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Tune ID#211 (Boys of the Town)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Boys of the Town about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording CC (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Boys of the Town, The / Boys of the Town / Buachaillí an Bhaile / The Milltown Jig / The Miltown Jig / Milltown Jig (compare St. Patrick's Day #1821 and compare 2nd part with 2nd part of #2129)
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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).
193818#3
[ITWWW] "If There Weren't Any Women in the World". Colmcille Ceilidhe Band: possibly Frank O'Higgins (fiddle), possibly Sean O'Sullivan (fiddle), unknown others.
19749#3
[CC] Bernard O'Sullivan and Tommy McMahon. Clare Concertinas. Bernard O'Sullivan (concertina), Tommy McMahon (concertina) except where solos noted. For this tune: Tommy.
197616#1
[JsMcD] Josie McDermott. Darby's Farewell. Josie McDermott (flute, whistle, vocals). For this tune: (flute).
1978A.5#2
[ECahill] Eddie Cahill. Ah! Surely. Eddie Cahill (flute).
~19843#3
[KB UC] Kevin Burke. Up Close. Kevin Burke (fiddle). For this tune: with Murphy family (harmonicas).
~19872#1
[MM 3] Matt Molloy. Stony Steps. Matt Molloy (flute).
~19939#1
[CKeane 1] Conor Keane. Cooley's House. Conor Keane (accordion).
~199614#1
[DH 1] Dan Herlihy and Friends. The Night of the Fair. Traditional Irish Music from Sliabh Luachra. Dan Herlihy (accordion). For this tune: with Denis O'Connor (banjo).
20001.12#2
[LaL] Lámh ar Lámh. Many Hands. young musicians of Ashbourne CCE.
~20022.7#1
[WFO 1] Wooden Flute Obsession. Mark Roberts (flute).
~201116#1
[PO 4] Paddy O'Brien. Mixing the Punch. Paddy O'Brien (accordion).
~201310#1
[HB 4] Harry Bradley. The First of May. Harry Bradley (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute), with James Carty (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Willy Walsh's
ITWWW
Paddy Clancy's
CC
Jim Conroy's Jig
ECahill
Sweet Biddy Daly
KB UC
An Seanduine Dóite
LaL
Played beforeOn Albums
Humours of Lisheen
JsMcD
Jackson's Jig
MM 3
Kilfenora Jig
CKeane 1
Boys of the Town
DH 1
Boys of Tandragee
WFO 1
Cailleach an Airgid
PO 4
Champion
HB 4

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 #825 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #89 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 29 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 97 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 126 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
On page 164 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As jig #13 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