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Tune ID#2830 (Kerry Cow)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Kerry Cow about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MR 8 (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):
Kerry Cow, The / I Wish I Had a Kerry Cow / An Bhó Chiarraíoch / Bó Chiarraí / Peata Beag do Mháthar / The Road to Galway / All the Way to Galway / The Cat in the Corner / Dá bhFaighinn Mo Rogha (also parts reversed) (compare as single jig and as reel included here as An Bealach ar fad go Gaillimh / All the Ways to Galway / All the Way to Galway / The March of the Tribes to Galway / The Galway Girls / Slash away the Pressing Gang / Sarsfield March / The Road to Lisdoonvarna; compare 2nd part with 2nd part of Road to Lisdoonvarna #1683)
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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).
196815#2
[RtHaMtD] Round the House and Mind the Dresser. Gene Kelly (accordion).
~198912#3
[SRn 1] Seán Ryan. Siúil Uait / Take the Air. Seán Ryan (whistle). For this tune: (Eb whistle).
199213#1
[MR 8] Micho Russell. Ireland's Whistling Ambassador. Micho Russell (whistle, vocals).
~19935#1
[JCnly 1] Johnny Connolly. An tOileán Aerach. Johnny Connolly (melodeon). For this tune: (C melodeon).
~199817#1
[BG 5] Bobby Gardiner. The Clare Shout. Bobby Gardiner (melodeon, lilting). For this tune: (lilting, vocals), with Ann Gardiner (lilting), Lynda Gardiner (lilting, vocals).
~20109#3
[MoMad] Brendan Begley and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. A Moment of Madness. Brendan Begley (accordion), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle, hardanger fiddle).
~20136#1
[JOBM 2] Jimmy O'Brien Moran. Take Me Tender.... Jimmy O'Brien Moran (B pipes).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
She Hasn't the Thing She Thought She Had
RtHaMtD
Ryan's
SRn 1
On Book Hill: Quail Dove
MoMad
Played beforeOn Albums
Lisdoonvarna Polka
MR 8
Captain Moonlight's Army
JCnly 1
Rose Tree
BG 5
Jenny Put the Kettle On
JOBM 2

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 #109 in volume 3 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #282 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As tune #116 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
On page 35 of [SLoP] Paul Deloughery. Sliabh Luachra on Parade. [available]
On page 46 of [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
As tune #342 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As tune #4 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): 1927