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Irish Traditional Music Tune Index
Tune ID#2687 (Ballyvournie Polka)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Ballyvournie 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 JDa 1 (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):
Ballyvournie Polka / The Ballyvourney / Ballyvourney / Ballyvourney Polka / Cuil Aodha / Cul Aodh Polka / Lackagh Cross / Ballinaderreen Polka (2nd in set Seamus Creagh's on NCrg 1)
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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).
19779#2
[JDa 1] Jackie Daly. Music from Sliabh Luachra. Jackie Daly (accordion, concertina).
~1981A.5#3
[SA] James Kelly, Paddy O'Brien, Daithi Sproule. Spring in the Air. James Kelly (fiddle), Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Daithi Sproule (guitar, vocals).
~198119#3
[KOS] James Kelly, Paddy O'Brien, Daithi Sproule. Traditional Music of Ireland. James Kelly (fiddle), Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Daithi Sproule (vocals, guitar).
19988#2
[PS 7] Patrick Street. Live from Patrick Street. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Jackie Daly (accordion), Andy Irvine (vocals, bouzouki, mandolin, hurdy-gurdy, harmonica), Ged Foley (guitar, fiddle). For this tune: 1st time Kevin (fiddle).
~19998#2
[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).
200712#1
[Aths 1] Áthas. Áthas. Heather Lewin-Tiarks (fiddle, viola, cello), Amy Richter (bodhrán, djembe, whistle), Jeff Ksiazek (guitar, whistle, flute). For this tune: Heather (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Jim Keefe's
JDa 1, NCrg 1
Green Cottage
SA, KOS
Weaver's Delight
PS 7
Played beforeOn Albums
Johnnie Mickey's
JDa 1, PS 7
Rambling Sailor
NCrg 1
Ray's Classic
Aths 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 #220 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As tune #47 in [IBPS] Pat Conway. Ireland's Best Polkas and Slides. [available]
On page 89 of [IFMCK] Drew Beisswenger. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. [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): 1977