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Tune ID#1756 (Shandon Bells)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Shandon Bells about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording LR 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Shandon Bells / Cloig an tSeandúin / Shandon's Bells / Shandons Bells / Punch for the Ladies (mislabeled as The Walls of Limerick on the original issue of the recording on LR 1; as 1st 2 parts of untitled medley in book NF)
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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).
19222.4#1
[PJConlon] Peter J. Conlon. The Genius of Peter Conlon. 78 RPM Recordings from 1917-1929. Peter J. Conlon (melodeon).
~194823#1
[LR 1] Leo Rowsome. Classics of Irish Piping. Leo Rowsome (pipes).
19924#1
[BMu 2] Brendan Mulvihill, Donna Long. The Morning Dew. Brendan Mulvihill (fiddle), Donna Long (piano).
~199614#1
[JCt 2] John Carty. Last Night's Fun. John Carty (fiddle, banjo, flute).
~20001#1
[MMcNmr 2] Mary MacNamara. The Blackberry Blossom. Mary MacNamara (concertina). For this tune: (low concertina).
~20022#1
[BRny 2] Brian Rooney. Leitrim to London. Brian Rooney (fiddle, accordion).
~20034#2
[KLO] Mick O'Brien agus Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. Kitty Lie Over. Mick O'Brien (pipes, whistle), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle, whistle). For this tune: (Bb pipes), (fiddle).
20064#1
[MOR 2] Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. Inside Out. Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
~200814#1
[Snchrd] Dermy Diamond, Tara Diamond, Dáithí Sproule. Seanchairde. Old Friends. Dermy Diamond (fiddle), Tara Diamond aka Tara Bingham (flute), Dáithí Sproule (guitar). For this tune: Dermy (fiddle), Tara (whistle).
20117#2
[KRyan] Karen Ryan. The Coast Road. Karen Ryan (fiddle, banjo, whistle). For this tune: (banjo).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Biddy from Sligo
KLO
Bride's Favourite
KRyan
Played beforeOn Albums
Haste to the Wedding
LR 1
Boys of the Town
BMu 2
Paddy from Portlaw
JCt 2
Thomas Friel's
MMcNmr 2
Jackson's Morning Brush
BRny 2
One that Was Lost
MOR 2
Condon's Frolics
Snchrd

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 #814 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #1 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 27 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 101 of [NF] Allen Feldman. The Northern Fiddler. [available]
As jig #116 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #29 in [DM 4] Dave Mallinson. 100 Vital Irish Session 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): 1903