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Tune ID#1601 (Plough and the Stars)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Plough and the Stars about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording RT 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Plough and the Stars, The (also in C) (2nd in set Gort to Texas to Honolulu on RT 1; 2nd in set Belles of Tipperary on CBdts 2) (composed by Larry Redican)
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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).
~19951#2
[RT 1] Reeltime. Reeltime. Máirin Fahy (fiddle, vocals), Éilís Egan (accordion), Chris Kelly (guitar), Benny Hayes (piano, keyboards, ukelele, vocals).
~19952.5#2
19972#1
[Beg 1] Beginish. Beginish. Paul McGrattan (flute), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle), Brendan Begley (accordion, vocals), Noel O'Grady (bouzouki).
199812#2
[PS 7] Patrick Street. Live from Patrick Street. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Jackie Daly (accordion), Andy Irvine (vocals, bouzouki, mandolin, hurdy-gurdy, harmonica), Ged Foley (guitar, fiddle).
~199912#2
[CBdts 2] The Céilí Bandits. Hangin' at the Crossroads. Yvonne Casey (fiddle), Eoin O'Neill (bouzouki), Quentin Cooper (mandolin, didgeridoo). For this tune: Yvonne (fiddle), with Kevin Griffin (banjo).
~20061.15#3
[WFO 3] Wooden Flute Obsession 3. Seamus Mac Conaonaigh (flute).
201514#2
[BBow 4] Buttons and Bows. The Return of Spring. Jackie Daly (accordion), Séamus McGuire (fiddle, viola), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Garry O'Briain (guitar, mandocello, piano).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Master McDermott's
RT 1, GL20
Tinker's Daughter
PS 7
Belles of Tipperary
CBdts 2
Fair-Haired Boy
WFO 3
Bride's to Bed
BBow 4
Played beforeOn Albums
Langton's Favorite
RT 1, GL20
Kilfenora Reel
Beg 1
Miss McLeod
PS 7
Cape Breton Fiddler's Welcome to Shetland
CBdts 2
Dairy Maid
BBow 4

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 reel #203 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.

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): 1986