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Tune ID#3117 (Many a Wild Night)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Many a Wild Night about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JBrosnan (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):
Many a Wild Night / Is Iomaí Oíche Ragairne / Pa Keane's / Take Her Away down to the Quay / Maggie Scollard's Polka / Maggie Scollard's (4th in Freedom for Ireland Polka Set on KR; for 5th figure of dance Off to Skelligs in book R; for dance The Waves of Torey in both books MM and R; also with 2 more parts) (also in G or A)
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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).
~195716#4 (1:48)
[KR] Kevin Rowsome. The Rowsome Tradition. Kevin Rowsome (pipes). For this tune: Leo, Leon, and Liam Rowsome (pipes).
~19951#1
[JDa 2] Jackie Daly. Domhnach Is Dálach. Many's a Wild Night. Jackie Daly (accordion).
~199611#1
[JBrosnan] John Brosnan. The Cook in the Kitchen. John Brosnan (accordion). For this tune: with Tim Kerins (fiddle), Jer Collins (fiddle), Willie O'Connell (fiddle), Joe O'Sullivan (flute), Denis O'Connor (banjo).
~199913#1
[SN 2] Sliabh Notes. Gleanntán. Dónal Murphy (accordion), Tommy O'Sullivan (guitar, vocals), Matt Cranitch (fiddle).
20031#1
[TBrwne] Tim Browne. Mutiny in the County. Tim Browne (fiddle, vocals, bouzouki). For this tune: Tim (fiddle), Dan Curtin (fiddle), Timmy Connors (melodeon).
~20137#3
[BHughes] Brian Hughes. The Beat of the Breath. Brian Hughes (whistle).
20145#3
[LLses 5] The London Lasses and Chris O'Malley. The One I Loved the Best. Karen Ryan (fiddle, mandola, banjo, whistle), Elaine Conwell (fiddle), Elma McElligott (flute, whistle, saxophone, backing vocal), Brogan McAuliffe (concertina), Brona McVittie (vocal, harp), Chris O'Malley (piano, guitar).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
[untitled]
KR
Toormore #1
BHughes
Where Is the Cat?
LLses 5
Played beforeOn Albums
All Along the River Bank
JDa 2
Knocknagoshel
JBrosnan
White Cockade
KR
Derrygallen Bridge
SN 2
I'll Tell Me Ma
TBrwne

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 #296#5 in volume 2 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #136#2 in volume 3 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #205 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As misc #28#1 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 48 of [SLoP] Paul Deloughery. Sliabh Luachra on Parade. [available]
On page 52 of [SLoP] Paul Deloughery. Sliabh Luachra on Parade. [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