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Tune ID#4785 (Seán McGovern's Polka)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Seán McGovern's 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 AOT 3 (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):
Seán McGovern's Polka / Sean McGovern's Polka / John McGovern's / The Clog
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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).
19959#2
[AOT 3] Any Old Time. Crossing. Traditional Music from Cork and Beyond. Matt Cranitch (fiddle), Dave Hennessy (accordion), Mick Daly (vocals, guitar, banjo).
19977#2
[OAces] O'Aces. Ón Oíche go Maidin. Martin Dowling (fiddle), Davy Maguire (flute), Jason O'Rourke (concertina), Kevin Dorris (bouzouki), Paul McSherry (guitar).
19982#3
[CBnds] The County Bounds. Matt Cranitch (fiddle), Máire O'Keeffe (fiddle), Johnny McCarthy (fiddle).
201121#2
[IFMCK] Connie O'Connell. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. Connie O'Connell (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
I Have a Bonnet Trimmed with Blue
AOT 3
Cappamore Polka
OAces
Anascaul Polka
CBnds
Jim Keeffe's
IFMCK
Played beforeOn Albums
Baltimore Polka
AOT 3
Mrs. Crowley's
OAces

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 #108 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
On page 67 of [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
As polka #29 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
As tune #27 in [IBPS] Pat Conway. Ireland's Best Polkas and Slides. [available]
On page 119 of [IFMCK] Drew Beisswenger. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. [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