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Tune ID#205 (Boys of Ballisodare)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Boys of Ballisodare about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Ch 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Slip jig32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Boys of Ballisodare, The / The Boys of Ballysadare / The Boys of Ballysodare / Boys of Balisadare / Buachaillí Bhaile Easa Dara / Liam Farrell's / Nora Criona (as 3rd tune Gan Ainm in set Bealtaine on Lu 1) (also in C, also with parts singled; on JCt 3, first as slip jig, then as reel)
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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).
~19634#2
[Ch 1] The Chieftains. The Chieftains. Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina), Seán Potts (whistle), Martin Fay (fiddle), David Fallon (bodhrán). For this tune: 1st time Paddy Moloney (pipes).
199019#1
~199614#1
[CmA 1] The Coleman Archive Vol. 1: The Living Tradition. Larry Reddigan (banjo).
19975#3
[Lu 1] Lúnasa. Lúnasa. Seán Smyth (fiddle, whistle), Mike McGoldrick (flute, whistle), John McSherry (pipes, whistle), Donagh Hennessy (guitar), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass).
~199911#1
[OMT] Billy McComiskey, Brendan Mulvihill, and Zan McLeod. One More Time. Billy McComiskey (accordion), Brendan Mulvihill (fiddle), and Zan McLeod (guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, bass). For this tune: Brendan, Billy.
~20014#1
[JCt 3] John Carty. Yeh, That's All It Is. John Carty (fiddle, guitar). For this tune: (tenor guitar).
20081#2
[RedW] The Red Wellies. The Red Wellies. Claudine "Beanie" Odell (fiddle), Duncan Wickel (fiddle, pipes), Vincent Fogarty (bouzouki).
~20095#1
[SMcK] Skip McKinley. Fairy Tales. Skip McKinley (flute).
~20132#1
[BHughes] Brian Hughes. The Beat of the Breath. Brian Hughes (whistle). For this tune: (A whistle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Comb Your Hair and Curl It
Ch 1
Promenade
Lu 1
Foxhunter's Jig
RedW
Played beforeOn Albums
Tommy Hunt's Jig
CmA 1
Bunch of Keys
RedW
Rocky Road to Dublin
SMcK
Top It Off
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 #1134 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #423 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #12 in volume 2 of [LPTW] Eithne Vallely. Learn to Play the Tin Whistle. [available]
On page 81 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #33 in [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
As tune #89 in [DM 2] Dave Mallinson. 100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes. [available]
In [FMH] Tom Hastings. The Feis Musicians Handbook [sic].
On page 218 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As slipjig #2 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): 1903