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Tune ID#443 (Galway Belle)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Galway Belle about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MulcFam3 (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):
Galway Belle, The / Galway Belle / Galway Belles / Cuz Teahan's / Cuz's Polka [Terence "Cuz" Teahan's] / Cuz's / Sixty-Ninth Street Polka / Captain Moonlight's Army / Arm an Chaptaein Moonlight (2nd in set Ballyhoura Mountains on NNC 3) (compare Ned Connor's #7583 and compare 1st part with 1st part of Captain Moonlight's Army #3840 and its neighbors)
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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).
~200812#2
[TDeM] Tony DeMarco. The Sligo Indians. Tony DeMarco (fiddle).
~20094#1
[MulcFam3] Mick, Louise & Michelle Mulcahy. Reelin' in Tradition. Mick Mulcahy (accordion, melodeon), Louise Mulcahy (flute, pipes), Michelle Mulcahy (concertina, fiddle, harp, piano).
20123#2
[NNC 3] Niamh Ní Charra. Cuz. A Tribute to Terry "Cuz" Teahan. Niamh Ní Charra (fiddle, concertina, vocals, viola). For this tune: (fiddle), with Séamus Begley (accordion), Cathall King (flute).
201316#2
[MMcHugh] Martin McHugh. The Master's Choice. Martin McHugh (accordion).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Minnie Dempsey's
TDeM
Johnny I Do Miss You
NNC 3
I'll Tell Me Ma
MMcHugh
Played beforeOn Albums
Tripping to the Well
TDeM
Tom Billy Murphy's
MulcFam3
Terry 'Cuz' Teahan's
NNC 3
Dan Mac's
MMcHugh

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 130 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As other #10 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [available]
On page 227 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As polka #10 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #283 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [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): 1978