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Tune ID#2630 (Top of Maol)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Top of Maol about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording KF (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Polka32AABBA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Top of Maol, The / Top of the Maol / The Groves of Gneeveguilla / Groves of Gneeveguilla / Garráin Ghníomh go Leith / The Queen's Polka / Murphy's Delight / Johnny Murphy (2nd in set 3 Polkas on MMulv 2; 4th in set Raiteachas Mo Tairngreacht on ADB) (also in B or E) (2nd part same as 2nd part of setting of As I Went Out Upon the Ice #3822 on CSmth)
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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).
19521#1
[KF] Padraig O'Keefe, Denis Murphy, Julia Clifford. Kerry Fiddles. Padraig O'Keefe (fiddle), Denis Murphy (fiddle), Julia Clifford (fiddle). For this tune: O'Keeffe, Murphy, Clifford.
19521#1
[RshMtn] The Rushy Mountain. Pádraig O'Keeffe (fiddle), Denis Murphy (fiddle), Julia Clifford (fiddle).
197611#1
[Chi] Traditional Irish Music in America. Chicago. Terry Teahan (melodeon), Maida Sugrue (fiddle).
~19771.7#1
[KoKerry] Jimmy Doyle & Dan O'Leary. Traditional Music from the Kingdom of Kerry. Jimmy Doyle (accordion), Dan O'Leary (fiddle).
~19772.6#1
[NaF 5] Na Filí. Chanter's Tune. Unidentified on this reissue, but from the original: Tomás Ó Canainn (pipes, vocals), Tom Barry (whistles, flute), Matt Cranitch (fiddle). For this tune: 1st time Tomas (whistle).
~19862.6#2
[MMulv 2] Martin Mulvihill. The Humors of Glin. Martin Mulvihill (fiddle). For this tune: with Donie (flute).
19931.1#1
[SDI 3] Set Dances of Ireland. Volume III. Denis (fiddle), Paudy (flute), Timmy (melodeon).
~19968#4
[ADB] Mighty Session! Seamus Begley (accordion).
~20008#1
[DH 3] Dan Herlihy and John Drew. The Ballydesmond Polka. Traditional Irish Music from Sliabh Luachra Played By Dan Herlihy and John Drew. Dan Herlihy (accordion), John Drew (mandocello).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Jim Keeffe's
MMulv 2
Maebh's Polka
ADB
Played beforeOn Albums
Humours of Ballydesmond
KF, RshMtn, DH 3
Denis Murphy's Polka
KoKerry
Dan Coakley
NaF 5
Peg Ryan's
MMulv 2
As I Went Out upon the Ice
SDI 3

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 #119 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As tune #63 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
As tune #89 in [SIMB] Tony Sullivan. Sully's Irish Music Book. [available]
On page 53 of [SLoP] Paul Deloughery. Sliabh Luachra on Parade. [available]
On page 67 of [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
On page 70 of [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
As tune #90 in [IBPS] Pat Conway. Ireland's Best Polkas and Slides. [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): 1952