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Tune ID#1820 (St. Mary's)

Transcription of first 2 bars of St. Mary's about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Ch 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Polka32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
St. Mary's / Saint Mary's Polka / St Mary's Polka / Gurteen Cross / Gurkin Cross / The Ballymote / Sweeney's / Kittie Mannix's Polka (3rd in set Ballyfin Polkas on Ch W; 3rd in set The Church Street Polkas on JKn 6; 1st in set Selection 2 on GCB 2)
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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).
193712#2
~196311#1
[Ch 1] The Chieftains. The Chieftains. Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina), Seán Potts (whistle), Martin Fay (fiddle), David Fallon (bodhrán).
1978A.3#1
[ECahill] Eddie Cahill. Ah! Surely. Eddie Cahill (flute).
~199716#1
[KHe] Kevin Henry. One's Own Place - A Family Tradition. Kevin Henry (flute, whistle, pipes, vocals). For this tune: with Maggie Healy (flute).
199811#3
[JKn 6] James Keane and Friends. Live in Dublin. James Keane (accordion). For this tune: with Sean Keane (fiddle), Mick O'Connor (flute).
200014#3
[Ch W] The Chieftains. Water from the Well. Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle, accordion), Derek Bell (harp, harpsichord, piano, tiompán), Seán Keane (fiddle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán, vocals), Matt Molloy (flute). For this tune: with Dave Munnelly (accordion), The Ballyfin Set Dancers: Sheila Kirwan, Mark Kirwan, Sheila Lanham, Gussie Lanham.
~200720#1
[GCB 2] The Glenside. Take the Floor with The Glenside. Tom Flood (accordion), Johnny Duffy (banjo), Moyra Fraser (keyboard, vocals), Aidan Flood (drums).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Church Street Polka
FidDel, JKn 6
Ballydesmond Polka
Ch W
Played beforeOn Albums
Church Street Polka
Ch 1
Maggie in the Wood
ECahill
Roosky
KHe
Denis Murphy's Polka
GCB 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.
As tune #72 in volume 2 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On page 46 of [SLoP] Paul Deloughery. Sliabh Luachra on Parade. [available]
As tune #322 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As tune #73 in [IBPS] Pat Conway. Ireland's Best Polkas and Slides. [available]
As polka #33 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): 1937