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Tune ID#1434 (Oak Tree)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Oak 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 TP 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel40AABBCD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Oak Tree, The / An Crann Darach /[mislabeled in CRE 2 as:] Bean a' Tí ar Lár [instead of:] The Old Oak Tree / An Seanchrann Darach / Old Simon's Hornpipe (1st in set The Nine Points of Roguery on Boys 3; 3rd in set Phil Cunningham Set on SS 1; 1st in set Tree Reels on FullSt 1) (also in E, also with 3rd part doubled, also as hornpipe)
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Discography cd

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).
197412#1
[Boys 3] Boys of the Lough. Live at Passim. Dave Richardson (mandolin, banjo), Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathal McDonnell [sic for: Cathal McConnell] (flute, whistle), Robin Morton (bodhrán, concertina).
~197415#2
[JD 5] John Doherty. The Floating Bow. John Doherty (fiddle).
~19761#1
[TP 2] Tommy Peoples and Paul Brady. The High Part of the Road. Tommy Peoples (fiddle), Paul Brady (guitar).
~197711#1
[ECst] Traditional Irish Music in America. The East Coast. Maureen Fitzpatrick (fiddle).
~19896#1
[FG 3] Frankie Gavin. Frankie Goes to Town. Frankie Gavin (fiddle, flute).
~199113#3
[SS 1] Sharon Shannon. Sharon Shannon. Sharon Shannon (accordion, fiddle).
~20052.19#1
[VCbl] Vincent Campbell. The Purple Heather. Vincent Campbell (fiddle).
20111#1
[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 Michael (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Within a Mile of Dublin
JD 5
Jean's Reel
SS 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Nine Points of Roguery
Boys 3
Pinch of Snuff
TP 2
Laurel Tree
FullSt 1

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 #133 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As tune #193 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As tune #50 in volume 1 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On page 204 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As tune #9 in [DM 3] Dave Mallinson. 100 Evergreen Irish Session Tunes. [available]
As reel #247 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): 1966