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Tune ID#4049 (Ballinafad Polka)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Ballinafad 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 McDoB (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Polka32ABCCG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Ballinafad Polka, The / Polca Bhéal Átha Fada / Ballinafad Polka / Ballinafad / McDonagh's (1st in Turkey in the Straw Medley on AtR 2)
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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).
~19693#1
[McDoB] The McDonaghs of Ballinafad and Friends Play Traditional Music of Sligo. Larry McDonagh (flute), Michael Joe McDonagh (fiddle).
20001.2#1
[LaL] Lámh ar Lámh. Many Hands. John Carty (fiddle), Anne-Marie McGowan (fiddle), Patsy Hanley (flute).
~20015#1
[AtR 2] At the Racket. Mirth-Making Heroes. John Carty (fiddle, banjo), Brian McGrath (banjo, piano, keyboards), Seamus O'Donnell (flute, saxophone, vocals), Garry O'Briain (guitar, mandocello, piano), Brid Dooley (vocals).
~200713#1
[PttW] Matt Molloy and John Carty with Arty McGlynn. Pathway to the Well. Matt Molloy (flute), John Carty (fiddle), Arty McGlynn (guitar).
~20106#2
[CYHCIt] Catherine McEvoy, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. Comb Your Hair and Curl It. Catherine McEvoy (flute), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle), Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Roosky
CYHCIt
Played beforeOn Albums
Manning's Jig
LaL
Turkey in the Straw
AtR 2
Killavil Polka
PttW

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 #112 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [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): 1969