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Tune ID#1707 (Rose Tree)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Rose 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 OTPR (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Polka32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Rose Tree, The / The Rose Tree in Full Bearing / Little Mary Cullinan / Moirin ni Chuileannain / Maureen from Giberland / Maureen from Gibberland / Bhíosa Lá bPort Láirge / Bhíos-sa Lá i bPortlairge / Cups and Saucers / I'd Mourn the Hopes that Leave Me / Forgive the Muse that Slumbered / Phelim O'Neill / Nancy Hogan's Goose / Moore's Favorite / The Irish Lilt / The Gimlet / The Old Lea Rigg / The Lilted March (3rd in set Irish Polkas on OTPR; 3rd in set Selection 2 on GCB 2; for dance The Waves of Tory in book A; for dance Walls of Limerick in book MM) (also as single reel, song, or march; also in A or G)
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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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[OTPR] Oldtime Records. Vol. 3. Piping Rarities. Tom Ennis (pipes), John Gerrity (fiddle).
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[IDM 1] Irish Dance Music. McConnell's Four Leaf Shamrocks.
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[SDI 2] Set Dances of Ireland. Volume II. Denis McMahon (fiddle), Paudy Scully (flute), Timmy O'Connor (melodeon), Michael Tubridy (flute), Tommy McCarthy (concertina), Eamon McGivney (fiddle).
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[BG 5] Bobby Gardiner. The Clare Shout. Bobby Gardiner (melodeon, lilting). For this tune: (lilting, vocals), with Ann Gardiner (lilting), Lynda Gardiner (lilting, vocals).
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[HB 1] Harry Bradley. Bad Turns and Horse-Shoe Bends. Harry Bradley (flute). For this tune: (high Bb flute).
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[DLB] Donncha Lynch Band. Timmy 'the Brit' McCarthy's Set Dances of Cork and Kerry. Donncha Lynch (accordion), Aogan Lynch (concertina), Ronan Lynch (fiddle), Donncha Lynch, Jr. (guitar).
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[GCB 2] The Glenside. Take the Floor with The Glenside. Tom Flood (accordion), Johnny Duffy (banjo), Moyra Fraser (keyboard, vocals), Aidan Flood (drums).
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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 #277 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #120#3 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." [available]
On page 20 of [RW] Robin Williamson. The Penny Whistle Book. [available]
As tune #54 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
On page 235 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As misc #34 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 49 of [SLoP] Paul Deloughery. Sliabh Luachra on Parade.
As tune #77 in [IBPS] Pat Conway. Ireland's Best Polkas and Slides. [available]
As polka #49 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): 1903