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Tune ID#692 (Galway Bay)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Galway Bay about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JB 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBG Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Galway Bay / Cuan na Gaillimhe / Galway Bay Hornpipe / The Galway Bay Hornpipe / The Democratic Hornpipe / The Democratic (1st in set The Drunken Sailor on TPtts) (also in E or A)
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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).
19718#1
[TPtts] Tommy Potts. The Liffey Banks. Tommy Potts (fiddle).
~197312#1
[JB 2] Joe Burke with Charlie Lennon. Traditional Music of Ireland. Joe Burke (accordion), with Charlie Lennon (piano).
~19778#2
[AM] Andy McGann and Paul Brady. It's A Hard Road to Travel. Andy McGann (fiddle), Paul Brady (guitar).
~19784#2
[PJHrn 1] P.J. Hernon. P.J. Hernon. P.J. Hernon (accordion, melodeon). For this tune: (accordion).
~19927#2
[CR 1] Craobh Rua. The More That's Said the Less the Better. Mark Donnelly (pipes, whistle), Michael Cassidy (fiddle), Brian Connolly (banjo, mandolin, bodhrán), Jim Byrne (guitar, mandola, vocals). For this tune: Brian Connolly (banjo).
19943#2
[MH 2] Martin Hayes. Under the Moon. Martin Hayes (fiddle).
~19969#1
[ECotter] Eamonn Cotter. Traditional Irish Music from County Clare. Eamonn Cotter (flute).
~19997#2
[Provd 1] Providence. Providence. John Wynne (flute, whistle), Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina, accordion), Méabh O'Hare (fiddle), Joan McDermott (vocals), Paul Doyle (guitar, bouzouki, vocals).
200112#2
[LYK 1] Liz and Yvonne Kane. The Well Tempered Bow. Liz Kane (fiddle), Yvonne Kane (fiddle), John Blake (guitar, piano).
20058#1
[Drcht 2] Draíocht. Land's End. Michael Rooney (harp), June McCormack (flute). For this tune: Michael (harp).
~20083#2
[BCw 2] Brian Conway. Consider the Source. Brian Conway (fiddle). For this tune: with Joanie Madden (flute), Billy McComiskey (accordion).
~20094#1
[PCrbry] Peter Carberry. Traditional Irish Music from Co. Longford. Peter Carberry (accordion, banjo, tenor guitar). For this tune: (accordion), with Angelina Carberry (banjo).
~20123#1
[In2M] Len Graham and Brían Ó hAirt. In Two Minds. Len Graham (vocals, spoons), Brían Ó hAirt (vocals, whistle, dance). For this tune: Brían Ó hAirt (whistle).
~20123#1
[MiMulc] Michelle Mulcahy. Suaimhneas. Michelle Mulcahy (harp).
201310#1
[CFF 6] The Celtic Fiddle Festival. Live in Brittany. André Brunet (fiddle, feet), Kevin Burke (fiddle), Christian Lemaître (fiddle), Nicolas Quémener (guitar). For this tune: Kevin (fiddle).
~201510#1
[JPmpls] Jayne Pomplas. Jayne Pomplas. Traditional Irish Music on Fiddle. Jayne Pomplas (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Banks Hornpipe
AM
Jim Erwin's
PJHrn 1
Loughnashade
CR 1
O'Connell's March
MH 2
Her Golden Hair Hanging Down Her Back
Provd 1
A Reel in the Style of Redican
LYK 1
Tailor's Twist
BCw 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Drunken Sailor
TPtts, CFF 6
Contradiction
JB 2
Western
CR 1
Young Tom Ennis
MH 2
Acrobat
ECotter
Bee's Wing
Drcht 2
O'Kelly's Fancy
BCw 2
Bushmills Fancy
PCrbry
Fairy Queen
In2M
Peacock's Feather
MiMulc
Poppy Leaf
JPmpls

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 #1619 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #853 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 178 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As hp #66 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): 1903