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Tune ID#1924 (Sweet Flowers of Miltown)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Sweet Flowers of Miltown about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording KB Pt (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Schottisch32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Sweet Flowers of Miltown, The / Sweet Flowers of Milltown / Bláthanna Cumhra Bhaile an Mhuilinn / Tom Morrison's / Off to California (1st in set The Green Fields of Miltown on Drv 1; mislabeled as The Mountain Twig on SSt) (also as reel) (compare Whiskey You're the Devil! #3691 and Off to California #1445)
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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).
19273#1
[IDM 1] Irish Dance Music. Tom Morrison (flute), Jack Reynolds (tambourine).
~19829#1
[KB Pt] Kevin Burke and Mícheál Ó Domhnaill. Portland. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (vocals, guitar, harmonium).
199010#1
[COG 1] Conal O Gráda. The Top of Coom. Conal Ó Gráda (flute). For this tune: (F fife).
~19923#1
[Drv 1] Dervish. Harmony Hill. Cathy Jordan (vocals, bodhrán, bones), Liam Kelly (flute, whistle, vocals), Shane Mitchell (accordion), Shane McAleer (fiddle, viola), Brian McDonagh (mandola, mandolin), Michael Holmes (bouzouki, guitar). For this tune: 1st time Liam Kelly (flute).
~199310#1
[SSt] The Sound of Stone. Artists for Mullaghmore. Kevin Crawford (Eb flute).
~19946#2
[SRn 2] Seán Ryan. Minstrel's Fancy. Cliaraí Ceoil. Seán Ryan (whistle).
~20021.1#2
[WFO 2] Wooden Flute Obsession 2. Brendyn Montgomery (flute).
~200311#1
[TapRT] The Tap Room Trio. The Tap Room Trio. Harry Bradley (flute, piccolo), Jesse Smith (fiddle), John Blake (guitar, piano, flute).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
John Mc Kenna's
SRn 2
Roscommon Reel
WFO 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Louden's Bonnie Braes
IDM 1
Beare Island Reel
KB Pt
Con McGinley's
Drv 1
Monaghan Twig
SSt
Gorman's
TapRT

Bibliography

According to my research, there are zero transcriptions that are musically very similar to this tune anywhere in the indexed books, regardless of tune title. Try my recommended links to other indexes if you need a transcription. To learn to play this tune, simply learn it from another musician or study the recording(s) listed above. See also: Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music.

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1927