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Tune ID#877 (I Have a Bonnet Trimmed with Blue)

Transcription of first 2 bars of I Have a Bonnet Trimmed with Blue about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JOL 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Polka32AABBA Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
I Have a Bonnet Trimmed with Blue / I've A Bonnet Trimmed with Blue / I Had a Bonnet Trimmed with Blue / I Have a Bonnet / Tá Boinéad Agam / Bonnet Trimmed with Blue / Bonnet Trimmed in Blue / The Blue Bonnet Polka / I've a Polkie Trimmed with Blue / Jacket Trimmed in Blue / I Have a Donkey, He Wouldn't Go / Din Tarrant's / Tar Abhaile / Cracovienne / Krakoviak (2nd in set Three Fermanagh Polkas on LFinger) (also in G or D)
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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).
19774#1
[JOL 1] Johnny O'Leary. Music for the Set. Traditional Irish Music from Sliabh Luachra. Johnny O'Leary (accordion).
~19872#2
[BBg 1] Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich. Seana Choirce. Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich (accordion, melodeon). For this tune: (C/C# accordion).
~19901.6#3
[HamHam] Hammy Hamilton. The Moneymusk. Hammy Hamilton (flute). For this tune: with Peadar (concertina).
~19916#2
[LFinger] Joe McHugh and Barry Carroll. The Long Finger. An Mhéar Fhada. Joe McHugh (pipes, whistle, keyboard, bouzouki), Barry Carroll (hammered dulcimer, keyboard). For this tune: (hammered dulcimer), (whistle).
199219#1
19922.4#1
[SDI 1] Set Dances of Ireland. Volume 1. Michael Tubridy (flute), Tommy McCarthy (concertina), Junior Crehan (fiddle), Eamon McGivney (fiddle).
~19937#1
[TDrty] Tom Doherty. Take the Bull by the Horns. Tom Doherty (accordion).
19959#1
[AOT 3] Any Old Time. Crossing. Traditional Music from Cork and Beyond. Matt Cranitch (fiddle), Dave Hennessy (accordion), Mick Daly (vocals, guitar, banjo). For this tune: Dave Hennessy (accordion).
~199810#1
[MDOSe] Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé. Ó Chicago go Carrachán. Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé (accordion, vocals). For this tune: with John Browne (banjo).
20028#1
[DLB] Donncha Lynch Band. Timmy 'the Brit' McCarthy's Set Dances of Cork and Kerry. Donncha Lynch (accordion), Aogan Lynch (concertina), Ronan Lynch (fiddle), Donncha Lynch, Jr. (guitar).
~20046#1
[MRaf] Mike Rafferty. Speed 78. Mike Rafferty (flute, pipes). For this tune: (flute).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Gallope
BBg 1
Mrs. Crowley's
HamHam
Return of Spring
LFinger
Played beforeOn Albums
Gallope
DOEI, TDrty
Mountain Pathway
LFinger
As I Went up to Dublin City
SDI 1
Seán McGovern's Polka
AOT 3
Matt Teehan's Polka
MDOSe

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 #302 in volume 2 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #73 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As tune #68 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
As tune #21 in [IBPS] Pat Conway. Ireland's Best Polkas and Slides. [available]
As tune #57 in [IBPS] Pat Conway. Ireland's Best Polkas and Slides. [available]
On page 224 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As tune #281 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [available]
On page 91 of [IFMCK] Drew Beisswenger. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. [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