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Tune ID#157 (Bird's Nest)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Bird's Nest about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording PO 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Bird's Nest, The (3rd in set Pretty Peg Reels on A HS; 3rd in set Pretty Peg on A FTY; 1st in set An Nead Scamallach on MMcAly 2) [This tune is not (yet?) part of the Irish tradition, but belongs rather to Cape Breton music.]
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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).
~198810#2
[PO 1] Paddy O'Brien with Daíthi Sproule. Stranger at the Gate. Paddy O'Brien (accordion).
19911#3
[A HS] Altan. Harvest Storm. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle, vocals), Frankie Kennedy (flute, whistle, vocals), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle), Ciaran Tourish (fiddle, whistle, vocals), Mark Kelly (guitar, vocals), Ciaran Curran (bouzouki, bouzouki-guitar).
19911#3
[A FTY] Altan. The First Ten Years 1986/1995. see A HS.
~201613#1
[MMcAly 2] Mick McAuley. Highs and Bellows. Mick McAuley (accordion, vocals, guitar).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
New Ships A Sailing
A HS, A FTY
Traveller
PO 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Man from Bundoran
A HS, A FTY
Moving Cloud
MMcAly 2

Bibliography

According to my research, there are zero transcriptions that are musically very similar to this tune anywhere in the indexed books, regardless of tune title. Try my recommended links to other indexes if you need a transcription. To learn to play this tune, simply learn it from another musician or study the recording(s) listed above. See also: Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music.

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1988