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Tune ID#6129 (First of May)

Transcription of first 2 bars of First of May about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording RtHaMtD (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):
First of May, The (compare 1st part with 1st part of Scartaglen Polka #974)
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Discography cd

Here is the sole recording of this tune considering only the indexed recordings.

Click play below to hear the first 12 seconds.
Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
~19767#1
[RtHaMtD] Round the House and Mind the Dresser. Rose Murphy (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played beforeOn Albums
Murphy's Polka
RtHaMtD

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 recording listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #300 in volume 2 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [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): 1927