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Tune ID#3062 (Thrush in the Storm)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Thrush in the Storm about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MMR 3 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Thrush in the Storm, The / Thrush in the Storm / An Smólach sa Stoirm / Coming to Mind (2nd in set Thrush in the Storm on TOCAM) (composed by Mike Rafferty, although that claim may be spurious)

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
~200012#2
[MMR 3] Mike and Mary Rafferty. The Road from Ballinakill. Mike Rafferty (flute, whistle, lilting), Mary Rafferty (accordion, flute, whistle, concertina). For this tune: Mike (low A whistle), Mary (low A whistle).
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~20031.19#1
[WFO 2] Wooden Flute Obsession 2. Tom McElvogue (F flute).
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~200411#2
[TCllns 1] Tim Collins. Dancing on Silver. Tim Collins (concertina). For this tune: with Claire Griffin (accordion).
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~20051#3
[MulcFam2] Mick, Louise & Michelle Mulcahy. Notes from the Heart. Mick Mulcahy (accordion, melodeon), Louise Mulcahy (flute, pipes), Michelle Mulcahy (fiddle, concertina, harp, piano).
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~20059#2
[TOCAM] Tony O'Connell and Andy Morrow. Tony O'Connell and Andy Morrow with Arty McGlynn. Tony O'Connell (concertina), Andy Morrow (fiddle). For this tune: Andy (fiddle).
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~20061.13#1
[WFO 3] Wooden Flute Obsession 3. Frank Claudy (flute).
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~20089#2
[HiBs 1] The HiBs. 40 Acre Notch. Jode Dowling (fiddle), Kate Dowling (whistle, flute). For this tune: Jode (fiddle), Kate (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 #167 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.

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): 1963