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Tune ID#1801 (Speed the Plough)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Speed the Plough about these two bars
These two bars are quoted from the transcription in the book B&S (details in the Bibliography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Speed the Plough / God Speed the Plough / Bí ag Treabhadh leat / Croghan Hill / Off in the Morning / Vincie Crowley's / Ireland in New York (Scottish setting is in A) (composed by John Moorhead / Morehead / Muirhead, possibly)

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
~1978B.5#1
[NF] Joe Shannon, Johnny McGreevy. The Noonday Feast. Joe Shannon (pipes), Johnny McGreevy (fiddle).
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~19798#3
[BHIW] Dolores Keane & John Faulkner. Broken Hearted I'll Wander. Dolores Keane (vocals, concertina, flute ,whistle, hurdy gurdy, bodhrán), John Faulkner (vocals, guitar, hurdy gurdy, bouzouki). For this tune: Kieran (fiddle), Eamonnn (pipes), Dolores (flute).
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200012#1
[ACB 1] The Abbey Céilí Band. Bruach an tSuláin. Ger Murphy (accordion), Andrew O'Connell (fiddle), Liam Forde (banjo), Micheál Creedon (bass, keyboards).
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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 #19 in [Sc] Scottish Fiddle Tunes. [available]
As tune #160 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2.
As tune #1 in volume 4 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On page 264 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As tune #18 in [DM 2] Dave Mallinson. 100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes. [available]
As reel #99 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
In [FMH] Tom Hastings. The Feis Musicians Handbook [sic].
As reel #49 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 the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1903