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Tune ID#2565 (Murphy's Polka)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Murphy's 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 OTPR (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Polka32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Murphy's Polka / The Last of June / Down to the Quay / Devlin's / Jenny Lind Polka / Heel and Toe Polka / Bonnie Polka (2nd in set Irish Polkas on OTPR; 1st in set Polkas on BFair) (also in G) (difference from Jenny Lind's #923 is that this 2nd part is in the same key as the 1st part; also compare #5995)
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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).
19229#2
[OTPR] Oldtime Records. Vol. 3. Piping Rarities. Tom Ennis (pipes), John Gerrity (fiddle).
192810#1
~19767#2
[RtHaMtD] Round the House and Mind the Dresser. Rose Murphy (fiddle).
~19961#2
[SN 1] Sliabh Notes. Sliabh Notes. Dónal Murphy (accordion), Matt Cranitch (fiddle), Tommy O'Sullivan (guitar, vocals).
~200010#2
[EOR] Eoin Ó Riabhaigh. Tiomnacht. Handed On. Eoin Ó Riabhaigh (pipes). For this tune: with Conal Ó Gráda (flute).
~200215#2
[SQGH] Séamus Quinn and Gary Hastings. Slán le Loch Eirne. Stories to Tell. Séamus Quinn (fiddle, melodeon, viola, piano), Gary Hastings (flute).
~200810#3
[COG 2] Conal Ó Gráda. Cnoc Buí. Conal Ó Gráda (flute).
~20103#2
[Tda 4] Téada. Ceol and Cuimhne. Music and Memory. Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle, piano), Paul Finn (accordion), Damien Stenson (flute), Seán McElwain (guitar, bouzouki), Tristan Rosenstock (bodhrán).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Tripping on the Mountain
OTPR
First of May
RtHaMtD
Terry 'Cuz' Teahan's Polka
SN 1
Brendan Begley's Polka
EOR
Heel and Toe
SQGH
Mick Duggan's Polka
COG 2
Poitín March
Tda 4
Played beforeOn Albums
Murty Rabbett's
BFair
Rose Tree
OTPR
O'Sullivan's Polka
SN 1
Offspring
EOR
Basket of Oysters
Tda 4

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.
On page 145 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [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): 1922