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Tune ID#818 (Heather Breeze)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Heather Breeze about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BtB (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Heather Breeze, The / Heather Breeze / The Heathery Breeze / Heathery Breeze / The Heath'ry Breeze / Leoithne an Fhraoigh / Feochán an Fhraoich / The Heathery Braes / The Heathery Braes of Ballyhealey / The Heather Braes of Ballyhealy / The Heather Bloom / Coppers and Brass / Coppers & Brass / Coppers of Brass / Limerick Lasses / The Limerick Lasses / Lady's Pantaloons / The Ladies' Pantaloons / Ladies Pantaloons / The Humours of Appletown / The Dublin Lasses / The Green Fields of Erin / McNamara's Reel / McNamara's / Fitzmaurice's Flight / An Old Reel (3rd in set Gerry's Set on Dnu 5) (also doubled; also with a 3rd part; also in D or A) (compare setting in E Dorian #3378 and compare Crossing the Fields)

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
19211.13#1
[PJConlon] Peter J. Conlon. The Genius of Peter Conlon. 78 RPM Recordings from 1917-1929. Peter J. Conlon (melodeon).
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19217#1
[OTUS1] Oldtime Records. Vol. 1. U.S. Recordings. Traditional Irish Recordings from the 1920's and 1930's. P. J. Conlon (melodeon).
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19341#2
[BtB] Paddy Killoran, James Morrison. From Ballymote to Brooklyn. Paddy Killoran (fiddle), James Morrison (fiddle). For this tune: Paddy Killoran (fiddle).
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19371#2
[LR 1] Leo Rowsome. Classics of Irish Piping. Leo Rowsome (pipes).
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~196931#1
[McDoB] The McDonaghs of Ballinafad and Friends Play Traditional Music of Sligo. Larry McDonagh (flute), Michael Joe McDonagh (fiddle).
Go to Album
19721.18#2
[MGm] Michael Gorman. The Sligo Champion. The Fiddle Music of County Sligo. Michael Gorman (fiddle, vocals). For this tune: Gerry Wimsey (whistle).
Go to Album
19742#1
[RF] Miko, Pakie and Gussie Russell. The Russell Family of Doolin, County Clare. Miko Russell (whistle, flute, vocals), Gussie Russell (whistle), Pakie Russell (concertina). For this tune: Pakie (concertina), Miko (flute).
Go to Album
19755#1
[JnKlly] John Kelly. Irish Traditional Concertina and Fiddle Music. John Kelly (concertina, fiddle). For this tune: (concertina).
Go to Album
197722#1
[JD 4] John Doherty. Bundle and Go. John Doherty (fiddle).
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~197816#2
[ItS] In the Smoke. John Doonan (piccolo).
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~19789#2
[PJHrn 1] P.J. Hernon. P.J. Hernon. P.J. Hernon (accordion, melodeon). For this tune: (G melodeon).
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~19813#1
[MM 2] Matt Molloy. Heathery Breeze. Matt Molloy (flute). For this tune: (Bb flute).
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~19817#2
[CtL] Peg McGrath, Mary Mulholland, Kathleen Smyth. Cherish the Ladies. Disc 9 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music. Peg McGrath (flute), Kathleen Smyth (fiddle), Mary Mulholland (piano).
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~19875#1
[BBg 1] Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich. Seana Choirce. Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich (accordion, melodeon). For this tune: (C melodeon).
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~19891.1#2
[JK 1] James Kelly. "Capel Street". James Kelly (fiddle).
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~19963#2
[DByrn] Dermot Byrne. Dermot Byrne. Dermot Byrne (accordion). For this tune: (D melodeon).
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~19961#2
[JCt 2] John Carty. Last Night's Fun. John Carty (fiddle, banjo, flute).
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~199825#1
[BG 5] Bobby Gardiner. The Clare Shout. Bobby Gardiner (melodeon, lilting). For this tune: (D melodeon).
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~199816#3
[MvC 2] Moving Cloud. Foxglove. Paul Brock (accordion), Maeve Donnelly (fiddle), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhrán), Carl Hession (piano). For this tune: with Gerry O'Connor (banjo).
Go to Album
19994#3
[JWh 8] John Whelan. Celtic Roots. John Whelan (accordion).
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~200012#1
[CLnn 1] Charlie Lennon. Time for a Tune. Charlie Lennon (fiddle, piano, drum).
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~20027#3
[EON] Eoin O'Neill. In Session. Eoin O'Neill (bouzouki, fiddle). For this tune: Tara Connaghan (fiddle).
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~20022.1#2
[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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200411#3
[Dnu 5] Danú. When All Is Said and Done. Donal Clancy (guitar, electric bass), Donnchadh Gough (bodhrán, pipes), Tom Doorley (flute, whistle, vocals), Eamon Doorley (bouzouki, fiddle), Oisin McAuley (fiddle, vocals), Benny McCarthy (accordion), Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh (vocals, whistle, flute).
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20092#3
[LBCK] Kevin Griffin, Eoin O'Neill, Quentin Cooper. Live at the Burren Centre, Kilfenora. Kevin Griffin (banjo), Eoin O'Neill (bouzouki), Quentin Cooper (mandolin, banjo). For this tune: Kevin (banjo).
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20103#1
[MCrJD] Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly. The Living Stream. Matt Cranitch (fiddle), Jackie Daly (accordion). For this tune: 1st time Jackie Daly (accordion).
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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 #779 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #61 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." [available]
As tune #149 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2.
On pages 43-44 of [TOC] Tomás Ó Canainn. Traditional Music in Ireland. [available]
On page 15 of [MR] Barbara Wygol (tunes), Jenny Loui (text). The Piper's Chair. A Collection of Tunes and Folklore from Micho Russell.
As reel #365 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #148 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [available]
As tune #12 in [DM 4] Dave Mallinson. 100 Vital Irish Session Tunes. [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): 1907