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Tune ID#3751 (Kenmare Polka)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Kenmare Polka 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 (2nd time through A part) (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):
Kenmare Polka, The / Kenmare / Muirisín Durcan's / The Gneevgullia / The Thrashing of the Oats (2nd in set Polkas on JReidy 3; 2nd in set The Glounthane Monument Polkas on DH 1; for 2nd figure of Sliabh Luachra Set on JRSLCB 2) (also with a 3rd part)
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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).
~19811.1#2
[JReidy 3] Johnny Reidy. Full Polka Set. Ireland's Number One. Johnny Reidy (accordion).
19954#1
[JOL 3] Johnny O'Leary. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. Johnny O'Leary (accordion).
~199611#2
[DH 1] Dan Herlihy and Friends. The Night of the Fair. Traditional Irish Music from Sliabh Luachra. Dan Herlihy (accordion). For this tune: with Tim Browne (bouzouki).
~19982#2
[JRSLCB 2] Johnny Reidy and the Sliabh Luachra Ceili Band. Music for Set Dancing Vol. II. Johnny Reidy (accordion).
200314#3
[TBrwne] Tim Browne. Mutiny in the County. Tim Browne (fiddle, vocals, bouzouki). For this tune: Tim (fiddle), Dan Curtin (fiddle), Timmy Connors (accordion).
~20091#2
[SBJM 2] Seamus Begley and Jim Murray. Éirí Go Lá. Seamus Begley (accordion, vocals), Jim Murray (guitar, electric bass, keyboards, backing vocals, accordion).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Johnnie Mickey's
JReidy 3
Dan Herlihy's
DH 1
Lakes of Sligo
JRSLCB 2
Ballygow
TBrwne
Magic Slipper
SBJM 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Munster Bank
JReidy 3
Sweeney's Polka
JOL 3
Johnnie Mickey's
JRSLCB 2
Jack Ryan's
SBJM 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.
On page 57 of [SLoP] Paul Deloughery. Sliabh Luachra on Parade. [available]
As tune #297 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As tune #85 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): 1981