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Tune ID#1919 (Tom Billy's)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Tom Billy'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 SatG (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Tom Billy's / Tom Billys / Tom Billy's Reel / Humours of Scartaglen / Scarta Glen / The New Post Office / Oifig Nua an Phoist / Humours of Newcastle West / The Gleanntán Reel / The Star above the Garter (as interlude in song The Galway Rover on CTL 5) (often doubled, also in E Mixolydian; with a 3rd part only in book IFMCK, p. 68) (compare 1st part with 1st part of Humours of Newcastle West #5703)
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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).
~19698#2
[SatG] Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford. The Star above the Garter. Fiddle music from Kerry, played by Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford. Denis Murphy (fiddle), Julia Clifford (fiddle).
~198213#2
[TP 4] Tommy Peoples. The Iron Man. Tommy Peoples (fiddle).
19921#2
[ScE] Gerry Harrington and Eoghan O'Sullivan. Scéal Eile. Gerry Harrington (fiddle), Eoghan O'Sullivan (accordion). For this tune: Eoghan (accordion), Gerry (fiddle).
~19968#1
[CTL 5] Cherish the Ladies. New Day Dawning. Joanie Madden (flute, whistle, vocals), Mary Coogan (guitar, mandolin, banjo), Mary Rafferty (accordion, whistle), Donna Long (piano, fiddle, vocals), Siobhan Egan (fiddle, bodhrán, whistle), Aoife Clancy (vocals, guitar).
199817#2
[CBnds] The County Bounds. Noeleen O'Connor (fiddle), Johnny McCarthy (fiddle), Matt Cranitch (fiddle), Con Ó Drisceoil (accordion), Paudie O'Connor (accordion), Hammy Hamilton (flute).
19997#2
[CrssCl] Seamus Glackin, Brendan Begley, Michael O'Brien, Mary Corcoran, Mick Gaynor. Crossroads Céilí. Seamus Glackin (fiddle), Brendan Begley (accordion), Michael O'Brien (flute), Mary Corcoran (piano), Mick Gaynor (drums).
20008#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 Ashley MacIsaac (dance, fiddle), Seamus Begley (accordion), Laurence Courtney (banjo), Eoin Ó Beaglaoich (concertina).
~20027#2
[EON] Eoin O'Neill. In Session. Eoin O'Neill (bouzouki, fiddle). For this tune: Tara Connaghan (fiddle).
20033#3
[TBrwne] Tim Browne. Mutiny in the County. Tim Browne (fiddle, vocals, bouzouki). For this tune: Tim (fiddle), Len McCarthy (accordion).
~200717#1
[MH 5] Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill. Welcome Here Again. Martin Hayes (fiddle, viola), Dennis Cahill (guitar, mandolin, bass).
20111#2
[IFMCK] Connie O'Connell. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. Connie O'Connell (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Banks of the Ilen
SatG, TP 4, ScE, CBnds, CrssCl, IFMCK
Gladstone
Ch W
Molly Bán
EON
Johnny Allen's
TBrwne
Played beforeOn Albums
Galway Rover
CTL 5
Heather Breeze
EON
Pigeon on the Gate
MH 5

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 68 of [IFMCK] Drew Beisswenger. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. [available]
As tune #21 in volume 3 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On page 122 of [IFMCK] Drew Beisswenger. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. [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): 1949