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Tune ID#750 (Gooseberry Bush)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Gooseberry Bush about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording CW (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel48AABBCCD Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Gooseberry Bush, The / An Tor Spíonán

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
~19782#2
[PJHrn 1] P.J. Hernon. P.J. Hernon. P.J. Hernon (accordion, melodeon). For this tune: (accordion).
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~19804#1
[MMlny 2] Mick Moloney. Strings Attached. Mick Moloney (banjo, mandolin, guitar). For this tune: (mandolin).
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~19856#1
[CW] Matt Molloy and Sean Keane. Contentment Is Wealth. Matt Molloy (flute), Sean Keane (fiddle).
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~199113#2
[PG 2] Paddy Glackin. Rabharta Ceoil. In Full Spate. Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Dónal Lunny (bouzouki, guitar, bodhrán).
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~20015#3
[Beg 2] Beginish. Stormy Weather. Brendan Begley (accordion, vocals), Noel O'Grady (bouzouki), Paul McGrattan (flute, whistle), Gavin Ralston (guitar, keyboards), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle).
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~20027#1
[MaRaf] Mary Rafferty. Hand-Me-Downs. Mary Rafferty (accordion, concertina, flute, whistle). For this tune: (accordion), with Dónal Clancy (guitar).
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~20055#2
[CTL 11] Cherish the Ladies. Woman of the House. Joanie Madden (flute, whistle, harmony vocals), Mary Coogan (guitar, mandolin, banjo, banjitar, octave mandolin), Heidi Talbot (vocals), Roisin Dillon (fiddle), Mirella Murray (accordion). For this tune: with Liz Kane (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 #1252 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #262 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2.
As tune #27 in [P50] Brian and Eithne Vallely. Play 50 Reels. [available]
As reel #117 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As reel #52 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
As tune #64 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): 1903