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Tune ID#1920 (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 ?
Double jig32AABBA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Tom Billy's / Tom Billy's Jig / [misspelled as:] Tom Billys / Tom Billys 2 / Tom Billy's #2 / Tom Billy Murphy's / Port Tom Billy Murphy / Tom Billy's Favourite / The Flowers of Spring / Bláthanna an Earraigh / The Gay Harp (2nd in set Tom Billy's on SatG) (also in E or D)
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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).
~19695#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).
~19761.6#1
[DD 2] De Danann. Selected Jigs Reels and Songs. Frankie Gavin (fiddle, flute, whistle), Charlie Piggot (banjo, melodeon, mandolin, whistle, bouzouki), Johnny Moynihan (vocals, bouzouki, mandolin, whistle, harmonica), Alec Finn (bouzouki), Johnny 'Ringo' McDonagh (bodhrán, bones).
19772#2
[MBP] Matt Molloy, Paul Brady, Tommy Peoples. Matt Molloy. Paul Brady. Tommy Peoples. Matt Molloy (flute), Paul Brady (guitar, vocals), Tommy Peoples (fiddle).
19789#2
[NHTL] Noel Hill and Tony Linnane. Noel Hill and Tony Linnane. Noel Hill (concertina), Tony Linnane (fiddle).
~199611#2
[LN 1] Laurence Nugent. Traditional Irish Music on Flute and Tin-Whistle. Laurence Nugent (flute, whistle). For this tune: (C whistle).
~19961.3#3
[MISD 6] Donncha Lynch Trio. The Magic of Irish Set Dancing. Vol. 6. Donncha Lynch (accordion), Aogán Lynch (concertina), Donncha Lynch Jr. (guitar).
~19985#2
[Cltri 3] Ceoltóirí. Women of Ireland. Karen Ashbrook (hammered dulcimer, flute, whistle), Connie McKenna (vocals, guitar), Sue Richards (harp). For this tune: 1st time Karen (hammered dulcimer).
~20022.5#2
[MSCB] Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton (accordion), Caroline Tubridy (fiddle), Pat Curtin (flute), Brian Morgan (flute), Ralph Morgan (banjo), George Byrt (piano), Martin Garrihy (drums).
~20035#1
[KitRec] Seán O'Driscoll and Larry Egan. The Kitchen Recordings. Seán O'Driscoll (banjo, bouzouki), Larry Egan (accordion).
~200614#2
[HB 3] Harry Bradley. The Night-Rambler's Companion. Harry Bradley (flute, whistle).
~20113#4
[StryGoes] Seán Tyrrell, Kevin Glackin, Ronan Browne. And So the Story Goes . . .. Seán Tyrrell (banjo, mandolin, mandola, mandocello, mandobass, tenor guitar, vocals), Kevin Glackin (fiddle), Ronan Browne (pipes, flute, whistle, bodhrán).
201315#1
[MMcHugh] Martin McHugh. The Master's Choice. Martin McHugh (accordion). For this tune: with Laura (whistle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Scotsman over the Border
NHTL, MISD 6
Tom Billy's
SatG
Basket of Turf
MBP
Frost Is All Over
LN 1
Joy Be with You
Cltri 3
Blarney Pilgrim
MSCB
Wallop the Spot
HB 3
Dusty Miller
StryGoes
Played beforeOn Albums
Jackie Small's Jig
DD 2
Cailleach an Airgid
LN 1
Sweet Biddy Daly
Cltri 3
Paddy in LondonKitRec
Lake Shore
MMcHugh

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 #31 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As tune #67 in volume 3 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #6 in volume 3 of [LPTW] Eithne Vallely. Learn to Play the Tin Whistle. [available]
As tune #242 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
On page 21 of [SLoP] Paul Deloughery. Sliabh Luachra on Parade. [available]
On page 113 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 190 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As jig #131 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #44 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [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): 1967