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Tune ID#487 (Denis Murphy's Polka)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Denis Murphy'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 Plx 4 (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):
Denis Murphy's Polka / Dennis Murphy's Polka / Dennis Murphy's / Murphy's Polka / Charley O'Leary's Favorite / Charley O'Leary's Favourite / Casey's / Kitty Molloy's Favourite / Sweeney's (2nd in set Casey's on MC; 2nd in set Three Kerry Polkas on KMKerry; 2nd in set Scartaglen Polkas on ESL 1; 2nd in set Selection 2 on GCB 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).
~19241.17#2
[MC] Michael Coleman. Michael Coleman 1891-1945. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
196913#2
[Ch 2] The Chieftains. 2. Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Seán Potts (whistle), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Peadar Mercier (bodhrán, bones), Seán Keane (fiddle).
197610#1
[JsMcD] Josie McDermott. Darby's Farewell. Josie McDermott (flute, whistle, vocals). For this tune: (C whistle).
~19771.7#2
[KoKerry] Jimmy Doyle & Dan O'Leary. Traditional Music from the Kingdom of Kerry. Jimmy Doyle (accordion), Dan O'Leary (fiddle).
~197911#1
[Plx 4] Planxty. Collection. Unidentified on this reissue. For this tune: Andy Irvine (mandolin), Donal Lunny (bouzouki).
19954#2
~19981.1#2
[ESL 1] An Evening in Sliabh Luachra. Volume One. A Collection of Traditional Music and Song from the Sliabh Luachra Area. Johnny O'Leary (accordion), Ellen Healy (whistle), Tim Keily (guitar).
200117#1
[PHCB] Public House Ceili Band. Go Figure. Dan Cobb (banjo), Dave Delgado (whistle), Alan Ng (fiddle), Bob Newton (octave mandolin).
~20049#3
[JK 4] James Kelly. Melodic Journeys. James Kelly (fiddle).
~200720#2
[GCB 2] The Glenside. Take the Floor with The Glenside. Tom Flood (accordion), Johnny Duffy (banjo), Moyra Fraser (keyboard, vocals), Aidan Flood (drums).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Up and Away
MC
Sweeney's Polka
Ch 2
Top of Maol
KoKerry
Jerome Burke's
KMKerry
Scartaglen Polka
ESL 1
Ballydesmond Polka
JK 4
St. Mary's
GCB 2
Played beforeOn Albums
John Ryan's Polka
JsMcD, PHCB
Humours of Ballydesmond
Ch 2
£42 Cheque
Plx 4
Toormore #1
KMKerry
Rose Tree
GCB 2

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 51 of [IFMCK] Drew Beisswenger. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. [available]
As tune #70 in volume 2 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #42 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
On page 85 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As tune #70 in [IBPS] Pat Conway. Ireland's Best Polkas and Slides. [available]
On page 228 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As polka #36 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #61 in [DM 4] Dave Mallinson. 100 Vital Irish Session Tunes. [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): 1924