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Tune ID#3969 (Ballygow)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Ballygow about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BG 5 (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):
Ballygow / John Cronin's / John Walshes (1st in set D.D.Cronin's Polkas on 4StarT 2) (setting on 4StarT 2 has a somewhat unique 2nd part) (compare Gleanntán Polka #4229)
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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).
~19986#1
[BG 5] Bobby Gardiner. The Clare Shout. Bobby Gardiner (melodeon, lilting). For this tune: (G melodeon).
200314#2
[TBrwne] Tim Browne. Mutiny in the County. Tim Browne (fiddle, vocals, bouzouki). For this tune: Tim (fiddle), Dan Curtin (fiddle).
~20086#2
[COG 2] Conal Ó Gráda. Cnoc Buí. Conal Ó Gráda (flute).
~20142#1
[4StarT 2] Four Star Trio. Magnetic South. Johnny McCarthy (fiddle, flute, whistle, vocals, guitar), Con Ó Drisceoil (accordion, melodeon, vocals, piano), Pat Herring Ahern (guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, ukulele).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Eileen's Polka
TBrwne
Maurice O'Keeffes
COG 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Kenmare Polka
TBrwne
Cutting Bracken
COG 2
Tom Morrison's
4StarT 2

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): 1998