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Tune ID#1860 (Sweeney's Polka)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Sweeney's Polka 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 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Polka32AABBA Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Sweeney's Polka / Sweeney's / Denis Murphy's / Bridge O'Leary's / Bridget O'Leary / Bridge O'Leary's Polka / Kerry Polka (1st in set Selection 1 on GCB 2; 1st in set Kerry Polkas in book LPTW) (also in G)
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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).
196913#1
[Ch 2] The Chieftains. 2. Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Seán Potts (whistle), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Peadar Mercier (bodhrán, bones), Seán Keane (fiddle).
~199315#1
[TDrty] Tom Doherty. Take the Bull by the Horns. Tom Doherty (accordion). For this tune: with Brendan Mulvihill (fiddle), Maureen Doherty Macken (flute), Mary Coogan (banjo).
19954#2
[JOL 3] Johnny O'Leary. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. Johnny O'Leary (accordion).
200118#1
[PHCB] Public House Ceili Band. Go Figure. Dan Cobb (banjo), Dave Delgado (whistle), Alan Ng (fiddle), Bob Newton (octave mandolin).
~20074#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
Kenmare Polka
JOL 3
Played beforeOn Albums
Denis Murphy's Polka
Ch 2
Babes in the Woods
TDrty
Toormore #1
PHCB
Dan Mac's
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 #73 in volume 2 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #23#1 in volume 1 of [LPTW] Eithne Vallely. Learn to Play the Tin Whistle. [available]
As polka #13 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 23 of [T] Fintan Vallely. Timber. The Flute Tutor. 2nd Edition. [available]
On page 38 of [SLoP] Paul Deloughery. Sliabh Luachra on Parade. [available]
As tune #282 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As tune #42 in [IBPS] Pat Conway. Ireland's Best Polkas and Slides. [available]
As polka #13 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): 1969