Irish Traditional Music Tune Index
Tune ID#2129 (Boys of the Town)
about these two bars
Basic musical information on this tune.
|Rhythm ?||Bars||8-bar phrase structure||Mode ?|
|Double jig||32||AABB||G Major
given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Boys of the Town, The / Buachaillí an Bhaile
/ Down the Back Lane (as Gan ainm on CGJS 1) (compare 2nd part with 2nd part of #211
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.
to hear the first 12 seconds.
|[Album code] Artist. Title. Performers (instruments).
[GL20] Green Linnet Records. The Twentieth Anniversary Collection. Joe Ryan (fiddle) / Eddie Clarke (harmonica).
[BMu 2] Brendan Mulvihill, Donna Long. The Morning Dew. Brendan Mulvihill (fiddle), Donna Long (piano).
[FMD 1] The Fiddle Music of Donegal. Volume One. Proinnsias Ó Maonaigh (fiddle).
[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).
[LaL] Lámh ar Lámh. Many Hands. various.
[KHys 1] Kitty Hayes. A Touch of Clare. Kitty Hayes (concertina).
[Fns] Feenish. Rabharta. P.J. Hernon (accordion), Marcus Hernon (flute, whistle), Don Stiffe (vocals, guitar, whistle).
[PS 8] Patrick Street. Street Life. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Jackie Daly (accordion), Ged Foley (guitar, vocals), Andy Irvine (bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, vocals). For this tune: 1st time Jackie Daly (accordion).
[SQGH] Séamus Quinn and Gary Hastings. Slán le Loch Eirne. Stories to Tell. Séamus Quinn (fiddle, melodeon, viola, piano), Gary Hastings (flute).
[WFO 2] Wooden Flute Obsession 2. Mick Loftus (flute).
[CDrny 4] Chris Droney. Down from Bell Harbour. Chris Droney (concertina).
[CGJS 1] Colm Gannon, Jesse Smith and John Blake. The Ewe with the Crooked Horn. Colm Gannon (accordion, melodeon), Jesse Smith (fiddle), John Blake (flute, guitar, piano).
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 #118 in volume 1 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. |
|On page 229 of [NF] Allen Feldman. The Northern Fiddler. |
|On page 13 of [TP] Tommy Peoples. Fifty Irish Fiddle Tunes. |
|As jig #23 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music. |
|As tune #49 in [DM 2] Dave Mallinson. 100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes. |
|As jig #161 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. |
|On page 15 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. |
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): 1927