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Tune ID#2208 (Tripping to the Well)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Tripping to the Well about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JMcK (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Polka32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Tripping to the Well / Ag Truipéireacht go dtí an Tobar / John McKenna's / John McKennas / Killoran's / Killoran's Polka / Polca Mhic Giolla Luairinn (1st in set Mrs Devlin's Polkas on DBDL; 2nd in set Jamaica Jam on SSm; 3rd in set Dul dtí's na Raiseanna a.k.a. Dul dtí's na Ráiseanna on BgCn; 1st in set Newmarket Polkas on 4MD 2; 2nd in set The No-Name Polka Set! on BCB 2) (also in A, also as single reel) (the setting included here in book SLoP has a completely different 2nd part)
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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).
19371.16#1
[JMcK] John McKenna. The Music and Life of John McKenna. 'The Buck from the Mountain'. John McKenna (flute, whistle, lilting, vocals). For this tune: (flute), with Eddie Meehan (flute).
~198914#1
[DBDL] Ben Lennon, Séamus Quinn, Gabriel McArdle, Ciarán Curran. Dog Big and Dog Little. Ben Lennon (fiddle), Séamus Quinn (fiddle, accordion, piano), Gabriel McArdle (concertina, song), Ciarán Curran (cittern).
~19936#1
[4MD 2] Four Men and a Dog. Shifting Gravel. Cathal Hayden (fiddle, banjo), Gino Lupari (percussion, vocals), Kevin Doherty (guitar, vocals), Arty McGlynn (guitar), Conor Keane (accordion), Gerry O'Connor (banjo, fiddle).
~19931#2
[SSm] Seán Smyth. The Blue Fiddle. Seán Smyth (fiddle, whistle, vocals).
~19966#3
[BgCn] Séamus Begley and Stephen Cooney. Meitheal. Séamus Begley (accordion, vocals), Stephen Cooney (guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion, ditjeridú).
~19996#2
[BCB 2] The Bridge Céilí Band. Sparks on Flags. Tom Ahearne (fiddle), Robert Gleeson (fiddle), Karen Gavigan (fiddle), Carthage Daly (fiddle), Catherine McHugh (fiddle), James Kinsella (accordion), Fionnuala Gleeson (flute), Eugene Nolan (flute), Pat O'Meara (piano, synthesizer), Liam McCormack (drums, bodhrán).
20022#1
[DLB] Donncha Lynch Band. Timmy 'the Brit' McCarthy's Set Dances of Cork and Kerry. Donncha Lynch (accordion), Aogan Lynch (concertina), Ronan Lynch (fiddle), Donncha Lynch, Jr. (guitar).
200617#1
[MMrch 2] Marcas Ó Murchú. Turas Ceoil. Marcas Ó Murchú (flute, whistle). For this tune: supposedly on (F flute), with Brónagh Graham (banjo).
~200812#3
[TDeM] Tony DeMarco. The Sligo Indians. Tony DeMarco (fiddle).
20114#3
[LTC 1] Long Time Courting. Alternate Routes. Ariel Friedman (cello, vocals), Liz Simmon (guitar, vocals), Shannon Heaton (flute, whistle, vocals), Sarah Blair (fiddle, vocals).
~20147#1
[NnNCsd] Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha. Draoícht na Feadóige. Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha (flute, whistle). For this tune: (Eb flute).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Jamaica Jam
SSm
Dul dtí's na Ráiseanna
BgCn
Little Diamond
BCB 2
Galway Belle
TDeM
Anascaul Polka
LTC 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Merry Girl
JMcK, NnNCsd
Buffalo Gals
DBDL
Newmarket
SSm
Newmarket
4MD 2
Ray's Classic
BCB 2
A Kiss behind the Door
MMrch 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.
As tune #67 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
On page 58 of [SLoP] Paul Deloughery. Sliabh Luachra on Parade. [available]
As polka #107 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
As polka #72 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
As tune #38 in [IBPS] Pat Conway. Ireland's Best Polkas and Slides. [available]
As tune #89 in [IBPS] Pat Conway. Ireland's Best Polkas and Slides. [available]
As polka #45 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): 1937