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Tune ID#932 (Jessica's Polka)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Jessica's Polka about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording KB UC (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?BarsMode ?
Polka32A Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Jessica's Polka / Jessica's (composed by Mick Hanly)
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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).
~19842#3
[KB UC] Kevin Burke. Up Close. Kevin Burke (fiddle).
~199212#1
[CTL 3] Cherish the Ladies. The Back Door. Mary Coogan (guitar, banjo), Siobhan Egan (fiddle, bodhrán), Eileen Golden (feet), Winifred Horan (fiddle, feet), Maureen Doherty Macken [Mary Rafferty] (accordion, flute), Joanie Madden (flute, whistle), Cathie Ryan (vocals), Linnane Wick (feet).
200711#2
[Aths 1] Áthas. Áthas. Heather Lewin-Tiarks (fiddle, viola, cello), Amy Richter (bodhrán, djembe, whistle), Jeff Ksiazek (guitar, whistle, flute). For this tune: Heather (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Finnish Polka
KB UC
Little Diamond
Aths 1
Played beforeOn Albums
I Have No Money
CTL 3

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 polka #84 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
On page 231 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As polka #18 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): 1984