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Tune ID#2558 (Return of Spring)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Return of Spring about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording RtHaMtD (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Polka48AABBCCG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Return of Spring, The / Julia Clifford's / Decca Polka / The Decca Polka / The Mountain Path / Mountain Path (1st in set Three Fermanagh Polkas on LFinger; 1st in set Dhá Ghabhairín Bhuí on BgCn; 2nd in set Morrison's Polkas / Morrison Polkas on WyndTrn) (also in A or D, also with 1st part as a doubled 16-bar 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).
192627#1
[RtHaMtD] Round the House and Mind the Dresser. James Morrison (fiddle).
193723#1
~19916#1
[LFinger] Joe McHugh and Barry Carroll. The Long Finger. An Mhéar Fhada. Joe McHugh (pipes, whistle, keyboard, bouzouki), Barry Carroll (hammered dulcimer, keyboard).
~199212#1
[BgCn] Séamus Begley and Stephen Cooney. Meitheal. Séamus Begley (accordion, vocals), Stephen Cooney (guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion, ditjeridú).
~199715#1
[WyndTrn] Dan Healy and Ciaran O'Raghallaigh. The Wyndy Turn. Dan Healy (flute), Ciaran O Raghallaigh (fiddle).
~20061.16#1
[WFO 3] Wooden Flute Obsession 3. Nicholas McAuliffe (flute), Anne McAuliffe (flute).
~200711#1
[PS 9] Patrick Street. On the Fly. Kevin Burke (fiddle), John Carty (fiddle, flute, banjo), Ged Foley (guitar, vocals), Andy Irvine (mandolin, mandola, bouzouki, harmonica, vocals). For this tune: with Jackie Daly (accordion).
~200812#1
[Snchrd] Dermy Diamond, Tara Diamond, Dáithí Sproule. Seanchairde. Old Friends. Dermy Diamond (fiddle), Tara Diamond aka Tara Bingham (flute), Dáithí Sproule (guitar).
20156#1
[LKPD] Liam Kelly and Philip Duffy. Sets in Stone. Liam Kelly (flute), Philip Duffy (fiddle).
20158#1
[BBow 4] Buttons and Bows. The Return of Spring. Jackie Daly (accordion), Séamus McGuire (fiddle, viola), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Garry O'Briain (guitar, mandocello, piano).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played beforeOn Albums
Mountain Pathway
RtHaMtD, WyndTrn, WFO 3, PS 9, Snchrd, BBow 4
Buffalo Gals
OTUS2
I Have a Bonnet Trimmed with Blue
LFinger
Tá Dhá Ghabhairín Buí Agam
BgCn
Tripping on the Mountain
LKPD

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 polka #68 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [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): 1926