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Tune ID#2209 (Munster Bank)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Munster Bank about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BgCn (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Polka32AABBA Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Munster Bank, The / Munster Bank / Dan Sweeney's / The Rattling Boys of Paddysland / Mick Howard's Polka / Art O'Keeffe's Polka / Biddy Hurley / Johnny Leary's / Murphy's Polka / Carroll's / The Sod of Turf We Took to School (3rd in set Polkas on JReidy 3; 3rd in set The Strathnairn on BgCn; incomplete on JOL 3; for 6th figure of Mealagh Valley Jig Set on MISD 6; for 1st figure of Sliabh Luachra Set on JRSLCB 2) (also in G Major) (compare 1st part with 1st part of slide Whole Chicken in the Soup #2068)
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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).
~19811.1#3
[JReidy 3] Johnny Reidy. Full Polka Set. Ireland's Number One. Johnny Reidy (accordion).
~19862.7#1
[RtH] Round the House. Music for the Sets - Vol. 1. Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich (accordion), Gerry Bevan (fiddle).
199519#2
[JOL 3] Johnny O'Leary. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. Johnny O'Leary (accordion).
~19961#3
[BgCn] Séamus Begley and Stephen Cooney. Meitheal. Séamus Begley (accordion, vocals), Stephen Cooney (guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion, ditjeridú).
~19962.10#3
[MISD 6] Donncha Lynch Trio. The Magic of Irish Set Dancing. Vol. 6. Donncha Lynch (accordion), Aogán Lynch (concertina), Donncha Lynch Jr. (guitar).
~19981.7#2
[ESL 1] An Evening in Sliabh Luachra. Volume One. A Collection of Traditional Music and Song from the Sliabh Luachra Area. Denis Doody (accordion), Donal O'Connor (fiddle), Batt O'Connor (guitar).
~19981#3
[JRSLCB 2] Johnny Reidy and the Sliabh Luachra Ceili Band. Music for Set Dancing Vol. II. Johnny Reidy (accordion).
20007#2
[ACB 1] The Abbey Céilí Band. Bruach an tSuláin. Ger Murphy (accordion), Andrew O'Connell (fiddle), Liam Forde (banjo), Micheál Creedon (bass, keyboards).

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In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Strathnairn
MISD 6, BgCn
Kenmare Polka
JReidy 3
Tom Billy's
JOL 3
Pádraig O'Keeffe's
JRSLCB 2
Glen Cottage Polka
ESL 1
Matt Teehan's Polka
ACB 1

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 #125 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As tune #127 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As tune #48 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
On page 49 of [SLoP] Paul Deloughery. Sliabh Luachra on Parade. [available]
On page 54 of [SLoP] Paul Deloughery. Sliabh Luachra on Parade. [available]
On page 56 of [SLoP] Paul Deloughery. Sliabh Luachra on Parade. [available]
On page 68 of [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
As polka #89 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
As tune #11 in [IBPS] Pat Conway. Ireland's Best Polkas and Slides. [available]
As tune #71 in [IBPS] Pat Conway. Ireland's Best Polkas and Slides. [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): 1967