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Tune ID#3069 (Liffey Banks)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Liffey Banks about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording KCB 3 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel24AABG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Liffey Banks, The / Liffey Banks / Liffy Banks / Bruacha na Life / Colleen Bawn / The Colleen Bawn / The First of August (2nd in set Tory Island Reel on WmMully; 1st in set Dinny O'Brien's Reels on KCB 3; 1st in set Ml. Colemans Reels on WyndTrn) (also 2nd part doubled)
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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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[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
[WmMully] William Mullaly. The Westmeath Hunt. William Mullaly (concertina).
[OTUS2] Oldtime Records. Vol. 2. U.S. Recordings. Traditional Irish Recordings from 1923 to 1947. Paddy Killoran (fiddle), Paddy Sweeney (fiddle), unknown (accordion, saxophone, banjo).
[MC 2] Michael Coleman. The Enduring Magic. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
[BC 3] Bobby Casey. The Spirit of West Clare. Bobby Casey (fiddle, whistle).
[TPtts] Tommy Potts. The Liffey Banks. Tommy Potts (fiddle).
[KCB 3] [The Kilfenora Ceili Band]. [The Kilfenora Céilí Band].
[WyndTrn] Dan Healy and Ciaran O'Raghallaigh. The Wyndy Turn. Dan Healy (flute), Ciaran O Raghallaigh (fiddle).
[MtRd] The Mountain Road. A Compilation of Tunes Popular in South Sligo. Harry McGowan (flute), Mick Loftus (flute).
[MMR 3] Mike and Mary Rafferty. The Road from Ballinakill. Mike Rafferty (flute, whistle, lilting), Mary Rafferty (accordion, flute, whistle, concertina). For this tune: Mike (flute), Mary (accordion).
[MnMcG] Manus McGuire. Saffron and Blue. Manus McGuire (fiddle).
[BCw 1] Brian Conway. First through the Gate. Brian Conway (fiddle).
[Tda 1] Téada. Téada. Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle, vocals, whistle, piano), John Blake (flute, whistle, guitar, piano), Seán McElwain (banjo, bouzouki, vocals), Tristan Rosenstock (bodhrán, vocals).
[PHGH 2] Peter Horan and Gerry Harrington. The Merry Love to Play. Peter Horan (flute), Gerry Harrington (fiddle).
[DdBzz] Mick O'Brien and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. Deadly Buzz. Aoibhinn Crónán. Mick O'Brien (pipes, whistle, flute), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (hardanger fiddle, fiddle, whistle). For this tune: (Bb whistle), (Bb whistle).
[RBPOL 3] Ronan Browne and Peter O'Loughlin. The Legacy. Ronan Browne (pipes, flute), Peter O'Loughlin (fiddle, flute).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
O'Reilly's Greyhound
Morning Dew
Flax in Bloom
Torn Jacket
Fox on the Prowl
Tap Room
Sunny Banks
Played beforeOn Albums
MC 2, BC 3, ST BST, WyndTrn, MtRd, PHGH 2
Dinny O'Brien's
Lucy Campbell
Concert Reel
BCw 1
House on the Hill
Tda 1


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 #82 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
As tune #23 in volume 2 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.

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