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Tune ID#210 (Boys of the Lough)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Boys of the Lough about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MC (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Boys of the Lough, The / Boys of the Lough / The Boys at the Lough / Buachaillí na Locha / Stócaigh an Locha / The Rose of Castletown / Johnstown Reel (1st in set The Boys of the Lough a.k.a. The Boys at the Lough on MC; 1st in set Miss Hogan's Reel on JMcK; mislabeled as Tom Clark's Fancy on MER; 1st in set Roscommon Elephant on MHyDLd 1; 1st in set Pluckin Mad on ACrby 2) (compare Master McDermott's #1233)
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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).
~191933#1
[PT] Patsy Touhey. The Piping of Patsy Touhey. Patsy Touhey (pipes).
19221.3#1
[MC] Michael Coleman. Michael Coleman 1891-1945. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
192610#1
[FBros] The Flanagan Brothers. The Tunes We Like to Play on Paddy's Day. Joe Flanagan (accordion), Louis Flanagan (guitar, banjo), Mike Flanagan (banjo, vocals, mandolin).
~192720#1
[MER] The Music of Ed Reavy. Ed Reavy (fiddle).
192822#1
192812#1
[BFair] Ballinasloe Fair. Early Recordings of Irish Music in America. Neil Nolan (banjo), Dan Sullivan (piano).
19291.19#2
[JMcK] John McKenna. The Music and Life of John McKenna. 'The Buck from the Mountain'. John McKenna (flute, whistle, lilting, vocals). For this tune: James Morrison (whistle).
~195816#1
[TDMI] Traditional Dance Music of Ireland. The Jimmy Hogan Trio.
19671.1#2
~197120#1
19731#4 (6:37)
[JC] Joe Cooley. Cooley. Joe Cooley (accordion).
~19743#1
[ItS] In the Smoke. Noel Pepper (harmonica), Paddy Moran (flute).
~19761#1
[MM 1] Matt Molloy. Matt Molloy. Matt Molloy (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
~19761#1
[ST KCF] Séamus Tansey. King of the Concert Flute. Remastered. Séamus Tansey (flute).
~19772#2
19947#3
[MvC 1] Moving Cloud. Moving Cloud. Paul Brock (accordion), Maeve Donnelly (fiddle, viola), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Kevin Crawford (flute and percussion), Carl Hession (piano). For this tune: 1st time Paul (melodeon).
19941.10#3
[GL20] Green Linnet Records. The Twentieth Anniversary Collection. 1st time Paul Brock (melodeon), then Moving Cloud.
~19965#2
[JBrosnan] John Brosnan. The Cook in the Kitchen. John Brosnan (accordion). For this tune: (melodeon).
~199714#1
[PCny] Paddy Canny. Traditional Music from the Legendary East Clare Fiddler. Paddy Canny (fiddle).
~19994#1
20007#1
[MnMcG] Manus McGuire. Saffron and Blue. Manus McGuire (fiddle).
~20002#1
[CLnn 1] Charlie Lennon. Time for a Tune. Charlie Lennon (fiddle, piano, drum).
20021#3
[EGrs 1] Eliot Grasso. Standing Room Only. Eliot Grasso (pipes).
20039#1
[MHyDLd 1] Michael Hynes and Denis Liddy. Waifs and Strays. Michael Hynes (flute), Denis Liddy (fiddle). For this tune: Michael (whistle).
~20062#1
[JasCt] James Carty. Upon My Soul. James Carty (flute). For this tune: (D flute).
~200611#1
[HB 3] Harry Bradley. The Night-Rambler's Companion. Harry Bradley (flute, whistle).
~20075#2
[TAM] Joe Burke, Brian Conway and Felix Dolan. A Tribute to Andy McGann. Joe Burke (accordion), Brian Conway (fiddle), Felix Dolan (piano). For this tune: Brian (fiddle).
~20075#1
[KB ABR] Kevin Burke and Cal Scott. Across the Black River. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Cal Scott (guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, mountain dulcimer).
~20101#1
[CYHCIt] Catherine McEvoy, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. Comb Your Hair and Curl It. Catherine McEvoy (flute), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle), Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
~20145#1
[ACrby 2] Angelina Carberry. Pluckin' Mad. Angelina Carberry (banjo, tenor guitar).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
William Durette's Clog
MvC 1, GL20
Boy in the Gap
JMcK
Larry O'Gaff
JC
Pigeon on the Gate
ECst
Paddy Fahy's Reel
SRyan C
Miss Thornton's
JBrosnan
Sandmount
EGrs 1
Flogging Reel
TAM
Played beforeOn Albums
Devils of Dublin
MC, SRyan C, ST KCF, MtRd, CLnn 1, JasCt, CYHCIt
Kerry Reel
MER, MG
Teetotaller
BFair
Shaskeen
FBros
Boys of Ballisodare
JMcK
Skylark
TDMI
Miss Monaghan
JC
Tarbolton
MM 1
Trip to Durrow
ItS
Blackthorn Stick
PCny
Longford Tinker
MHyDLd 1
Sonny Brogan's
HB 3
Miss Patterson's Slipper
KB ABR
Blind Fiddlers
ACrby 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 53 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #139 in volume 1 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #37 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." [available]
As tune #159 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
On page 54 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
On page 12 of [SK] Sean Keane. Fifty Fiddle Solos. [available]
As tune #20 in [DM 3] Dave Mallinson. 100 Evergreen Irish Session Tunes. [available]
As reel #24 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
On page 17 of [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
In [LM] L[arry]. E. McCullough. ? [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): 1919