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Tune ID#1980 (Turkey in the Straw)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Turkey in the Straw about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JDJO (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Turkey in the Straw / Turkeys in the Straw / Turkies in the Straw / Natchez Under the Hill / The Old Bog Hole / The Rose Tree / The Black Eagle / Glasgow Hornpipe / Old Mother Oxford / Kinnegad Slasher (2nd in Turkey in the Straw Medley on AtR 2) (also in A or G, also as march and as barndance)
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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).
19287#2
[FBros] The Flanagan Brothers. The Tunes We Like to Play on Paddy's Day. Joe Flanagan (accordion), Louis Flanagan (guitar, banjo), Mike Flanagan (banjo, vocals, mandolin).
~195322#1
[JDJO] Joe Derrane and Jerry O'Brien. Irish Accordion Masters. Joe Derrane (accordion), Jerry O'Brien (accordion). For this tune: O'Brien, Derrane.
19959#2 (1:49)
[JOL 3] Johnny O'Leary. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. Johnny O'Leary (accordion).
~20015#2
[AtR 2] At the Racket. Mirth-Making Heroes. John Carty (fiddle, banjo), Brian McGrath (banjo, piano, keyboards), Seamus O'Donnell (flute, saxophone, vocals), Garry O'Briain (guitar, mandocello, piano), Brid Dooley (vocals).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Chicken Reel
FBros
Thadelo's
JOL 3
Ballinafad Polka
AtR 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Arkansas Traveler
FBros
Chicken Reel
JDJO
Tinker's Stick
AtR 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 #1520 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #739 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #215 in volume 3 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
On page 83 of [IFMCK] Drew Beisswenger. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. [available]
On page 155 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 5 of [Ba] Betty M. Barlow. Fiddle Tunes for the Violinist. [available]
On page 280 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As tune #247 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [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