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Tune ID#153 (Billy Brocker's)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Billy Brocker's about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BB 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Billy Brocker's / Billy Brocker / Ríl Billy Brocker / The Old Billy Brocker's / Billy Brocken's / Billy Bocker / Billy Bunker / [The Budgie on the Griddle] (1st in set The Laurel Tree on BB 2; this set in turn was mislabeled on some reissues as Michael Gorman's; setting in book Raff has a different 2nd part) (compare Kilfrush #6025)

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
~196932#1
[McDoB] The McDonaghs of Ballinafad and Friends Play Traditional Music of Sligo. Larry McDonagh (flute), Michael Joe McDonagh (fiddle).
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197612#1
[BB 2] The Bothy Band. Old Hag You Have Killed Me. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Matt Molloy (flute, whistle), Kevin Burke (fiddle), Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill (vocals, clavinet, harmonium), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (vocals, guitar), Donal Lunny (vocals, bouzouki, guitar, bodhrán). For this tune: Kevin Burke (fiddle).
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~19914#2
[TKn] Tommy Keane. The Piper's Apron. Tommy Keane (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes).
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~19933#3
[MB 2] Mary Bergin. Feadóga Stáin 2. Mary Bergin (whistle). For this tune: (Bb whistle).
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~199310#2
[Shskn 6] Shaskeen. My Love Is in America. Tom Cussen (banjo), Benny O'Connor (drums, bodhrán), Sean Conway (flute, whistle, guitar, vocals), Charlie Harris (accordion), Kevin Rohan (fiddle, vocals). For this tune: Sean Conway (high F whistle).
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~19978#2
[SHernon] Seán Hernon. An Nóra Bheag. Seán Hernon (Eb whistle, banjo).
Go to Album
200014#1
[MnMcG] Manus McGuire. Saffron and Blue. Manus McGuire (fiddle).
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~200111#1
[JW 2] John Williams. Steam. John Williams (accordion, concertina, whistle, flute, bodhrán). For this tune: (Bb whistle).
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~20011.17#3
[WFO 1] Wooden Flute Obsession. Jimmy Noonan (Eb flute).
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200714#2
[CMcEv 3] Catherine McEvoy. The Home Ruler. Traditional Irish Flute Music. Catherine McEvoy (flute).
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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 #32 in volume 4 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #46 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [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): 1969