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Tune ID#1925 (Tom Sullivan's)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Tom Sullivan'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 JDa 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Polka32AABBD Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Tom Sullivan's / Bog Road / Molly Jones / The Spailpin Fanach (as No name on HmrLshn; 2nd in set I'm Leaving Tipperary on DD 4; as reel in G titled The West Cork Reel on JnKlly and on WatReeds)
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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).
197514#1
[JnKlly] John Kelly. Irish Traditional Concertina and Fiddle Music. John Kelly (concertina, fiddle). For this tune: (concertina).
19761.8#1
[HmrLshn] John and Julia Clifford. The Humours of Lisheen. Music from Sliabh Luachra Vol. 3. John Clifford (piano accordion), Julia Clifford (fiddle).
19771#1
[JDa 1] Jackie Daly. Music from Sliabh Luachra. Jackie Daly (accordion, concertina). For this tune: (accordion).
19773#1
[RshMtn] The Rushy Mountain. Jackie Daly (accordion).
~19772.4#2
[KoKerry] Jimmy Doyle & Dan O'Leary. Traditional Music from the Kingdom of Kerry. Jimmy Doyle (accordion), Dan O'Leary (fiddle).
~198111#2 (2:01)
[DD 4] De Danann. The Star Spangled Molly. Jackie Daly (accordion), Alec Finn (bouzouki, guitar), Frankie Gavin (fiddle, flute), Johnny "Ringo" McDonagh (bodhrán, bones), Charlie Piggot (banjo), Maura O'Connell (vocals).
~199516#1
[WatReeds] Tommy Keane, Jacqueline McCarthy, with Alec Finn. The Wind among the Reeds. Tommy Keane (pipes, whistle), Jacqueline McCarthy (concertina). For this tune: (pipes), (concertina).
~20148#2
[4StarT 2] Four Star Trio. Magnetic South. Johnny McCarthy (fiddle, flute, whistle, vocals, guitar), Con Ó Drisceoil (accordion, melodeon, vocals, piano), Pat Herring Ahern (guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, ukulele).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Ballydesmond Polka #2
KoKerry
I'm Leaving Tipperary
DD 4
Dhá Chich Danann
4StarT 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Johnny Leary's
JDa 1, RshMtn
Paddy Fahy's
WatReeds
Pádraig Ó Caoimh
4StarT 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.
On page 51 of [SLoP] Paul Deloughery. Sliabh Luachra on Parade. [available]
As polka #109 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
As tune #64 in [IBPS] Pat Conway. Ireland's Best Polkas and Slides. [available]
As other #13 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [available]
As polka #37 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): 1975