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Tune ID#2451 (Church Street Polka)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Church Street Polka about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording FidDel (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):
Church Street Polka, The / Memories of Ballymote (2nd in set The Church Street Polkas on JKn 4 and JKn 6) (compare 1st part with 1st part of Maguire's Favourite #2144)
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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).
193712#1
~196311#2
[Ch 1] The Chieftains. The Chieftains. Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina), Seán Potts (whistle), Martin Fay (fiddle), David Fallon (bodhrán).
19976#2
[JKn 4] James Keane. With Friends Like These. James Keane (accordion).
199811#2
[JKn 6] James Keane and Friends. Live in Dublin. James Keane (accordion). For this tune: with Sean Keane (fiddle), Mick O'Connor (flute).
~20081#1
[COG 2] Conal Ó Gráda. Cnoc Buí. Conal Ó Gráda (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
St. Mary's
Ch 1
Roosky
JKn 4
A Kiss behind the Door
JKn 6
Played beforeOn Albums
St. Mary's
FidDel, JKn 6
Garrett Barry's
Ch 1
Hugo's Polka
JKn 4
Happy Polka
COG 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 #69 in volume 2 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #321 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As tune #69 in [IBPS] Pat Conway. Ireland's Best Polkas and Slides. [available]
As polka #9 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