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Tune ID#3745 (Johnny Box)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Johnny Box about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Beg 1 (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):
Johnny Box / O'Connor's / O'Connor's Polka / The Hayden Fancy / Hayden's Fancy / Mary Ann (1st in set The Cuas Polkas on Beg 1; for 2nd figure of The West Kerry Set on JRSLCB 2) (also in G, also reversed parts)
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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).
~1980B.1#2
[Boys 8] Boys of the Lough. Regrouped. Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathal McConnell (flute, whistle, vocals), Dave Richardson (concertina, mandolin, cittern), Tich Richardson (guitar).
~19801.7#2
[Boys 15] Boys of the Lough. The Session. Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathal McConnell (flute, whistle), Dave Richardson (concertina, mandolin, cittern), Tich Richardson (guitar, acoustic bass guitar).
19977#1
[Beg 1] Beginish. Beginish. Paul McGrattan (flute), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle), Brendan Begley (accordion, vocals), Noel O'Grady (bouzouki).
~199814#1
[JRSLCB 2] Johnny Reidy and the Sliabh Luachra Ceili Band. Music for Set Dancing Vol. II. Johnny Reidy (accordion).
200220#3
[LAC] Tom and Kerry Barrett. Lios A'Cheoil. Traditional Irish Music. Tom Barrett (fiddle), Kerry Barrett (fiddle).
~20127#1
[MORDOM] Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh and Danny O' Mahony. As It Happened. Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina), Danny O' Mahony (accordion).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
I'll Buy Boots for Maggie
Boys 8, Boys 15
There's No Place Like Home
LAC
Played beforeOn Albums
Cuas Polka
Beg 1
Ballydesmond Polka
JRSLCB 2
Brown's Kitchen
MORDOM

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.
On page 132 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As polka #81 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
As tune #36 in [IBPS] Pat Conway. Ireland's Best Polkas and Slides. [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): 1977