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Tune ID#4933 (I'll Tell Me Ma)

Transcription of first 2 bars of I'll Tell Me Ma about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording HamHam (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Polka16ABG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
I'll Tell Me Ma / My Aunt Jane / Take Her Away / Polka d'Alfred Couillard / Johnny Powell's (2nd in set Polkas on HamHam) (also doubled, also in A or D, also as song, included here) (compare 1st part with 1st part of Banks of the Quay #6862)
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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).
~19902.3#2
[HamHam] Hammy Hamilton. The Moneymusk. Hammy Hamilton (flute). For this tune: with Peadar (concertina).
200115#1
[IBrgd 10] The Irish Brigade (and Friends). Live at the Half Time Rec. Mike Wallace (guitar, bodhrán, bass, vocals), Sean Conway (flute, whistle, guitar, vocals), John Wright (bass), Karie Oberg (vocals), Mike Ryan (dumbek). For this tune: Sean Conway (vocals).
20031#2
[TBrwne] Tim Browne. Mutiny in the County. Tim Browne (fiddle, vocals, bouzouki).
~200313#1
[TapRT] The Tap Room Trio. The Tap Room Trio. Harry Bradley (flute, piccolo), Jesse Smith (fiddle), John Blake (guitar, piano, flute). For this tune: Harry Bradley (flutes).
~20074#1
[Hmdgr] Paul Brock and Enda Scahill. Humdinger. Paul Brock (accordion), Enda Scahill (banjo, mandolin). For this tune: (melodeon), (mandolin).
~20106#3
[MoMad] Brendan Begley and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. A Moment of Madness. Brendan Begley (accordion), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle, hardanger fiddle). For this tune: Caoimhín (hardanger fiddle).
201316#1
[MMcHugh] Martin McHugh. The Master's Choice. Martin McHugh (accordion).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Knocknaboul Polka
HamHam
Many a Wild Night
TBrwne
Glen Cottage
MoMad
Played beforeOn Albums
[untitled]
TapRT
Galway Belle
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 57 of [SLoP] Paul Deloughery. Sliabh Luachra on Parade. [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): 1987