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Tune ID#1952 (Toormore #1)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Toormore #1 about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JOL 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Polka32AABBA Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Toormore #1 / The Tuar Mor #1 / Tuarmore / Teamhair Mhór / Johnny O'Leary's / Polca Johnny O'Leary (1st in set The Tourmore Polkas on JOL 1 and RshMtn; 1st in set The Tuar Mór Polkas in book JOL; 2nd in track 6 The Toormore Polkas and 2nd in track 14 Toormore Polkas on CBnds) / The Tournmore / The Tournmore Polka / Wallace's Cross / Crosaire de Bhailís / The Maid in the Blue Bonnet / Tony Lowe's Polka / Newmarket #2 / The Gullane Polka (1st in set Johnny Leary's Polkas on DD 2; 3rd in set If I Had Maggie in the Wood on Ch 8; 3rd in set Three Kerry Polkas on KMKerry; 2nd in set Ballydesmond Polka on ESL 1; 2nd in set The Annabla Polkas 2 & 1 on JCnly 2; 1st in set Dave Hennesseys / Brendan Begley's Favourite on CrssCl; for 2nd figure of Borlin Valley Polka Set on MISD 6)
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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).
~19762.6#2
[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 Charlie (C melodeon).
197711#1
[JOL 1] Johnny O'Leary. Music for the Set. Traditional Irish Music from Sliabh Luachra. Johnny O'Leary (accordion).
197724#1
[RshMtn] The Rushy Mountain. Johnny O'Leary (accordion).
~19786#3
[Ch 8] The Chieftains. 8. Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Seán Potts (whistle), Seán Keane (fiddle), Martin Fay (fiddle, bones), Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Derek Bell (harp, tiompán), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán).
~1978B.8#1
[MMulv 1] Martin Mulvihill with Mick Moloney. Traditional Irish Fiddling from County Limerick. Martin Mulvihill (fiddle).
19956#2
[DRuss] Dale Russ. Irish Fiddle. Dale Russ (fiddle).
19954#3
~19962.1#1
[MISD 6] Donncha Lynch Trio. The Magic of Irish Set Dancing. Vol. 6. Donncha Lynch (accordion), Aogán Lynch (concertina), Donncha Lynch Jr. (guitar).
199814#2
[CBnds] The County Bounds. Dónal O'Connor (fiddle), Maurice O'Keeffe (fiddle), Johnny O'Leary (accordion).
19986#2
[CBnds] The County Bounds. Johnny O'Leary (accordion), Con Ó Drisceoil (accordion).
~19982.8#2
[ESL 1] An Evening in Sliabh Luachra. Volume One. A Collection of Traditional Music and Song from the Sliabh Luachra Area. Jimmy Doyle (accordion), Johnny O'Leary (accordion), Tim Keily (guitar).
~19985#2
[JCnly 2] Johnny Connolly. Drioball na Fáinleoige. Johnny Connolly (melodeon, accordion, vocals). For this tune: (melodeon).
19994#1
[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).
~20005#2
[JLavelle] John Lavelle. @Home Alone. John Lavelle (accordion).
200118#2
[PHCB] Public House Ceili Band. Go Figure. Dan Cobb (banjo), Dave Delgado (whistle), Alan Ng (fiddle), Bob Newton (octave mandolin).
~201119#2
[MOhEn] Micheál Ó hEidhin [with] Steve Cooney and Charlie Lennon. Ceol Sidhe. Shee Music. Micheál Ó hEidhin (concertina), Steve Cooney (guitar), Charlie Lennon (fiddle).
~20137#2
[BHughes] Brian Hughes. The Beat of the Breath. Brian Hughes (whistle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Maid of Ardagh
CBnds, CBnds, JCnly 2, ESL 1, BHughes
Last Chance Polka
DRuss, JLavelle
Dear Irish Boy
DD 2
Maggie in the Wood
Ch 8
Denis Murphy's Polka
KMKerry
Sweeney's Polka
PHCB
Little Diamond
MOhEn
Played beforeOn Albums
Maid of Ardagh
DD 2, JOL 1, RshMtn, MOhEn
Glen Cottage
DRuss, JLavelle
Tarmon's
MMulv 1
New Roundabout
CrssCl
Many a Wild Night
BHughes

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 #72 in volume 4 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #69 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
As tune #90 in [SIMB] Tony Sullivan. Sully's Irish Music Book. [available]
As tune #87 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As polka #9 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As polka #71 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
As tune #1 in [IBPS] Pat Conway. Ireland's Best Polkas and Slides. [available]
As tune #56 in [IBPS] Pat Conway. Ireland's Best Polkas and Slides. [available]
On page 235 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As polka #35 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As other #23 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [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): 1974