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Tune ID#3748 (Derrygallen Bridge)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Derrygallen Bridge about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JOL 3 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Polka32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Derrygallen Bridge / The Derrygallen Bridge / John Walsh's / Walsh's #1 / John Walsh's Polka / Walshe's Polka / John Walsh (1st in set John Walshe's Polkas on JOL 3; 1st in set The Newmarket Polkas on PS 3; 1st in set Andrew O'Connell's on ACB 1; 1st in set Sparrow Polkas on MMcAly 2) (also in A, also parts reversed) (composed by John Walsh)
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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).
~19905#1
[PS 3] Patrick Street. Irish Times. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Andy Irvine (vocals, harmonica, mandolin, bouzouki), Gerry O'Beirne (vocals, guitar), James Kelly (fiddle), Declan Masterson (pipes, whistle, keyboards), Jackie Daly (accordion), Arty McGlynn (guitar), Bill Whelan (keyboards).
19951#1
[JOL 3] Johnny O'Leary. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. Johnny O'Leary (accordion).
199811#1
[CBnds] The County Bounds. Connie O'Connell (fiddle), Denis McMahon (fiddle).
~199913#2
[SN 2] Sliabh Notes. Gleanntán. Dónal Murphy (accordion), Tommy O'Sullivan (guitar, vocals), Matt Cranitch (fiddle).
20008#1
[ACB 1] The Abbey Céilí Band. Bruach an tSuláin. Ger Murphy (accordion), Andrew O'Connell (fiddle), Liam Forde (banjo), Micheál Creedon (bass, keyboards).
20112#3
[JigUp] The Jig Is Up!. First Steps. Judd Heartsill (accordion, flute), Larry Mallette (flute, whistle), Diehl Moran (fiddle, banjo), Matthew Lewis (guitar, flute, whistle), Robert Shaddox (bodhrán, vocals).
~20168#1
[MMcAly 2] Mick McAuley. Highs and Bellows. Mick McAuley (accordion, vocals, guitar).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Many a Wild Night
SN 2
Knocknagoshel
JigUp
Played beforeOn Albums
Dan Mac's
PS 3
Brogeen
JOL 3
Pádraig O'Keeffe's
CBnds
Daly's Mill
SN 2
Sliabh Luachra
ACB 1
SparrowMMcAly 2

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 #260 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As polka #56 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
On page 239 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.

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): 1990