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Tune ID#2258 (Harvest Moon)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Harvest Moon about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BlaMrl (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Harvest Moon / The Harvest Moon / Paddy O'Brien's / John Nee's Reel / John Canny's (1st in set John Nee's Reels on SSm; 2nd in The London Set on JK 3) (composed by Paddy O'Brien the elder, of Tipperary)
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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).
~19898#2
[BlaMrl] P.J. agus Marcus Hernon. Béal a' Mhurlaigh. P.J. Hernon (accordion, melodeon), Marcus Hernon (flute). For this tune: (accordion), (Bb flute).
~198913#1
[GdMxr] Noel O Grady, Henry Benagh, John Carty, Marcus Hernon. The Good Mixer.
~19936#1
[SSm] Seán Smyth. The Blue Fiddle. Seán Smyth (fiddle, whistle, vocals).
199514#1
[FSOD] Hervé Cantal, Denis Kersual, Vincent Blin, John Maguire, Gérard Tauzin, J.-Ch. Lequerre. For the Sake of Old Decency. Musique de tradition irlandaise en France. Music of Irish tradition in France. Hervé Cantal (flute, whistle), Denis Kersual (pipes), Vincent Blin (melodeon), John Maguire (vocals), Gérard Tauzin (guitar), J.-Ch. Lequerre (piano). For this tune: Hervé Cantal (flute).
~199610#2
[JK 3] James Kelly. Traditional Irish Music. James Kelly (fiddle). For this tune: with Paddy Keenan (pipes).
~19993#1
[CTL 7] Cherish the Ladies. At Home. Mary Coogan (guitar, banjo, mandolin), Aoife Clancy (vocals), Joanie Madden (flute, whistle, vocals), Siobhan Egan (fiddle, bodhrán), Donna Long (piano, synthesizer, fiddle, vocals), Mary Rafferty (accordion, whistle, concertina). For this tune: Mary Rafferty (accordion).
~20007#2
[LLses 1] The London Lasses and Pete Quinn. The London Lasses and Pete Quinn. Bernie Conneely (banjo), Elaine Conwell (fiddle), Karen Ryan (fiddle, whistle), Sharon Whelton (flute, whistle).
~20025#1
[AFL] Michael McGoldrick and John McSherry. At First Light. Michael McGoldrick (flute, whistle, pipes, bodhrán), John McSherry (pipes, whistle). For this tune: Michael (pipes), John (pipes).
~20027#1
[PJCJC] P.J. Crotty, Carol Cullinan, James Cullinan. Happy to Meet. P.J. Crotty (flute), James Cullinan (fiddle), Carol Cullinan (piano).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Marian's Favourite
BlaMrl, LLses 1
Mossy Banks
JK 3
Played beforeOn Albums
Paddy Gavin's
GdMxr
Noon Lasses
SSm
New Custom House Reel
FSOD
Torn Jacket
JK 3
Eddy Moloney's
CTL 7
Small Hills of Offaly
LLses 1
Lucy Campbell
AFL
Johnny McGoohan's
PJCJC

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): 1989