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Tune ID#179 (Bloom of Youth)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Bloom of Youth about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BtB (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Bloom of Youth, The / Bláth na hÓige / Tansey's Favorite / Tansey's Favourite / Rogha Mhic an Tánaiste / Tansey Reels / The Downshire Reel / Gardiner's Favourite / J J Gardiners [J J Gardiner's] / Lucky in Love (1st in The Bloom of Youth Set on PttW) (also 1st part doubled, also in A)
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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).
19341#1
[BtB] Paddy Killoran, James Morrison. From Ballymote to Brooklyn. Paddy Killoran (fiddle), James Morrison (fiddle). For this tune: Paddy Killoran (fiddle).
19342.6#2
[JMcK] John McKenna. The Music and Life of John McKenna. 'The Buck from the Mountain'. John McKenna (flute, whistle, lilting, vocals). For this tune: (flute).
~196210#2
[BG 1] Bobby Gardiner. Memories of Clare. Bobby Gardiner (accordion).
19668#5
[BC 3] Bobby Casey. The Spirit of West Clare. Bobby Casey (fiddle, whistle).
~19711.9#2
~19794#2
[Plx 5] Planxty. After the Break. Christy Moore (vocals, guitar, harmonium, bodhrán), Donal Lunny (blarge, guitar), Andy Irvine (vocals, mandolin, mandola, hurdy gurdy, bouzouki), Liam O'Flynn (pipes, whistle), Matt Molloy (flute, whistle).
~19846#1
[KB UC] Kevin Burke. Up Close. Kevin Burke (fiddle). For this tune: with Matt Molloy (flute).
~19961#1
[JCt 2] John Carty. Last Night's Fun. John Carty (fiddle, banjo, flute).
~19976#4
[WyndTrn] Dan Healy and Ciaran O'Raghallaigh. The Wyndy Turn. Dan Healy (flute), Ciaran O Raghallaigh (fiddle).
20001.11#2
[LaL] Lámh ar Lámh. Many Hands. Patsy Hanley (flute).
~20028#2
[AFL] Michael McGoldrick and John McSherry. At First Light. Michael McGoldrick (flute, whistle, pipes, bodhrán), John McSherry (pipes, whistle). For this tune: Michael (low whistle, pipes), John (low whistle, pipes).
~20031#3
[MMlvy] Mick Mulvey. Within a Mile o' Jamestown. Mick Mulvey (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
~200714#1
[PttW] Matt Molloy and John Carty with Arty McGlynn. Pathway to the Well. Matt Molloy (flute), John Carty (fiddle), Arty McGlynn (guitar).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Lucky in Love
JMcK, WyndTrn, LaL, MMlvy
Pretty Girls of Mayo
BG 1
Woman of the House
BC 3
Blackberry Blossom
Plx 5
John Dwyer's
FTIM
Jimmy Batty's
AFL
Played beforeOn Albums
Heather Breeze
BtB, JCt 2
Graf Spee
BC 3
Dairy Maid
Plx 5
Molloy's
KB UC
McGovern's Favourite
PttW

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 #1215 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #492 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #136 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
On page 99 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As reel #18 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As reel #16 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