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Tune ID#1400 (Nell Fees)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Nell Fees about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MOK (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Polka48AABBCCD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Nell Fees / Nell Fee's / Nell Fee / Pa Paddy O'Connor's / Johnny O'Leary's 2 / Johnny O'Leary's / John Clifford's # 1 / John Brosnan's / Sean Henneghan's Polka (2nd in set Polkas on JBrosnan; 2nd in set Dan O'Callaghan's on ACB 1; 3rd In set Dublin to Dingle on Lu 4; 1st in set Aoife Johnston's Freakout on Socks 1) (also in A; also without 3rd part in book SLoP)
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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).
199310#2
[MOK] Máire O'Keeffe. Cóisir. House Party. Máire O'Keeffe (fiddle).
~19968#1
[DH 1] Dan Herlihy and Friends. The Night of the Fair. Traditional Irish Music from Sliabh Luachra. Dan Herlihy (accordion).
~19963#2
[JBrosnan] John Brosnan. The Cook in the Kitchen. John Brosnan (accordion). For this tune: with Tim Kerins (fiddle).
19973#2
[SCAC] Séamus Creagh, Aidan Coffey. Séamus Creagh, Aidan Coffey. Séamus Creagh (fiddle), Aidan Coffey (accordion).
~199910#1
[PF] Patty Furlong. Traditional Irish Music on Button Accordion. Patty Conway Furlong (accordion). For this tune: 1st time solo, then with Fiona Doherty (fiddle).
20006#2
[ACB 1] The Abbey Céilí Band. Bruach an tSuláin. Ger Murphy (accordion), Andrew O'Connell (fiddle), Liam Forde (banjo), Micheál Creedon (bass, keyboards).
20027#3
[Lu 4] Lúnasa. Redwood. Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle), Seán Smyth (fiddle, whistle), Cillian Vallely (pipes, whistle), Donogh Hennessy (guitar, whistle), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass).
200212#1
[DLB] Donncha Lynch Band. Timmy 'the Brit' McCarthy's Set Dances of Cork and Kerry. Donncha Lynch (accordion), Aogan Lynch (concertina), Ronan Lynch (fiddle), Donncha Lynch, Jr. (guitar).
200912#2
[CTL 12] Cherish the Ladies. A Star in the East. Joanie Madden (flute, whistle, vocals, harmony vocals), Mary Coogan (guitar, mandolin, banjo), Mirella Murray (accordion), Roisin Dillon (fiddle), Kathleen Boyle (piano, harmony vocals), Michelle Burke (vocals, harmony vocals).
~20094#3
[MulcFam3] Mick, Louise & Michelle Mulcahy. Reelin' in Tradition. Mick Mulcahy (accordion, melodeon), Louise Mulcahy (flute, pipes), Michelle Mulcahy (concertina, fiddle, harp, piano).
~20124#1 (0:34)
[Socks 1] Socks in the Frying Pan. Socks in the Frying Pan. Shane Hayes (accordion), Fiachra Hayes (fiddle, banjo), Aodán Coyne (guitar, vocals). For this tune: Shane (accordion).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Pádraig O'Keeffe's
MOK, JBrosnan, SCAC, ACB 1
Foxhunter's Jig
Lu 4
Tom Billy Murphy's
MulcFam3
Played beforeOn Albums
Cascade
MOK
Terry 'Cuz' Teahan's Polka
DH 1
I'll Buy Boots for Maggie
PF
Newmarket
ACB 1
Taureen Derby Polka
Lu 4
[untitled]
Socks 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.
On page 54 of [SLoP] Paul Deloughery. Sliabh Luachra on Parade. [available]
On page 48 of [L] Alan's private loose music.
On page 234 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As polka #28 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [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): 1987