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Tune ID#4339 (Swans among the Rushes)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Swans among the Rushes about these two bars
These two bars are quoted from the transcription in the book ER (details in the Bibliography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Swans among the Rushes / The Swans among the Rushes / The Swan's among the Rushes / Na hEalaí I measc na nGiolcach / The Flock of Wild Geese / Flight of Wild Geese (3rd in set Reavey's on SWlsh 3) (composed by Ed Reavy)

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
~197923#1
[MER] The Music of Ed Reavy. Brendan Mulvihill (fiddle), Billy McComiskey (accordion).
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~19859#2
[IT 3] The Irish Tradition. The Times We've Had. Billy McComiskey (accordion), Brendan Mulvihill (fiddle), Andy O'Brien (guitar, vocals).
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~19868#2
[SEgn 1] Seamus Egan. Traditional Music of Ireland. Seamus Egan (flute, banjo, mandolin, whistle, pipes, tres). For this tune: Seamus (mandolin), Siobhan (fiddle).
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~19961#3
[SWlsh 3] Seamus Walshe. Clare Accordion. Seamus Walshe (accordion).
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~199812#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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~200812#3
[BCw 2] Brian Conway. Consider the Source. Brian Conway (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 #82 in [ER] Joseph M. Reavy (compiler). The Collected Compositions of Ed Reavy. [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): 1979