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Tune ID#3382 (Billy O'Rourke Is the Boy)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Billy O'Rourke Is the Boy about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording RshMtn (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars4-bar phrase structureMode ?
Slide32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Billy O'Rourke Is the Boy / Billy O'Rourke's the Buachaill / Behind the Bush in the Garden / Behind the Bush Bush in the Garten [sic] / Beidh Ríl Againn / Ta Mo Mhadra / An Bóthar ó thuaidh go dtí Árainn / Fair of Windgap / Aonach Bearna na nGaoithe / Roudlum Randy / The Old Stage / Day I Married Susan / The Night I Married Susie / Paddy's Experience / Saint Patrick Was a Gentleman / The North Road to Tralee / Poor Nancy Died / De Domhnai (2nd in set Just Like Home on FBros; 3rd in set Tá mo Mhadra a.k.a. Tá Mo Madra on BgCn, which includes sung text; for 6th figure of dance Orange and Green in book R) (also singled, also only 1st part doubled, also in A or G) (compare 1st part with 1st part of Biddy from Sligo #2561)
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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).
~193311#2 (0:55)
[FBros] The Flanagan Brothers. The Tunes We Like to Play on Paddy's Day. Joe Flanagan (accordion), Louis Flanagan (guitar, banjo), Mike Flanagan (banjo, vocals, mandolin).
19752.2#1
[MR 10] Micho Russell. Rarities and Old Favorites 1949-1993. Micho Russell (whistle, flute, vocals). For this tune: (lilting).
19762.11#2
[HmrLshn] John and Julia Clifford. The Humours of Lisheen. Music from Sliabh Luachra Vol. 3. John Clifford (piano accordion), Julia Clifford (fiddle). For this tune: with Maurice O'Keefe (fiddle).
197629#2
[RshMtn] The Rushy Mountain. John Clifford (piano accordion), Julia Clifford (fiddle), Maurice O'Keefe (fiddle).
~199211#3
[BgCn] Séamus Begley and Stephen Cooney. Meitheal. Séamus Begley (accordion, vocals), Stephen Cooney (guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion, ditjeridú).
19978#3
[OAces] O'Aces. Ón Oíche go Maidin. Martin Dowling (fiddle), Davy Maguire (flute), Jason O'Rourke (concertina), Kevin Dorris (bouzouki), Paul McSherry (guitar).
19974#3
[PS 6] Patrick Street. Made in Cork. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Jackie Daly (accordion), Andy Irvine (mandolin, bouzouki, harmonica, vocals), Ged Foley (guitar, backing vocals).
200018#7 (6:00)
[ACB 1] The Abbey Céilí Band. Bruach an tSuláin. Ger Murphy (accordion), Andrew O'Connell (fiddle), Liam Forde (banjo), Micheál Creedon (bass, keyboards).
~201311#1
[DPower 3] David Power. The Eighteen Moloney. David Power (B pipes).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Scartaglen Polka
HmrLshn, RshMtn
Denis O'Keeffe's
OAces, ACB 1
Just Like Home
FBros
Tá Mo Mhadra
BgCn
Bogman
PS 6
Played beforeOn Albums
Scattery Island
HmrLshn, RshMtn
Nelly Mahony's
OAces
Denis Murphy's
DPower 3

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 #987 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #297#6 in volume 2 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #65 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
On page 23 of [SLoP] Paul Deloughery. Sliabh Luachra on Parade. [available]
As sgjig #13 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
As tune #290 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): 1907