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Tune ID#919 (James McMahon's Favourite)

Transcription of first 2 bars of James McMahon's Favourite about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording PitS (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
James McMahon's Favourite / James McMahon's Jig / James McMahon's / Port James McMahon / Port Shéamuis Mhic Mhathúna / James McMahon / Caherlistrane Jig / Caherlistrane / O'Keefe's Mother's / Mulvihill's Jig / Jimmy Neary's Request (3rd in set York Street Stepper on LTC 1; 3rd in set Thadelo's on FullSt 3) (often in A, also in G) (compare remotely 1st part with 1st part of Kerry Jig #1020) (composed by James McMahon)
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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).
196815#2
[PitS] Paddy in the Smoke. Tommy Maguire (accordion), Father O'Keeffe (mandolin).
~19887#1
[PS 2] Kevin Burke, Jackie Daly, Andy Irvine, Arty McGlynn. 2, Patrick Street. Kevin Burke (fiddle, backing vocals), Jackie Daly (accordion, backing vocals), Andy Irvine (vocals, mandolin, bouzouki, mandola, harmonica), Arty McGlynn (guitar). For this tune: starts Kevin Burke (5-string fiddle or viola?).
19957#2
[AOT 3] Any Old Time. Crossing. Traditional Music from Cork and Beyond. Matt Cranitch (fiddle), Dave Hennessy (accordion), Mick Daly (vocals, guitar, banjo).
~19995#1
[PF] Patty Furlong. Traditional Irish Music on Button Accordion. Patty Conway Furlong (accordion).
20001#1
[NR] Charlie Piggott and Gerry Harrington. The New Road. Charlie Piggott (accordion), Gerry Harrington (fiddle).
~20041#3
[Boh 4] Bohola. 4. Jimmy Keane (piano accordion, vocals, foot), Sean Cleland (fiddle), Pat Broaders (dordan, vocals), Kat Eggleston (vocals).
~20097#1
[MulcFam3] Mick, Louise & Michelle Mulcahy. Reelin' in Tradition. Mick Mulcahy (accordion, melodeon), Louise Mulcahy (flute, pipes), Michelle Mulcahy (concertina, fiddle, harp, piano).
20119#3
[LTC 1] Long Time Courting. Alternate Routes. Ariel Friedman (cello, vocals), Liz Simmon (guitar, vocals), Shannon Heaton (flute, whistle, vocals), Sarah Blair (fiddle, vocals).
~20169#3
[FullSt 3] FullSet. Notes between the Lines. Janine Redmond (accordion), Marianne Knight (flute, vocals), Martino Vacca (pipes, whistle, backing vocals), Michael Harrison (fiddle, cello, backing vocals), Andrew Meaney (guitar), Eamonn Moloney (bodhrán, percussion, backing vocals).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Condon's Frolics
PitS
East at Glendart
AOT 3
Owen Hacket's Jig
Boh 4
Kilmovee Jig
LTC 1
Champaign Jig Goes to Columbia
FullSt 3
Played beforeOn Albums
Gallowglass
PS 2
Condon's Frolics
PF
Paddy Mullins' Jig
NR
An Buachaillín Bán
MulcFam3

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.
On page 16 of [SLoP] Paul Deloughery. Sliabh Luachra on Parade. [available]
As jig #110 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
As jig #32 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [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