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Tune ID#1410 (Belles of Tipperary)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Belles of Tipperary about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording AMPR (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Belles of Tipperary, The / Belles of Tipperary / The Bells of Tipperary / Bells of Tipperary / Bell of Tipperary / New Policeman / John Donnelly's Fancy (1st in set Belles of Tipperary on CBdts 2) (compare Cronin's #6623; compare 2nd part with 2nd part of An Ceolchumann #2911)
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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).
~19717#2
~197612#1
[AMPR] Andy McGann and Paddy Reynolds. Andy McGann and Paddy Reynolds. Andy McGann (fiddle), Paddy Reynolds (fiddle).
~19769#1
[MM 1] Matt Molloy. Matt Molloy. Matt Molloy (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
~19812.1#1
[LinL] Charlie Lennon and Mick O'Connor. Lucky in Love. Charlie Lennon (fiddle), Mick O'Connor (flute).
~19866#1
[HMSP] Joe Burke, Michael Cooney, Terry Corcoran. Happy to Meet and Sorry to Part. Joe Burke (accordion), Michael Cooney (pipes, whistle), Terry Corcoran (guitar, vocals). For this tune: Michael Cooney (pipes).
198726#1
[WmSullvn] William Sullivan. Traditional Irish Music. William Sullivan (accordion).
~19888#2
[NH 1] Noel Hill. The Irish Concertina. Noel Hill (concertina).
~19941#1
[SJMcG] Sean and Jim McGuire. Pure Traditional Irish Fiddle Music. Brothers Together. Tribute to their Father. Sean McGuire (fiddle), Jim McGuire (fiddle). For this tune: Sean McGuire (fiddle).
~199512#2
[KC 1] Kevin Crawford. 'D' Flute Album. Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhrán). For this tune: (C bamboo flute).
~19969#2
[SBw] Folan and Davey. Skin and Bow. Declan Folan (fiddle), Junior Davey (bodhrán).
~199727#1
[Shskn 10] Shaskeen. Music for Set Dancing and Listening. Tom Cussen (banjo, mandolin), Benny O'Connor (drums, bodhrán, bongos), Seán Conway (flute, whistle, guitar), Eamonn Cotter (flute), Mike Fahy (guitar), Charlie Harris (accordion), Geraldine Cotter (piano), Carl Hession (piano). For this tune: Seán Conway (C whistle).
~19972#1
[TMcCrthy] Tommy McCarthy. Sporting Nell. Tommy McCarthy (concertina, pipes, whistle). For this tune: (C whistle).
~199811#1
[Cian] Cian. Three Shouts from a Hill. Brian Duke (flute), Padraig Rynne (concertina), Tim Murry (guitar, vocals), Damien Quinn (bodhrán, percussion). For this tune: 1st time Brian (flute).
~199912#1
[CBdts 2] The Céilí Bandits. Hangin' at the Crossroads. Yvonne Casey (fiddle), Eoin O'Neill (bouzouki), Quentin Cooper (mandolin, didgeridoo). For this tune: Yvonne (fiddle), with Kevin Griffin (banjo).
~200014#2
[MulcFam1] The Mulcahy Family. The Mulcahy Family. Mick Mulcahy (accordion, concertina), Louise Mulcahy (flute, pipes), Michelle Mulcahy (accordion, concertina, harp). For this tune: Louise (flute).
20011#2
[IBrgd 10] The Irish Brigade (and Friends). Live at the Half Time Rec. Mike Wallace (guitar, bodhrán, bass, vocals), Sean Conway (flute, whistle, guitar, vocals), John Wright (bass), Karie Oberg (vocals), Mike Ryan (dumbek). For this tune: Sean Conway (Bb whistle).
20026#3
[EGrs 1] Eliot Grasso. Standing Room Only. Eliot Grasso (pipes). For this tune: with Jim (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Anderson's Reel
ST BST
Wise Maid
NH 1
Kerry Reel
KC 1
Jenny Picking Cockles
SBw
Aggie Whyte's
MulcFam1
Devaney's Goat
IBrgd 10
Grandmaster
EGrs 1
Played beforeOn Albums
London Lasses
Shskn 10, IBrgd 10
Colonel Rodney
AMPR
Dunmore Lasses
MM 1
Red-Haired Lass
LinL
Micho Russell's
HMSP
Julia Delaney
SBw
Ravelled Hank of Yarn
TMcCrthy
Man of the House
Cian
Plough and the Stars
CBdts 2

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 94 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #40 in [P50] Brian and Eithne Vallely. Play 50 Reels. [available]
As reel #229 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
In [L] Alan's private loose music.
As reel #243 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #49 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): 1971