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Tune ID#1786 (Smell of the Bog)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Smell of the Bog about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JB 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Smell of the Bog, The / The Scent of the Bog (as reel on LN 2)
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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).
~19736#2
[JB 2] Joe Burke with Charlie Lennon. Traditional Music of Ireland. Joe Burke (accordion), with Charlie Lennon (piano).
~19976#1
[BBg 2] Brendan Begley. We Won't Go Home 'til Morning. Brendan Begley (accordion, melodeon, vocals). For this tune: (accordion), with Dermot McLaughlin (fiddle).
~199816#1
[LN 2] Laurence Nugent. Two for Two. Laurence Nugent (flute, whistle). For this tune: (C whistle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Cuckoo
JB 2
Played beforeOn Albums
An Gasúr Mór
BBg 2
Wind that Shakes the Barley
LN 2

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 #51 in volume 2 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As hp #33 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #95 in [DM 3] Dave Mallinson. 100 Evergreen Irish Session Tunes. [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): 1973