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Tune ID#1830 (Star of Munster)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Star of Munster about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MGm (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Star of Munster, The / Star of Munster / Star Munster / The Bright Star of Munster / Birds in the Bushes / Kitty's Wishes / The Greenfields of America / The Eight O'Clock Train (2nd in set O'Dowd's Favourite Reel Medley on IDM 1; 3rd in set Destitution on EI 2; 3rd in set The Glenafton Hornpipe on Fdl 1) (also 2nd part or both parts singled, also in G or E Dorian, or in G or A Mixolydian)

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
19163#3
[JKm] John J. Kimmel. John J. Kimmel. Early Recordings of Irish Traditional Dance Music. John J. Kimmel (accordion).
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19224#2
[IDM 1] Irish Dance Music. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
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19268#2
[LR 1] Leo Rowsome. Classics of Irish Piping. Leo Rowsome (pipes).
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19376#2
[MG] Milestone at the Garden. Irish Fiddle Masters from the 78 RPM Era. Hugh Gillespie (fiddle).
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~19562#2
[Rnys] The Raineys. The Raineys. Paddy Rainey (fiddle), Stephen Rainey (fiddle), Bridie 'Biddy' Rainey (vocals). For this tune: Stephen Rainey (fiddle).
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~19629#2
[BG 1] Bobby Gardiner. Memories of Clare. Bobby Gardiner (accordion).
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19642.1#1
[MGm] Michael Gorman. The Sligo Champion. The Fiddle Music of County Sligo. Michael Gorman (fiddle, vocals).
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196618#2
[BC 3] Bobby Casey. The Spirit of West Clare. Bobby Casey (fiddle, whistle).
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~196720#1
[PKlly] Patrick Kelly. Patrick Kelly From Cree. Fiddle Music. Patrick Kelly (fiddle).
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19719#1
[TPtts] Tommy Potts. The Liffey Banks. Tommy Potts (fiddle).
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~197112#2
[BC 3] Bobby Casey. The Spirit of West Clare. Bobby Casey (fiddle, whistle). For this tune: with Sean Casey (mandolin).
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~197214#1
[BHCMoher] Sean Ryan, Kathleen Ryan, Pat Lyons. Back Home to the Cliffs of Mohir [sic]. Sean Ryan (fiddle), Pat Lyons (accordion), Kathleen Ryan (piano).
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~19761#2
[KClns 1] Kathleen Collins. Traditional Music of Ireland. Kathleen Collins (fiddle).
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~19774#2
[FG 1] Frankie Gavin and Alec Finn. Frankie Gavin and Alec Finn. Frankie Gavin (fiddle, whistle), Alec Finn (bouzouki).
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19781.18#1
[SRyan C] Seán Ryan. A Collection of His Own Compositions and His Versions of Well Known Traditional Tunes. Seán Ryan (fiddle).
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~197812#3
[IT 2] The Irish Tradition. The Corner House. Billy McComiskey (accordion), Brendan Mulvihill (fiddle), Andy O'Brien (guitar, vocals). For this tune: with Mick Moloney (banjo).
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~19785#1
[KB Cap] Kevin Burke. If the Cap Fits. Kevin Burke (fiddle).
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~1978A.7#2
[MMu] Martin Mulvihill with Mick Moloney. Traditional Irish Fiddling from County Limerick. Martin Mulvihill (fiddle).
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19804#2
[FtE] Dolores Keane and John Faulkner with Eamonn Curran. Farewell to Erin (Farewell to Éirinn). Instruments not specified: Dolores Keane (vocals, etc.), John Faulkner (vocals, etc.), Eamonn Curran (pipes, etc.). For this tune: Eamonn Curran (pipes).
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~1980A.1#1
[Boys 8] Boys of the Lough. Regrouped. Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathal McConnell (flute, whistle, vocals), Dave Richardson (concertina, mandolin, cittern), Tich Richardson (guitar). For this tune: 1st time Aly (fiddle), then with (flute), and later also (banjo).
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~198616#1
[HMSP] Joe Burke, Michael Cooney, Terry Corcoran. Happy to Meet and Sorry to Part. Joe Burke (accordion), Michael Cooney (pipes, whistle), Terry Corcoran (guitar, vocals). For this tune: Joe Burke (accordion).
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19872#1
[WmSullvn] William Sullivan. Traditional Irish Music. William Sullivan (accordion).
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~19918#1
[BT] Baal Tinne. . . . About Time. Noel Rice (flute, whistle), Kevin Rice (bodhrán, percussion), Cathleen Rice (fiddle), Matt Sundstrom (guitar), Paul Cienniwa (piano, keyboards). For this tune: 1st time Noel Rice (flute).
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19925#1
[MH 1] Martin Hayes. Martin Hayes. Martin Hayes (fiddle).
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~199411#6
[NMCMM] The Northern Meeting. Celtic Music in Milwaukee.
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19958#3
[EI 2] Eileen Ivers. Wild Blue. Eileen Ivers (fiddle), John Doyle (guitar), Tom 'T-Bone' Wolk (organ, accordion, guitar, bass), Ben Wittman (drums), Kimati Dinizulu (percussion).
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~19978#3
[GL1] The Dance Music of Ireland. Jigs and Reels. The Irish Tradition.
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19981#3
[CFF 2] Kevin Burke / Johnny Cunningham / Christian Lemaître / Soïg Siberil. Celtic Fiddle Festival Encore. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Johnny Cunningham (fiddle), Christian Lemaître (fiddle), Soïg Siberil (guitar). For this tune: Kevin.
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~199817#2
[MMR 2] Mike and Mary Rafferty. The Old Fireside Music. Mike Rafferty (flute, pipes), Mary Rafferty (accordion, whistle). For this tune: Mary (accordion), Mike (flute).
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19993#3
[JWh 8] John Whelan. Celtic Roots. John Whelan (accordion).
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199912#1
[GCJR] Gerard Commane and Joe Ryan with Eoin O'Neill. Two Gentlemen of Clare Music. Gerard Commane (concertina), Joe Ryan (fiddle). For this tune: Gerdie Commane (concertina).
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~19999#2
[NVall 1] Niall Vallely. Beyond Words. Niall Vallely (concertina, keyboard). For this tune: (C#/G# concertina).
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~20046#2
[JK 4] James Kelly. Melodic Journeys. James Kelly (fiddle).
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~200812#3
[Fdl 1] Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, Aidan O'Donnell. Fidil. Ciarán Ó Maonaigh (fiddle), Aidan O'Donnell (fiddle).
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~20085#2
[HiBs 1] The HiBs. 40 Acre Notch. Jode Dowling (fiddle), Kate Dowling (whistle, flute). For this tune: Jode (fiddles).
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~201011#1
[GMrphy] Gráinne Murphy. Short Stories. Gráinne Murphy (fiddle).
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~201112#2
[BODFam] Bríd O'Donohue and Family. Cliabhán an Dúchais. Bríd O'Donohue (flute, whistle), Seán O'Brien (flute), Eibhlís O'Brien (pipes), Deirdre O'Brien (harp), Liam O'Brien (concertina), Sinéad O'Brien (fiddle). For this tune: Sinéad O'Brien (fiddle).
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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 #1218 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #495 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #136 in volume 1 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #49 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." [available]
As tune #64 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
On page 99 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 265 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
On page 10 of [TP] Tommy Peoples. Fifty Irish Fiddle Tunes. [available]
On page 6 of [SK] Sean Keane. Fifty Fiddle Solos. [available]
As tune #44 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 62 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 62 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 103 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #318 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #5 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): 1903