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Tune ID#2136 (Blue Ribbon)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Blue Ribbon about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording ItS (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Polka32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Blue Ribbon, The / The Blue Ribbon Polka / The Blue Riband / Blue Riband Polka / An Ribín Gorm / Maurice O'Keefe's / Maurice O'Keefe's No. 1 (2nd in set Blue Ribbon Polkas on KoKerry) (also parts reversed, in which case this starts in G Major)
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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).
19761.6#1
[HmrLshn] John and Julia Clifford. The Humours of Lisheen. Music from Sliabh Luachra Vol. 3. John Clifford (piano accordion), Julia Clifford (fiddle).
~19771.1#2
[KoKerry] Jimmy Doyle & Dan O'Leary. Traditional Music from the Kingdom of Kerry. Jimmy Doyle (accordion), Dan O'Leary (fiddle).
~19772#1
[ItS] In the Smoke. John Clifford (accordion), Julia Clifford (fiddle).
199515#2
[JOL 3] Johnny O'Leary. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. Johnny O'Leary (accordion).
19975#1
[PS 6] Patrick Street. Made in Cork. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Jackie Daly (accordion), Andy Irvine (mandolin, bouzouki, harmonica, vocals), Ged Foley (guitar, backing vocals).
~20009#1
[JLavelle] John Lavelle. @Home Alone. John Lavelle (accordion).
~20008#1
[OMBFMO] Oisín Mac Diarmada, Brian Fitzgerald, Micheál Ó Ruanaigh. Traditional Music on Fiddle, Banjo and Harp. Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle), Brian Fitzgerald (banjo), Micheál Ó Ruanaigh (harp). For this tune: Oisín (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Tom Billy's
KoKerry
Bill the Weaver's
JOL 3
Played beforeOn Albums
Merry Girl
HmrLshn, ItS
Maurice O'Keefe's
PS 6, JLavelle
Roosky
OMBFMO

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 45 of [IFMCK] Drew Beisswenger. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. [available]
As 6 (Treoir) in [L] Alan's private loose music.
As tune #44 in [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [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): 1949