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Tune ID#701 (Poll Ha'penny)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Poll Ha'penny about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Kn (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):
Poll Ha'penny / Poll Ha' Penny / Pol Ha'penny / Pol Ha' Penny / Pol Ha'penny Hornpipe / Poll Halfpenny / Poll Leithphingine / Paul Halfpenny / Molly Halfpenny / Molly MacAlpine / Brian the Brave / Garraí na Bhfeileoig (also in A Minor, A Mixolydian, G Dorian, and E Dorian; also described as a fling or as a set dance; with structure AAABB on TMacMn 2) (compare as set dance #1558; compare as song-air Brian the Brave #7541; compare hornpipe Fraoch na n-Aé / Brian the Brave, included here in book R 3#179; compare 2nd part with 2nd part of Hawk's Hornpipe #5511) (composed by Connellan, possibly)
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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).
~191911#1
[PT] Patsy Touhey. The Piping of Patsy Touhey. Patsy Touhey (pipes).
19294#1
[OTPR] Oldtime Records. Vol. 3. Piping Rarities. Micael Carney (pipes), James Morrison (fiddle).
19661#1
[BC 3] Bobby Casey. The Spirit of West Clare. Bobby Casey (fiddle, whistle).
19762.2#1
[HmrLshn] John and Julia Clifford. The Humours of Lisheen. Music from Sliabh Luachra Vol. 3. John Clifford (piano accordion), Julia Clifford (fiddle).
~19799#1
[MB 1] Mary Bergin. Feadóga Stáin. Traditional Irish Music on the Tin Whistle. Mary Bergin (whistle). For this tune: (Bb whistle).
198512#1
[Kn] Noel Hill and Tony MacMahon. In Knocknagree. Noel Hill (concertina), Tony MacMahon (accordion). For this tune: Tony MacMahon (accordion).
~19954#1
[PCny] Paddy Canny. Traditional Music from the Legendary East Clare Fiddler. Paddy Canny (fiddle).
~199610#1
[JOBM 1] Jimmy O'Brien-Moran. Seán Reid's Favourite. Jimmy O'Brien-Moran (pipes). For this tune: (B pipes).
19973#1
[MH 3] Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill. The Lonesome Touch. Martin Hayes (fiddle), Dennis Cahill (guitar).
~20005#1
[TMacMn 2] Tony Mac Mahon. Mac Mahon from Clare. Tony Mac Mahon (accordion).
20038#1
[CSmth] Chris Smith with Roger Landes and Randal Bays. Coyotebanjo. Chris Smith (banjo, mandola, mandolin, field organ), Roger Landes (bouzouki), Randal Bays (fiddle).
~20055#1
[ACrby 1] Angelina Carberry. An Traidisiún Beo. Angelina Carberry (banjo). For this tune: with Martin Quinn (accordion).
200610#2
[NNW] Eliot Grasso and Dave Cory. North-by-NorthWest. Eliot Grasso (pipes, flute), Dave Cory (banjo, guitar, octave mandolin).
200814#2
[MSHtn 4] Matt and Shannon Heaton. Lovers' Well. Shannon Heaton (vocals, flute, whistle), Matt Heaton (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, bodhrán). For this tune: Shannon (flute), Dan (accordion).
~200810#1
[Snchrd] Dermy Diamond, Tara Diamond, Dáithí Sproule. Seanchairde. Old Friends. Dermy Diamond (fiddle), Tara Diamond aka Tara Bingham (flute), Dáithí Sproule (guitar). For this tune: Tara (C flute).
~201012#2
[CGJS 1] Colm Gannon, Jesse Smith and John Blake. The Ewe with the Crooked Horn. Colm Gannon (accordion, melodeon), Jesse Smith (fiddle), John Blake (flute, guitar, piano).
~201117#2
[MOhEn] Micheál Ó hEidhin [with] Steve Cooney and Charlie Lennon. Ceol Sidhe. Shee Music. Micheál Ó hEidhin (concertina), Steve Cooney (guitar), Charlie Lennon (fiddle).
~201113#1
[PO 4] Paddy O'Brien. Mixing the Punch. Paddy O'Brien (accordion).
20132#1
[MMcHugh] Martin McHugh. The Master's Choice. Martin McHugh (accordion). For this tune: with Laura (flute).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Come Hither Stare
NNW
Blackbird
MSHtn 4
Flowers of Limerick
CGJS 1
Road to Glountane
MOhEn
Played beforeOn Albums
Miss Galvin's
MB 1, TMacMn 2, MOhEn
Swallow's Tail
PT
Fisher's Hornpipe
OTPR
Scully Casey's
BC 3
Dunphy's Hornpipe
JOBM 1
Little Black Pig
MH 3
Rights of Man
PCny
Old Bush
CSmth
Seán O'Duibhir an Ghleanna
ACrby 1
Plains of Boyle
Snchrd
Stack of Rye
PO 4
Tuamgraney Castle
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.
As tune #212 in volume 2 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #179 in volume 3 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
On page 208 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 211 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.

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): 1919