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Tune ID#648 (Flowers of Limerick)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Flowers of Limerick about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JB 3 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Flowers of Limerick, The / The Mills Are Grinding / Cronin's Favorite / The Bunch of Keys / The Boys of the Spuds / The Ewe with the Crooked Horn / Paddy on the Turnpike / Patty on the Turnpike / Paddy on the Handcar / The Last House in Connaught (2nd in set Ballinakill Reels on GCJR) (also in A Dorian, also in G Mixolydian, also with 2 more parts added in the form of variations on the 1st 2 parts) (compare The Bunch of Keys #245 which is very close except that it has a unique 3rd part, and compare The Mills Are Grinding #2378)

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.

Click play to hear the first 12 seconds.
Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title. Performers (instruments). Go to album
~19201.7#1
[PJConlon] Peter J. Conlon. The Genius of Peter Conlon. 78 RPM Recordings from 1917-1929. Peter J. Conlon (melodeon).
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~1947B.5#1
[JDrn] Johnny Doran. The Bunch of Keys. Johnny Doran (pipes).
Go to Album
~195810#2
[TDMI] Traditional Dance Music of Ireland. The Jimmy Hogan Trio.
Go to Album
~19674#1
[PKlly] Patrick Kelly. Patrick Kelly From Cree. Fiddle Music. Patrick Kelly (fiddle).
Go to Album
19751#1
[JnKlly] John Kelly. Irish Traditional Concertina and Fiddle Music. John Kelly (concertina, fiddle). For this tune: (concertina).
Go to Album
197815#2
[KKgn] Kevin Keegan. The Music of Kevin Keegan. Kevin Keegan (accordion).
Go to Album
~19784#1
[Dbl] Paddy Glackin and Paddy Keenan. Doublin'. Paddy Glackin (fiddle, viola), Paddy Keenan (pipes). For this tune: Keenan.
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~19832#1
[JB 3] Joe Burke with Máire Ní Chathasaigh. The Tailor's Choice. Joe Burke (flute, whistle, accordion).
Go to Album
199018#1
[MLIIA] The Boston College Irish Fiddle Festival - My Love Is in America. Brendan Mulvihill (fiddle).
Go to Album
~199514#1
[MMR 1] Mike and Mary Rafferty. The Dangerous Reel. Mike Rafferty (flute, whistle, pipes), Mary Rafferty (accordion, flute, whistle). For this tune: Mike Rafferty (flute).
Go to Album
19962#3
[SC] Gerry Harrington, Eoghan O'Sullivan, Paul de Grae. The Smoky Chimney. Gerry Harrington (fiddle), Eoghan O'Sullivan (accordion, flute), Paul de Grae (guitar).
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~199617#2
[JOBM] Jimmy O'Brien-Moran. Seán Reid's Favourite. Jimmy O'Brien-Moran (pipes). For this tune: (B pipes).
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19992#2
[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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~20028#1
[TMIYD] Ronan Browne and Peter O'Loughlin. Touch Me If You Dare. Ronan Browne (pipes, flute), Peter O'Loughlin (fiddle, flute). For this tune: Peter O'Loughlin (Eb flute), Maeve Donnelly (fiddle).
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~20062.7#1
[WFO 3] Wooden Flute Obsession 3. Eileen Hassett (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 #1555 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #768 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #140 in volume 1 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #60 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." [available]
On page 213 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
On page 214 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
On page 214 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
On page 59 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As reel #53 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #153 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [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