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Tune ID#2659 (Billy in the Lowground)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Billy in the Lowground about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording TP 4 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBC Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Billy in the Lowground / Billy in the Low Ground / Belles of St. Louis (1st in set Billy in the Low Ground on SGMM) (also in D) (compare 1st part with 1st part of Cronin's #6623) [This tune is not (yet?) part of the Irish tradition, but belongs rather to North American music.]
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cd Discography

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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[Album code] Artist. Title. Performers (instruments). Go to album
[TP 4] Tommy Peoples. The Iron Man. Tommy Peoples (fiddle).
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[GOC 3] Gerry O'Connor. No Place Like Home. Gerry O'Connor (banjo, fiddle, viola). For this tune: (banjo).
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[SGMM] Shannon, Gavin, McGoldrick and Murray. Tunes. Sharon Shannon (accordion), Frankie Gavin (fiddle), Michael McGoldrick (flute, whistle), Jim Murray (guitar).
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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 42 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
On page 43 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As reel #229 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [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): 1982