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Tune ID#1625 (Queen of the Rushes)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Queen of the Rushes about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording SWW (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig48AABBCCD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Queen of the Rushes, The / Queen of the Rushes / Banríon na Luachra / The Chorus Jig / The Battering Ram / The Ladies March to the Ballroom / Bridging the Gap (mislabeled on MRaf as The Bower) (also in C or G; compare 1st 2 parts with Ladies March to the Ballroom #6911; compare 3rd part with 2nd part of Paddy Doory's Fancy #4740)
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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
19821#1
[Plx 7] Planxty. Words and Music. Christy Moore (guitar, vocals, bodhrán), Andy Irvine (bouzouki, mandolin, vocals, harmonica), Liam O'Flynn (pipes, whistle), Donal Lunny (guitar, bouzouki, bowed psaltery, spinet, dulcimer, bodhrán, synthesizer). For this tune: Liam (pipes).
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~19829#2
[TP 4] Tommy Peoples. The Iron Man. Tommy Peoples (fiddle).
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~198811#1
[SWW] Ronan Browne and Peter O'Loughlin. The South West Wind. Traditional Music from County Clare. Ronan Browne (pipes), Peter O'Loughlin (fiddle). For this tune: Peter (flute).
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~199314#1
[JKn 3] James Keane. That's the Spirit. James Keane (accordion).
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~200416#1
[MRaf] Mike Rafferty. Speed 78. Mike Rafferty (flute, pipes). For this tune: (C# pipes).
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~200411#1
[TTItself] Maeve Donnelly and Peadar O'Loughlin. The Thing Itself. Maeve Donnelly (fiddle), Peadar O'Loughlin (flute).
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~20051.11#1
[WFO 3] Wooden Flute Obsession 3. Brid O'Donohue (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 #31 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
As jig #78 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 105 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On pages 176-177 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As jig #103 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As jig #27 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
As tune #172 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [available]
As tune #173 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [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): 1963