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Tune ID#245 (Bunch of Keys)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Bunch of Keys about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MC (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel48AABBCCG Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Bunch of Keys, The / Bunch of Keys / Paddy on the Turnpike / The Turnpike / The Groves Reel / The Boys of the Spuds / The Flowers of Limerick / The Mills Are Grinding / The Fairy Hunters / Walsh's Favourite / The Galway Rambler / Paddy Finlay's Favourite (2nd in set The Sailor on the Rock on MC) (also in Major, also in D, also without 3rd part) (differentiated from Flowers of Limerick #648 only in the contour of bars 2 and 4 of the 1st part; compare The Mills Are Grinding #2378; compare with 1st, 3rd, and 4th parts of The Groves Hornpipe #780)
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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).
~19201.7#1
[PJConlon] Peter J. Conlon. The Genius of Peter Conlon. 78 RPM Recordings from 1917-1929. Peter J. Conlon (melodeon).
~19222.11#2
[MC] Michael Coleman. Michael Coleman 1891-1945. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
193118#2
[IDM 1] Irish Dance Music. Siams Gaedheal Ceilidhe Band.
193625#1
193724#1
~19472.5#1
[JDrn] Johnny Doran. The Bunch of Keys. Johnny Doran (pipes).
~195810#2
[TDMI] Traditional Dance Music of Ireland. The Jimmy Hogan Trio.
19673#2
[PitS] Paddy in the Smoke. Martin Byrnes (fiddle).
19682.28#1
[MGm] Michael Gorman. The Sligo Champion. The Fiddle Music of County Sligo. Michael Gorman (fiddle, vocals).
197122#2
[TPtts] Tommy Potts. The Liffey Banks. Tommy Potts (fiddle).
197310#1
[KB SD] Kevin Burke. Sweeney's Dream. Fiddle Tunes from County Sligo, Ireland. Kevin Burke (fiddle).
~19731.15#1
~19732.22#1
~197316#1
[4IC] Joe Burke, Finbarr Dwyer, Kevin Loughlin, John Whelan. Pure Irish Traditional Accordion. Session with Four Irish Champions. Joe Burke (accordion), Finbarr Dwyer (accordion), Kevin Loughlin (accordion), John Whelan (accordion). For this tune: Joe Burke (accordion).
19751#1
[JnKlly] John Kelly. Irish Traditional Concertina and Fiddle Music. John Kelly (concertina, fiddle). For this tune: (concertina).
197520#1
[JnKlly] John Kelly. Irish Traditional Concertina and Fiddle Music. John Kelly (concertina, fiddle). For this tune: (fiddle).
~19776#1
[AM] Andy McGann and Paul Brady. It's A Hard Road to Travel. Andy McGann (fiddle), Paul Brady (guitar).
19781.22#1
197815#2
[KKgn] Kevin Keegan. The Music of Kevin Keegan. Kevin Keegan (accordion).
~19784#1
[Dbl] Paddy Glackin and Paddy Keenan. Doublin'. Paddy Glackin (fiddle, viola), Paddy Keenan (pipes). For this tune: Keenan (pipes).
198718#1
[WmSullvn] William Sullivan. Traditional Irish Music. William Sullivan (accordion).
~19964#1
[JCt 2] John Carty. Last Night's Fun. John Carty (fiddle, banjo, flute).
199916#2
[GCJR] Gerard Commane and Joe Ryan with Eoin O'Neill. Two Gentlemen of Clare Music. Gerard Commane (concertina), Joe Ryan (fiddle). For this tune: Joe (fiddle).
~199913#2
[Trc] Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin and Patrick Ourceau. Tracin'. Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin (concertina), Patrick Ourceau (fiddle). For this tune: (fiddle), (Bb/F concertina).
20081#3
[RedW] The Red Wellies. The Red Wellies. Claudine "Beanie" Odell (fiddle), Duncan Wickel (fiddle, pipes), Vincent Fogarty (bouzouki).
~20081#1
[TDeM] Tony DeMarco. The Sligo Indians. Tony DeMarco (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Sailor on the Rock
MC
Satin Slipper
IDM 1
Copperplate
TDMI
Eileen Curran
PitS
Parting Glass
TPtts
High Reel
KKgn
Ewe Reel
GCJR
Maids of Mitchelstown
Trc
Boys of Ballisodare
RedW
Played beforeOn Albums
Jackson's
GD, JCt 2
Girl that Broke My Heart
KB SD, SRyan C
Ballinasloe Fair
FTIM, 4IC
Collier's Reel
FidDel
Rakish Paddy
JDrn
Salamanca
IDM 1
Boys of Ballisodare
MGm
Steeplechase
AM
Morris Minor
RedW
Scholar
TDeM

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 #140 in volume 1 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #60 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." [available]
As tune #16 in volume 1 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On page 162 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 213 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
On page 59 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As tune #80 in [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
As reel #29 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): 1920