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Tune ID#3935 (Boston O'Connor)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Boston O'Connor about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording PS 3 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Fling16ABG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Boston O'Connor / Casey's Pig / The Duke of Gordon's Birthday (composed by William Marshall)
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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).
~19909#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).
19959#2
[WaMoDub] Paul McGrattan, Paul O'Shaughnessy. Within a Mile of Dublin. Paul McGrattan (flute), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle). For this tune: Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle).
~20028#2
[BCw 1] Brian Conway. First through the Gate. Brian Conway (fiddle).
~20109#3
[GMrphy] GrĂ¡inne Murphy. Short Stories. GrĂ¡inne Murphy (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Love Will You Marry Me
WaMoDub
O'Flynn's Fancy
BCw 1
Were You at the Fair?
GMrphy
Played beforeOn Albums
Watchmaker
PS 3
John Doherty's
WaMoDub
Jimmy Lyon's
BCw 1
Touching Cloth
GMrphy

Bibliography

According to my research, there are zero transcriptions that are musically very similar to this tune anywhere in the indexed books, regardless of tune title. Try my recommended links to other indexes if you need a transcription. To learn to play this tune, simply learn it from another musician or study the recording(s) listed above. See also: Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music.

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1990