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Tune ID#983 (John Ryan's Polka)

Transcription of first 2 bars of John Ryan'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 Plx 4 (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):
John Ryan's Polka / John Ryan's / Ryan's Polka / Kerry Polka / Kerry Polka No. 1 / Kerry Polka II / The Keadue Polka (as Polkas on Reidy 3; for 2nd figure of The West Kerry Set on JRSLCB 2; 2nd in set Kerry Polkas in book LPTW)
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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).
197610#2
[JsMcD] Josie McDermott. Darby's Farewell. Josie McDermott (flute, whistle, vocals). For this tune: (C whistle).
~197911#3
[Plx 4] Planxty. Collection. Unidentified on this reissue.
~19811.4#1
[JReidy 3] Johnny Reidy. Full Polka Set. Ireland's Number One. Johnny Reidy (accordion).
~19865#2
[TrsCl] Turas Cheoil. A Musical Odyssey: A compilation of music from the traditional musicians of Toronto. Pat Hutchinson (pipes), Kieran Wade (banjo), Jonathan Lynn (hammered dulcimer), Jim McGee (fiddle), Henry Geraghty (whistle).
199523#1
~199814#3
[JRSLCB 2] Johnny Reidy and the Sliabh Luachra Ceili Band. Music for Set Dancing Vol. II. Johnny Reidy (accordion).
200117#2
[PHCB] Public House Ceili Band. Go Figure. Dan Cobb (banjo), Dave Delgado (whistle), Alan Ng (fiddle), Bob Newton (octave mandolin).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Denis Murphy's Polka
JsMcD, PHCB
£42 Cheque
Plx 4
Ballydesmond Polka
JRSLCB 2
Maid of Ardagh
TrsCl
Played beforeOn Albums
Mickey Chewing Bubblegum
TrsCl

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 #23#2 in volume 1 of [LPTW] Eithne Vallely. Learn to Play the Tin Whistle. [available]
As tune #22 in [LPF] Eithne and Brian Vallely. Learn to Play the Fiddle with Armagh Pipers Club. [available]
On page 150 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As tune #44 in [IBPS] Pat Conway. Ireland's Best Polkas and Slides. [available]
On page 237 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As polka #14 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #62 in [DM 4] Dave Mallinson. 100 Vital Irish Session Tunes. [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): 1975