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Tune ID#3220 (Father O'Grady's Visit to Bocca)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Father O'Grady's Visit to Bocca about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JsMcD (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Father O'Grady's Visit to Bocca / Fr. O'Grady's Visit to Bocca / Father O'Grady's Visit to Bockagh / Father O'Grady's Trip to Bocca / McDermott's / Marcas O'Murchus (compare distantly 1st part with 1st part of Peg McGrath's #4505) (composed by Josie McDermott)
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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).
197617#1
[JsMcD] Josie McDermott. Darby's Farewell. Josie McDermott (flute, whistle, vocals). For this tune: (C whistle).
19881#2
[A HH] Altan. Horse with a Heart. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle, vocals), Frankie Kennedy (flute), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle), Ciaran Curran (bouzouki), Mark Kelly (guitar).
20008#2
[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 (flute).
~20005#1
[VCJL] Verena Commins and Julie Langan. Fonnchaoi. Verena Commins (accordion, piano), Julie Langan (fiddle). For this tune: Verena (Bb accordion).
~20032#3
[MMlvy] Mick Mulvey. Within a Mile o' Jamestown. Mick Mulvey (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
~20079#2
[ATrgs 1] Athena Tergis. A Letter Home. Athena Tergis (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Curlews
A HH
Ambrose Moloney's
MMR 3
Noisy Curlew
MMlvy
Johnny Going to Céilí
ATrgs 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Darby's Farewell to London
JsMcD, MMlvy
Three Scones of Boxty
A HH
Baltimore Salute
VCJL
Dublin Lads
ATrgs 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 reel #368 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
As reel #205 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #119 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [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): 1976