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Tune ID#655 (Behind the Ditch in Páirc Anna)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Behind the Ditch in Páirc Anna about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MMulv 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Behind the Ditch in Páirc Anna / Ar chúl an chlaí i bPáirc Anna / Behind the Bush in Parkhanna / Mike Sullivan's / The Humours of Tullycreen / The Humours of Tullycrine / Pléaraca Thulach Ruáin / The Meeting Place / Flynn's / McDermott's / How Are You, Mary Geaney? / Mrs. Dwyer's (also in G Mixolydian or A Mixolydian; also described as reel or barndance or fling) (compare 1st part with 1st part of Wren's Hornpipe #3742; compare more distantly Humours of Tullycrine #184)
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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).
19776#1
[JOL 1] Johnny O'Leary. Music for the Set. Traditional Irish Music from Sliabh Luachra. Johnny O'Leary (accordion).
~19772#1
[RtHaMtD] Round the House and Mind the Dresser. Johnny O'Leary (accordion).
~1978A.6#1
[MMulv 1] Martin Mulvihill with Mick Moloney. Traditional Irish Fiddling from County Limerick. Martin Mulvihill (fiddle).
~19981#1
[LN 2] Laurence Nugent. Two for Two. Laurence Nugent (flute, whistle). For this tune: (C whistle).
20008#3
[NR] Charlie Piggott and Gerry Harrington. The New Road. Charlie Piggott (accordion), Gerry Harrington (fiddle).
~20075#1
[Chlr 3] Chulrua. The Singing Kettle. Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Patrick Ourceau (fiddle), Pat Egan (guitar, vocals).
~20099#1
[JWynn 2] John Wynne. Ar nós na Gaoithe. Like the Wind. John Wynne (flute).
~20133#1
[JAbrt 1] Joey Abarta. Swimming against the Falls. Snámh in aghaidh easa. Joey Abarta (pipes).
~201314#2
[HB 4] Harry Bradley. The First of May. Harry Bradley (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute), with Colm Gannon (melodeon).
~201420#2
[RBysFam] Randal Bays and Family. A Rake of Tunes. Randal Bays (fiddle), Susan Waters (fiddle), Willie Bays (flute), Owen Bays (concertina). For this tune: Randal (fiddle), Susan (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Father Dollard's Hornpipe
NR
First of May
HB 4
Martin Kirwan's March
RBysFam
Played beforeOn Albums
Tom Billy's
JOL 1, RtHaMtD
Dillane's
MMulv 1
Home Ruler
LN 2
Flowing Bowl
Chlr 3
Terry Bingham's Barn Dance
JWynn 2
Battle of Aughrim
JAbrt 1

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 #224 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As tune #77 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
On page 42 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): 1968