Ease. John Carty (fiddle, tenor guitar), Brian Rooney (fiddle). For this tune: John (fiddle).
~20117#2
[FlgMem] Andrew Mac Namara, Orla Harrington, Jim Higgins. Flagstone Memories. Orla Harrington (fiddle), Andrew Mac Namara (accordion), Jim Higgins (piano, percussion).
20135#1
[MMcHugh] Martin McHugh. The Master's Choice. Martin McHugh (accordion). For this tune: with Laura (flute).
~201312#2
[JAbrt 1] Joey Abarta. Swimming against the Falls. Snámh in aghaidh easa. Joey Abarta (pipes).

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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 14 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #54 in volume 1 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On page 36 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As jig #77 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 25 of [T] Fintan Vallely. Timber. The Flute Tutor. 2nd Edition. [available]
On page 12 of [MR] Barbara Wygol (tunes), Jenny Loui (text). The Piper's Chair. A Collection of Tunes and Folklore from Micho Russell.
As tune #95 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 76 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 125 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As jig #153 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #227 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): 1960