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Tune ID#540 (Down the Broom)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Down the Broom about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording OTUS1 (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):
Down the Broom / Leag Uait an Scuab / Lay Aside the Broom / Down the Broom I / Paddy Cronin's / Crosses of Annagh (compare Broomstick #3790, Jim Moore's Fancy #4139, and Follow Me Down to Galway #4336; compare 1st part with 1st part of Crosses of Annagh #421)

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
193712#1
[OTUS1] Oldtime Records. Vol. 1. U.S. Recordings. Traditional Irish Recordings from the 1920's and 1930's. Paddy Killoran (fiddle).
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195118#1
[IFM] Past Masters of Irish Fiddle Music. Michael Gorman (fiddle), Mick Flynn (flute).
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19602.10#1
[SltSdt] Seoltaí Séidte. Setting Sail. Vincent Broderick (flute).
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19681.1#1
[MGm] Michael Gorman. The Sligo Champion. The Fiddle Music of County Sligo. Michael Gorman (fiddle, vocals).
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~196913#1
[McDoB] The McDonaghs of Ballinafad and Friends Play Traditional Music of Sligo. Larry McDonagh (flute), Michael Joe McDonagh (fiddle), Tommy Flynn (fiddle).
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~197410#1
[KCB 3] [The Kilfenora Ceili Band]. [The Kilfenora Céilí Band].
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~19742.21#1
[JV] John Vesey. Sligo Fiddler. John Vesey (fiddle). For this tune: The John Vesey Trio: John Vesey (fiddle), Canice Fahy (flute), Tom Standeven (pipes).
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~197812#2
[IT 2] The Irish Tradition. The Corner House. Billy McComiskey (accordion), Brendan Mulvihill (fiddle), Andy O'Brien (guitar, vocals). For this tune: Brendan Mulvihill (fiddle), Mick Moloney (banjo).
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~19891#1
[BlaMrl] P.J. agus Marcus Hernon. Béal a' Mhurlaigh. P.J. Hernon (accordion, melodeon), Marcus Hernon (flute). For this tune: (accordion), (flute).
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19928#1
[BMu 2] Brendan Mulvihill, Donna Long. The Morning Dew. Brendan Mulvihill (fiddle), Donna Long (piano).
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~19978#2
[GL1] The Dance Music of Ireland. Jigs and Reels. The Irish Tradition.
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~19981.3#1
[ESL 1] An Evening in Sliabh Luachra. Volume One. A Collection of Traditional Music and Song from the Sliabh Luachra Area. Sheila Hewitt (whistle), Paddy Brosnan (bodhrán).
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~19996#1
[MtRd] The Mountain Road. A Compilation of Tunes Popular in South Sligo. Seamus Quinn (fiddle), James McDonagh (flute).
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~20021.3#1
[MSCB] Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton (accordion), Caroline Tubridy (fiddle), Pat Curtin (flute), Brian Morgan (flute), Ralph Morgan (banjo), George Byrt (piano), Martin Garrihy (drums).
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~20031#2
[KitRec] Seán O'Driscoll and Larry Egan. The Kitchen Recordings. Seán O'Driscoll (banjo, bouzouki), Larry Egan (accordion).
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~20077#1
[PS 9] Patrick Street. On the Fly. Kevin Burke (fiddle), John Carty (fiddle, flute, banjo), Ged Foley (guitar, vocals), Andy Irvine (mandolin, mandola, bouzouki, harmonica, vocals).
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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.
On page 65 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #77 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
As tune #11 in volume 1 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On page 90 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As tune #340 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
On page 14 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
As tune #3 in [DM 3] Dave Mallinson. 100 Evergreen Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 24 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #69 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #144 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): 1937