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Tune ID#1108 (Laurel Tree)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Laurel Tree about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BB 2 (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):
Laurel Tree, The / Laurel Tree / The Laurel Bush / Laurel Bush / Castlebar Traveler / The Castlebar Traveller / Taistealaí Chaisleán an Bharraigh / The Castlebar Tramp (2nd in set Tree Reels on FullSt 1) (mislabeled as Michael Gorman's on some BB 2 reissues) (2nd in set The Lost Indian on DOEI) (compare Ceo na gCnoc #4457 and Tullaghan Lassies #5485, compare 1st part with 1st part of Gossan that Beat His Father #288, and compare 2nd part with 2nd part of Laurel Tree #3672)
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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 (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
19278#3
~197116#1
[BC 3] Bobby Casey. The Spirit of West Clare. Bobby Casey (fiddle, whistle). For this tune: (whistle).
197612#3
[BB 2] The Bothy Band. Old Hag You Have Killed Me. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Matt Molloy (flute, whistle), Kevin Burke (fiddle), Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill (vocals, clavinet, harmonium), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (vocals, guitar), Donal Lunny (vocals, bouzouki, guitar, bodhrán). For this tune: 1st 2 times Matt Molloy (flute).
19766#2
[BB 6] The Bothy Band. Live in Concert. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Matt Molloy (flute), Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Peter Browne (pipes), Dónal Lunny (bouzouki), Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill (vocals, clavinet), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (vocals, guitar).
1978B.2#1
[ECahill] Eddie Cahill. Ah! Surely. Eddie Cahill (flute).
~19782.4#3
[Boys 7] Boys of the Lough. Wish You Were Here. Highlands and Islands Tour. Dave Richardson (mandolin, banjo), Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathal McConnell (flute, whistle), Robin Morton (bodhrán, concertina). For this tune: Cathal (whistle).
~19862.3#2
[RtH] Round the House. Music for the Sets - Vol. 1. Neillidh Mulligan (C# pipes), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle).
19923#4
~199215#2
[PHt] Parson's Hat. The Better Match. Bríd Ní Chatháin (harp, vocals), Fred Johnston (guitar, vocals, mandolin), Janet Sutton (whistle), Paul Wilkins (piano accordion, whistle, keyboards, piano).
~199315#2
[MB 2] Mary Bergin. Feadóga Stáin 2. Mary Bergin (whistle). For this tune: with Joe McKenna (pipes).
~199314#2
~19988#2
[Cian] Cian. Three Shouts from a Hill. Brian Duke (flute), Padraig Rynne (concertina), Tim Murry (guitar, vocals), Damien Quinn (bodhrán, percussion).
199911#2
[GCJR] Gerard Commane and Joe Ryan with Eoin O'Neill. Two Gentlemen of Clare Music. Gerard Commane (concertina), Joe Ryan (fiddle).
~199920#3
[MtRd] The Mountain Road. A Compilation of Tunes Popular in South Sligo. Michael Hurley (flute), Mairead Hurley (flute), with Jim Corry (piano).
~20053#2
[LCJD 1] Liz Carroll and John Doyle. In Play. Liz Carroll (fiddle), John Doyle (guitar, bouzouki).
~20067#3
[CrnrHs 2] Corner House. The Friendly Visit. Davey Mathias (guitar), Andi Hearn (fiddle, vocals). For this tune: Andi (fiddle), Jeff Thomas (concertina).
200913#1
[Hmmrs] The Hammers. From Distant Shores. Paul Hammer (mandolin, banjo), Susan Hammer (whistle, concertina). For this tune: (whistle).
~20099#2
[PCrbry] Peter Carberry. Traditional Irish Music from Co. Longford. Peter Carberry (accordion, banjo, tenor guitar). For this tune: (banjo), with Angelina Carberry (banjo).
20111#2
[FullSt 1] FullSet. Notes at Liberty. Seán McCarthy (pipes, whistle), Michael Harrison (fiddle), Janine Redmond (accordion), Teresa Hogan (vocals, flute), Eamonn Moloney (bodhrán), Andrew Meaney (guitar). For this tune: 1st time Janine (accordion).
~201110#1
[BODFam] Bríd O'Donohue and Family. Cliabhán an Dúchais. Bríd O'Donohue (flute, whistle), Seán O'Brien (flute), Eibhlís O'Brien (pipes), Deirdre O'Brien (harp), Liam O'Brien (concertina), Sinéad O'Brien (fiddle). For this tune: Bríd O'Donohue (whistle), Deirdre O'Brien (whistle), Sinéad O'Brien (whistle).
~201313#1
[HB 4] Harry Bradley. The First of May. Harry Bradley (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
~20143#1
[LoMulc 1] Louise Mulcahy. Tuning the Road. Louise Mulcahy (flute, pipes, whistle). For this tune: (Eb 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 musical matches to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #35 in [SIMB] Tony Sullivan. Sully's Irish Music Book. [available]
As tune #32 in [P50] Brian and Eithne Vallely. Play 50 Reels. [available]
As reel #418 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
As reel #61 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [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): 1927