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Tune ID#2420 (Londonderry Love Song)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Londonderry Love Song about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BG 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Type ?Bars16-bar phrase structureMode ?
Song64AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Londonderry Love Song / Derry Air / Danny Boy / Drimoleague Fair / Maidin i mBéara (also in F, also as waltz) (for more information see, for example, http://www.standingstones.com/dannyboy.html and http://pages.britishlibrary.net/londonderryair/) (this air is also used for the song Anthem for Ireland #3413)
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Discography cd

Here are all recordings of this song – considering only the indexed recordings.

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Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
~19624#2
[BG 1] Bobby Gardiner. Memories of Clare. Bobby Gardiner (accordion).
~198411#1
[MCrtch] Matt Cranitch. Éistigh Seal. Matt Cranitch (fiddle).
19868#1
[Ch JG] James Galway and the Chieftains. In Ireland. James Galway (flute, whistle), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Seán Keane (fiddle), Martin Fay (fiddle, bones), Matt Molloy (flute, whistle), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán), Derek Bell (harp, tiompán, harpsichord). For this tune: James Galway (flute).
~199515#1
[DD HR] De Dannan. Hibernian Rhapsody. Frankie Gavin (fiddle, flute), Alec Finn (bouzouki, guitar), Colm Murphy (bodhrán), Derek Hickey (accordion), Tommy Flemming (vocals).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played beforeOn Albums
Girl from Donegal
BG 1

Bibliography

Here are transcriptions of this song – considering only the indexed books, listed in chronological order.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #188 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #316 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #30 in volume 1 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
On page 26 of [L] Alan's private loose 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): 1903