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Tune ID#647 (Flowers of Edinburgh)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Flowers of Edinburgh about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JCt 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Flowers of Edinburgh / The Flower of Edinburgh / Flower of Donnybrook / The Flower of Donnybrook / Flowers of Donnybrook / Cois lasadh / My Love Was Once a Bonnie Lad / My Love was Once a Bonny Lad / Rossaviel / To the Battle Men of Erin / To the Battle, Men of Erin (also as barndance or reel)

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
~19746#1
[KCB 3] [The Kilfenora Ceili Band]. [The Kilfenora Céilí Band].
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~19943#1
[JCt 1] John Carty and Brian McGrath. The Cat that Ate the Candle. John Carty (banjo, fiddle), Brian McGrath (piano, banjo).
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~19989#1
[FFH] Far From Home. Tri. Turner Collins (accordion, whistle, vocals), Bob Newton (octave mandolin, mandocello, bodhrán, vocals), Daithi Wolfe (fiddle). For this tune: Turner Collins (whistle).
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20007#2
[MOR 1] Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. The Nervous Man. Traditional Irish Music on Concertina. Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
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~20058#2
[CTrsh] Ciaran Tourish. Down the Line. Ciaran Tourish (fiddle, whistle).
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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 #1746 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #920 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #88 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
On page 208 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 16 of [Ba] Betty M. Barlow. Fiddle Tunes for the Violinist. [available]
On page 109 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As tune #19 in [DM 2] Dave Mallinson. 100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 202 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As hp #23 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