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Tune ID#2515 (Johnny O'Leary's)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Johnny O'Leary's about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording SCAC (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBA Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Johnny O'Leary's / Johnny Leary's / Éireann go Brách / Hennigan's / Hennigan's Favourite (1st in set Johnny Leary's on NCrg 1; 3rd in set Mazurka & Jigs on ECoy 1; 3rd in set Night at the Fair on SBTE) (compare esp. 1st part of Hennigan's Favourite included here)
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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).
19974#3
[Beg 1] Beginish. Beginish. Paul McGrattan (flute), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle), Brendan Begley (accordion, vocals), Noel O'Grady (bouzouki).
19979#2
[SCAC] Séamus Creagh, Aidan Coffey. Séamus Creagh, Aidan Coffey. Séamus Creagh (fiddle), Aidan Coffey (accordion).
19994#2
[Dnu 2] Danú. Think before You Think. Tom Doorley (flute, whistle), Eamon Doorley (bouzouki, mandola), Brendan McCarthy (accordion), Jesse Smith (fiddle, viola), Noel Ryan (guitar), Donnchadh Gough (bodhrán, pipes), Ciarán Ó Gealbháin (vocals).
~199911#1
[NCrg 1] North Cregg. . . . And They Danced All Night. Christy Leahy (accordion), Caoimhin Vallely (fiddle, keyboards), Ciarán Coughlan (piano, keyboards), John Neville (vocals, guitar), Martin Leahy (snare drum, percussion).
~20023#3
[ECoy 1] Éamonn Coyne. Through the Round Window. Éamonn Coyne (banjo, guitar, mandolin). For this tune: (banjo), with Dermot Byrne (melodeon).
~20104#3
[SBTE] Seamus Begley and Tim Edey. Disgrace Notes. Seamus Begley (accordion, vocals), Tim Edey (guitar, bass, vocals, piano, keyboard).

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In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
House in the Glen
Beg 1
Humours of Drinagh
SCAC
Paddy Rainey's Jig
Dnu 2
James Byrne's
ECoy 1
Cat in the Corner
SBTE
Played beforeOn Albums
An Seanduine Dóite
SCAC
Winnie Hayes's Jig
Dnu 2
Cat in the Corner
NCrg 1
An Ghaoth Aniar Aneas
ECoy 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 #2 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As tune #42 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As tune #181 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [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): 1970