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Tune ID#974 (Scartaglen Polka)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Scartaglen 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 JOL 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Polka32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Scartaglen Polka, The / The Scartaglen / Scairteach an Ghlinne / John Egan's / John Egan's Polka / Egan's / John Clifford's / John Clifford's Polka / Darby's Cross / Danny Green's / Fleadh Cheoil Polka No. 2 / Tripping to the Well (3rd in set A Selection of Sliabh Luachra Polkas on ScE; 1st in set Egan's Polkas on PMcG 1; 1st in set Scartaglen Polkas on ESL 1) (also in G; the setting in book CRE 2 included here has a fairly different 2nd part, almost closer to the 2nd part of Ger Collins' #7579) (compare 1st part with 1st parts of First of May #6129 and Ger Collins' #7579, compare 2nd part with 2nd part of #1417)
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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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[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
[HmrLshn] John and Julia Clifford. The Humours of Lisheen. Music from Sliabh Luachra Vol. 3. John Clifford (piano accordion), Julia Clifford (fiddle). For this tune: with Maurice O'Keefe (fiddle).
[RshMtn] The Rushy Mountain. John Clifford (piano accordion), Julia Clifford (fiddle), Maurice O'Keefe (fiddle).
[JOL 2] Johnny O'Leary. An Calmfhear. The Trooper. Johnny O'Leary (accordion).
[ScE] Gerry Harrington and Eoghan O'Sullivan. Scéal Eile. Gerry Harrington (fiddle), Eoghan O'Sullivan (accordion). For this tune: Eoghan (accordion), Gerry (fiddle).
[PMcG 1] Paul McGrattan. The Frost Is All Over. Paul McGrattan (flute, whistle).
[ESL 1] An Evening in Sliabh Luachra. Volume One. A Collection of Traditional Music and Song from the Sliabh Luachra Area. Johnny O'Leary (accordion), Ellen Healy (whistle), Tim Keily (guitar).
[Boh 4] Bohola. 4. Jimmy Keane (piano accordion, vocals, foot), Sean Cleland (fiddle), Pat Broaders (dordan, vocals), Kat Eggleston (vocals).
[JK 4] James Kelly. Melodic Journeys. James Kelly (fiddle).
[HB 4] Harry Bradley. The First of May. Harry Bradley (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute), with Sean Gavin (Eb flute).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Pádraig O'Keeffe's
Mrs. Crowley's
Mountain Pathway
PMcG 1
Brian Luby's Polka
CmA 3
Siege of Ennis
Boh 4
Played beforeOn Albums
Billy O'Rourke Is the Boy
HmrLshn, RshMtn
Tom Morrison's
PMcG 1
Leather Away with the Wattle O
CmA 3
Denis Murphy's Polka
Terry 'Cuz' Teahan's
Boh 4
Bill the Weaver's
JK 4
Julia Clifford's
HB 4


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 78 of [IFMCK] Drew Beisswenger. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. [available]
As tune #109 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As tune #74 in volume 4 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On page 129 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #110 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As tune #41 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
On page 71 of [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
As other #12 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [available]
As polka #34 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 only the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1949