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Tune ID#600 (Famous Ballymote)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Famous Ballymote about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BB 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABD Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Famous Ballymote / The Famous Ballymote / Pride of Ahamore / Péarla an Achaidh Mhóir (2nd in set Sams Reels on CBdts 2) (parts reversed in book CRE 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).
19751#4
[BB 1] The Bothy Band. 1975. The First Album. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Matt Molloy (flute, whistle), Tommy Peoples (fiddle), Donal Lunny (bouzouki, vocals), Tríona Ni Dhomhnaill (harpsichord, bodhrán, vocals), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (guitar, vocals).
19769#4
[BB 6] The Bothy Band. Live in Concert. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Matt Molloy (flute), Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Peter Browne (pipes), Dónal Lunny (bouzouki), Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill (vocals, clavinet), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (vocals, guitar).
19781#4
[BB 4] The Bothy Band. After Hours. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Matt Molloy (flute), Dónal Lunny (vocals, bouzouki, guitar, bodhrán), Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill (vocals, keyboards, bodhrán), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (vocals, guitar, keyboards).
~19991#2
[CBdts 2] The Céilí Bandits. Hangin' at the Crossroads. Yvonne Casey (fiddle), Eoin O'Neill (bouzouki), Quentin Cooper (mandolin, didgeridoo). For this tune: Yvonne (fiddle).
~20015#2
[JoeMcK] Joe McKenna. The Irish Low Whistle. Joe McKenna (whistle, pipes, keyboards, piano). For this tune: (pipes, low D whistle).
~20058#3
[CTrsh] Ciaran Tourish. Down the Line. Ciaran Tourish (fiddle, whistle).
~20051#3
[MMhn] Martin Meehan. Three's Company. Martin Meehan (flute, bodhrán).
~20052.8#2
[WFO 3] Wooden Flute Obsession 3. Paul McGlinchey (Eb flute).
20063#2
[NNW] Eliot Grasso and Dave Cory. North-by-NorthWest. Eliot Grasso (pipes, flute), Dave Cory (banjo, guitar, octave mandolin).
~20101#3
[DShrdn 1] Dave Sheridan. Drivin' Leitrim Timber. Dave Sheridan (flute, guitar). For this tune: (Eb flute).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Flower of the Flock
BB 1, BB 4
Seán Reid's
BB 6
Sligo Creek
CBdts 2
Stone in the Field
JoeMcK
Drunken Landlady
MMhn
Flowers of Edinburgh
CTrsh
Nine Points of Roguery
NNW
Follow Me Down to Galway
WFO 3
Matt Peoples
DShrdn 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Traveller
JoeMcK
Kilrush Polka
WFO 3

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 #272 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As reel #399 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
As reel #86 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [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): 1966