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Tune ID#1543 (Palm Tree)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Palm Tree about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BMc 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBBb Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Palm Tree, The / An Crann Pailme (2nd in set The Palm Tree on PRynne 1) (also in D or C) (composed by Billy McComiskey)

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
~19817#2
[BMc 1] Billy McComiskey. Makin' the Rounds. Irish Traditional Music. Billy McComiskey (accordion).
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~199514#2
[KC 1] Kevin Crawford. 'D' Flute Album. Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhrán). For this tune: (flute).
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19997#2
[LD 1] Liz Doherty. Last Orders. Liz Doherty (fiddle).
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~199910#2
[CNea 1] Colin Nea. The Pure Box. Colin Nea (accordion).
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200210#2
[AJK] Alan and John Kelly. Fourmilehouse. Alan Kelly (piano accordion), John Kelly (flute, whistle). For this tune: John Kelly (whistle).
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~20036#1
[KitRec] Seán O'Driscoll and Larry Egan. The Kitchen Recordings. Seán O'Driscoll (banjo, bouzouki), Larry Egan (accordion). For this tune: Larry (accordion).
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~20047#2
[PRynne 1] Pádraig Rynne. Bye a While. Pádraig Rynne (concertina).
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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 reel #266 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #134 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): 1981