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Tune ID#142 (Belle of the Ball)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Belle of the Ball about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MC (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Barn dance32AABBA Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Belle of the Ball, The / Memories of Sligo / James Gannon's (2nd in set James Gannon's on MC; 3rd in set Barn Dance Medley on OTUS1; 2nd in set Barn Dances on DRuss; 2nd in set Jamesy Gannon's Barn Dances on CLnn 1; 3rd in set Western Swing on ECoy 1) (also as fling)
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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).
19271.8#2
[MC] Michael Coleman. Michael Coleman 1891-1945. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
193112#2
[BtB] Paddy Killoran, James Morrison. From Ballymote to Brooklyn. Paddy Killoran (fiddle), James Morrison (fiddle). For this tune: Paddy Killoran (fiddle), Paddy Sweeney (fiddle).
193116#2
[RtHaMtD] Round the House and Mind the Dresser. Paddy Killoran (fiddle), Paddy Sweeney (fiddle).
19341#3
[OTUS1] Oldtime Records. Vol. 1. U.S. Recordings. Traditional Irish Recordings from the 1920's and 1930's. Louis E. Quinn and His Shamrock Minstrels: Louis E. Quinn (fiddle), James O'Beirne (fiddle), Patrick Lynch (accordion).
~195324#2
[JDJO] Joe Derrane and Jerry O'Brien. Irish Accordion Masters. Joe Derrane (accordion), Jerry O'Brien (accordion). For this tune: O'Brien, Derrane.
199112#2
[BBow 3] Buttons and Bows. Grace Notes - Nótaí Maise. Jackie Daly (accordion, concertina), Séamus McGuire (fiddle, viola), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Garry O'Briain (guitar, mandocello, piano).
19924#1
[ScE] Gerry Harrington and Eoghan O'Sullivan. Scéal Eile. Gerry Harrington (fiddle), Eoghan O'Sullivan (accordion). For this tune: Eoghan (accordion), Gerry (fiddle).
199511#2
[DRuss] Dale Russ. Irish Fiddle. Dale Russ (fiddle).
~20008#2
[CLnn 1] Charlie Lennon. Time for a Tune. Charlie Lennon (fiddle, piano, drum).
20022#2
[HB 2] Harry Bradley. As I Carelessly Did Stray. . .. Harry Bradley (flute, whistle). For this tune: (flute), with Jesse Smith (fiddle).
~20024#3
[ECoy 1] Éamonn Coyne. Through the Round Window. Éamonn Coyne (banjo, guitar, mandolin).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
James Gannon's
MC, BBow 3, CLnn 1, ECoy 1
Glenbeigh
BtB, RtHaMtD
[untitled]
OTUS1
Orange and Blue
JDJO
Hills of TaraDRuss
Ballroom Favourite #2
HB 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Hayes' Favourite
ScE

Bibliography

According to my research, there are zero transcriptions that are musically very similar to this tune anywhere in the indexed books, regardless of tune title. Try my recommended links to other indexes if you need a transcription. To learn to play this tune, simply learn it from another musician or study the recording(s) listed above. See also: Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music.

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1927