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Tune ID#1454 (Old Bush)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Old Bush about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording AIC2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Old Bush, The / An tSean-Sceach / An tSeansceach / The Old Bush Reel / The Bush Reel / Captain Rock / The Long Hills of Mourne / Cnoic Fhada Mhughdhorna / Five Leaf Clover (compare Captain Rock #278)

cd Discography

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. Performers (instruments). Go to album
193020#1
[IDM 1] Irish Dance Music. Jerry Moloney (fiddle), Tommy Whyte (fiddle).
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~19592#2
[AIC1] Paddy Canny, P.J. Hayes, Peadar O'Loughlin, Bridie Lafferty. An Historic Recording of Irish Traditional Music from County Clare and East Galway. Paddy Canny (fiddle), P.J. Hayes (fiddle). For this tune: with Peadar O'Loughlin.
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~19594#2
[AIC2] Paddy Canny. Meet Paddy Canny. All-Ireland Champion - Violin. Paddy Canny (fiddle). For this tune: with Peadar O'Loughlin.
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19602.8#1
[SltSdt] Seoltaí Séidte. Setting Sail. Willie Clancy (pipes).
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19702.19#1
[MGm] Michael Gorman. The Sligo Champion. The Fiddle Music of County Sligo. Michael Gorman (fiddle, vocals). For this tune: a nephew of Michael Gorman's named Michael Gorman (flute).
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197114#1
[TPtts] Tommy Potts. The Liffey Banks. Tommy Potts (fiddle).
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19733#1
[WC 2] Willie Clancy. The Pipering of Willie Clancy. Volume 1. Willie Clancy (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes).
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~197813#1
[Dbl] Paddy Glackin and Paddy Keenan. Doublin'. Paddy Glackin (fiddle, viola), Paddy Keenan (pipes).
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~19858#3
[CW] Matt Molloy and Sean Keane. Contentment Is Wealth. Matt Molloy (flute), Sean Keane (fiddle).
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~19892.5#3
[JK 1] James Kelly. "Capel Street". James Kelly (fiddle).
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19942.3#3
[SDI 3] Set Dances of Ireland. Volume III. Michael Tubridy (flute), Tommy McCarthy (concertina), Eamon McGivney (fiddle).
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19976#1
[MH 3] Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill. The Lonesome Touch. Martin Hayes (fiddle), Dennis Cahill (guitar).
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~19971#1
[NaCnn 1] Na Connerys. Celtic Sessions. Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Kevin Glackin (fiddle), Sean Og Potts (pipes, whistle), John Regan (accordion), John Wynne (flute), Tom McDonagh (bouzouki), Mark Kelly (guitar). For this tune: Sean Og Potts (pipes).
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19991#2
[MCnnly] Mick Conneely. Selkie. Mick Conneely (fiddle, bouzouki).
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200012#2
[MOR 1] Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. The Nervous Man. Traditional Irish Music on Concertina. Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
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~200213#1
[CaBrdg] Niall and Cillian Vallely. Callan Bridge. Niall Vallely (concertina), Cillian Vallely (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes), (concertina).
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~200223#1
[TMIYD] Ronan Browne and Peter O'Loughlin. Touch Me If You Dare. Ronan Browne (pipes, flute), Peter O'Loughlin (fiddle, flute). For this tune: (pipes), (fiddle).
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20038#2
[CSmth] Chris Smith with Roger Landes and Randal Bays. Coyotebanjo. Chris Smith (banjo, mandola, mandolin, field organ), Roger Landes (bouzouki), Randal Bays (fiddle).
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~20044#1
[PRynne 1] Pádraig Rynne. Bye a While. Pádraig Rynne (concertina).
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~20088#2
[COG 2] Conal Ó Gráda. Cnoc Buí. Conal Ó Gráda (flute).
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~201114#1
[StryGoes] Seán Tyrrell, Kevin Glackin, Ronan Browne. And So the Story Goes . . .. Seán Tyrrell (banjo, mandolin, mandola, mandocello, mandobass, tenor guitar, vocals), Kevin Glackin (fiddle), Ronan Browne (pipes, flute, whistle, bodhrán).
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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 very similar to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #3 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
As tune #105 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
As tune #71 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 50 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 81 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #248 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #149 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [available]
In [LM] L[arry]. E. McCullough. ? [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): 1930