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Tune ID#3840 (Captain Moonlight's Army)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Captain Moonlight's Army about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BBg 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Polka32AABBE Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Captain Moonlight's Army / John with the Light Brown Hair / Downey / Downey's / Polca Áine / Riding on a Load of Hay / Anne's Polka / West Kerry / Séamus Cussen's (3rd in set Brendan Begley's Polcas on TEdey 1) (also in A Dorian) (1st part same as the 1st parts of Riding on a Load of Hay #6370 and Nessa the Mover #5098, and Ned Connor's #7583 and - not included here - the transcriptions Ceilidh House Polka in book M2 and Gan Ainm in CRE 4 #78; 2nd part same as 2nd part of #6179; also compare 1st part with 1st part of Galway Belle #443 and with 1st part of Riding on a Load of Hay #4297)
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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).
~198711#3
[BBg 1] Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich. Seana Choirce. Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich (accordion, melodeon). For this tune: (C/C# accordion).
19931.4#2
[SDI 3] Set Dances of Ireland. Volume III. Denis (fiddle), Paudy (flute), Timmy (melodeon).
~19935#2
[JCnly 1] Johnny Connolly. An tOileán Aerach. Johnny Connolly (melodeon). For this tune: (C melodeon).
~19985#3
[MDOSe] Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé. Ó Chicago go Carrachán. Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé (accordion, vocals). For this tune: with John Browne (banjo), Caoimhín Ó Sé (flute).
20003#2
[INS] Hammy Hamilton, Séamus Creagh, Con Ó Drisceoil. It's No Secret. Hammy Hamilton (flute, vocals), Séamus Creagh (fiddle, vocals), Con Ó Drisceoil (accordion, vocals, piano).
~20019#2
[Beg 2] Beginish. Stormy Weather. Brendan Begley (accordion, vocals), Noel O'Grady (bouzouki), Paul McGrattan (flute, whistle), Gavin Ralston (guitar, keyboards), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle).
~20062#3
[TEdey 1] Tim Edey. Irish Music from the Dingle Peninsula and Beyond. Tim Edey (accordion, whistle, banjo, piano, keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, double bass, percussion). For this tune: (accordion).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Din Tarrant's
MDOSe, INS
Johnny Ghabha
BBg 1
Kerry Cow
JCnly 1
Green Cottage
SDI 3
Gullane Polka
Beg 2
Derrygallen Bridge
TEdey 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Little Diamond
JCnly 1
Johnny O'Leary's
Beg 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 #339 in volume 2 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #129 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As tune #41 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 only the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1927