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Tune ID#1358 (Ballymahon Reel)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Ballymahon Reel about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JJK (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Ballymahon Reel, The / The Ballymahon / Ballymahon Reel / Mrs. Crehan's Reel / Mrs. Crehan's / Mrs Crehan's / Ríl Bhean Uí Chroidheáin / Bean Uí Chroideáin (2nd in set Ballanavich on GL20) (also doubled) (composed by James Hanly according to JPmpls)
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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).
~19737#2
[JJK] John and James Kelly with Michael Crehan and Michael Gavin. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. James Kelly (fiddle), John Kelly (fiddle).
~19796#1
[MB 1] Mary Bergin. Feadóga Stáin. Traditional Irish Music on the Tin Whistle. Mary Bergin (whistle). For this tune: (D whistle).
~19851#3
[CW] Matt Molloy and Sean Keane. Contentment Is Wealth. Matt Molloy (flute), Sean Keane (fiddle).
~19942.4#2
19981#3
[JKn 5] James Keane. Sweeter as the Years Roll By. James Keane (accordion).
20021#1
[AJK] Alan and John Kelly. Fourmilehouse. Alan Kelly (piano accordion), John Kelly (flute, whistle).
~200412#2
[Ovld] Randal Bays and Dáithí Sproule. Overland. Randal Bays (fiddle, guitar), Dáithí Sproule (guitar, vocals).
~20061#2
[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).
~20153#3
[JPmpls] Jayne Pomplas. Jayne Pomplas. Traditional Irish Music on Fiddle. Jayne Pomplas (fiddle). For this tune: with Isaac Alderson (flute).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Dublin Porter
JJK
Twilight in Portroe
CW
Boys from Ballavanich
GL20
Commodore
JKn 5
An Trí is a Rian
Ovld
John Brennan's
DCB 1
Concert Reel
JPmpls
Played beforeOn Albums
Gerry Commane's
MB 1
Quinn's
AJK
Caher Rua
Ovld
Mrs. Crotty's Christening
DCB 1

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 #138 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
As reel #384 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [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