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Tune ID#190 (Bonny Bunch of Ferns)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Bonny Bunch of Ferns about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Whr (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):
Bonny Bunch of Ferns, The / Bonny Bunch of Ferns / The Bonnie Bunch of Ferns / Nellie O'Donovan / Nellie Donovan / Nellie Donovans / Private Ass and Cart / The Private Ass and Cart / Píobaire an Chéidigh / Píobaire ón Chéideadh / Piper from 'Céideadh' / The Keady Piper / Kate Kelly's Fancy / Twin Katy's Reel / The Ravelled Hank of Yarn / Callahan's Reel / O'Keeffe's Reel / Cat that Ate the Sidecomb / Ho! Awake / Jamesy Byrne's No. 2 (3rd in set The Sister Reels on JnKlly) (also in A or D or C, also 1st part doubled) (this tune differs consistently from Callaghan's #2636 only in the last two bars)
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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).
~197412#3
[JD 5] John Doherty. The Floating Bow. John Doherty (fiddle).
197512#3
[JnKlly] John Kelly. Irish Traditional Concertina and Fiddle Music. John Kelly (concertina, fiddle). For this tune: (fiddle).
197523#3
[JnKlly] John Kelly. Irish Traditional Concertina and Fiddle Music. John Kelly (concertina, fiddle).
~197613#1
[KClns 1] Kathleen Collins. Traditional Music of Ireland. Kathleen Collins (fiddle).
198713#2
[DMeehan] Danny Meehan. Navvy on the Shore. Danny Meehan (fiddle).
~19951#1
[Whr] Paddy Glackin and Robbie Hannan. The Whirlwind. Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Robbie Hannan (pipes). For this tune: (B pipes), (fiddle).
~19966#2
[JOBM 1] Jimmy O'Brien-Moran. Seán Reid's Favourite. Jimmy O'Brien-Moran (pipes).
~19986#2
[MMR 2] Mike and Mary Rafferty. The Old Fireside Music. Mike Rafferty (flute, pipes), Mary Rafferty (accordion, whistle). For this tune: Mike (F flute).
~199912#2
[JqMcC] Jacqueline McCarthy. The Hidden Note. Jacqueline McCarthy (concertina). For this tune: with Tommy McCarthy Senior (concertina).
~20087#3
[SMTOD] Stéphanie Makem and Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn. Ceol is Píob. Stéphanie Makem (vocals), Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn (pipes).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Seán Reid's
JnKlly, JnKlly
Nóra Chríonna
JD 5
Beauty Spot
JOBM 1
McGovern's Favourite
MMR 2
Old Bush
JqMcC
Jamesy Byrnes' No. 1
DMeehan
Sporting Paddy
SMTOD
Played beforeOn Albums
Jackson's Reel
KClns 1
Repeal of the Union
Whr

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 #1207 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #1394 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #483 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #638 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #19 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
On page 131 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 96 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As reel #61 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #72 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): 1903