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Tune ID#3142 (Rambling Sailor)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Rambling Sailor 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 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Polka32AABBA Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Rambling Sailor, The / An Mairnéalach ar Fán / The Shady Road to Clamper / Jack Connell's (3rd in set Seamus Creagh's on NCrg 1; 3rd in set West Kerry Polkas on ACB 1) (also in G, also with parts reversed) (compare 1st part with 1st part of Pa Paddy O'Connor's #3804)
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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).
~199512#3
[JDa 2] Jackie Daly. Domhnach Is Dálach. Many's a Wild Night. Jackie Daly (accordion).
~19963#1
[DH 1] Dan Herlihy and Friends. The Night of the Fair. Traditional Irish Music from Sliabh Luachra. Dan Herlihy (accordion).
19984#3
[CBnds] The County Bounds. Jackie Daly (accordion tuned in G), Máire O'Keeffe (fiddle).
~19998#3
[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).
20009#3
[ACB 1] The Abbey Céilí Band. Bruach an tSuláin. Ger Murphy (accordion), Andrew O'Connell (fiddle), Liam Forde (banjo), Micheál Creedon (bass, keyboards).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Old One
JDa 2, CBnds
Ballyvournie Polka
NCrg 1
Where Lilies Bloom
ACB 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Pa Paddy O'Connor's
DH 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 #267 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [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): 1991