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Irish Traditional Music Tune Index
Tune ID#1921 (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 jig48AABBCCA Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Tom Billy's / Tom Billy's #1 / Tom Billy's 1 / Tom Billy's Jig / Port Tom Billy / Paddy's Jig
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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#1
[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).
~19761.1#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). For this tune: 1st time Frankie (fiddle).
~19793#1
[MB 1] Mary Bergin. Feadóga Stáin. Traditional Irish Music on the Tin Whistle. Mary Bergin (whistle). For this tune: (F whistle).
19911#3
[Ch AIE] The Chieftains. An Irish Evening. Live at the Grand Opera House, Belfast. Martin Fay (fiddle), Seán Keane (fiddle), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán, vocals), Matt Molloy (flute), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Derek Bell (harp, tiompán, keyboards).
200317#3
[CSmth] Chris Smith with Roger Landes and Randal Bays. Coyotebanjo. Chris Smith (banjo, mandola, mandolin, field organ), Roger Landes (bouzouki), Randal Bays (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
March of the King of Laois
Ch AIE
Doctor O'Neill
CSmth
Played beforeOn Albums
Tom Billy's
SatG
Castle Jig
DD 2
Langstern Pony
MB 1
O'Rourke's
Ch AIE

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 #48 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As tune #13 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
As tune #68 in volume 3 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #5 in volume 3 of [LPTW] Eithne Vallely. Learn to Play the Tin Whistle. [available]
As jig #88 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #241 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
On pages 112-113 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On pages 189-190 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As jig #130 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As jig #126 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [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