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Tune ID#2497 (Bonny Bunch of Roses)

Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Mode ?
AirD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Bonny Bunch of Roses, The / The Little Bench of Rushes / An Binnsín Luachra / Beinsín Luachra / Beinsin Luachra / Bunch of Green Rushes / O! Pleasant Was the Moon / Life Is All Checkered with Pleasures and Woes / The Bark Is on the Swelling Shore (of the book sources included here, only the setting in book D&M #55 is actually like this melody) (compare as song #62 and #192)
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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).
194922#2
[TnRadio] Tuning the Radio. Seán Seery (pipes).
~196911#1
[FFurey] Finbar Furey. Traditional Irish Pipe Music. Finbar Furey (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (low A whistle).
197314#1
[WC 2] Willie Clancy. The Pipering of Willie Clancy. Volume 1. Willie Clancy (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes).
~19797#1
[FR] Joe Burke, Andy McGann, and Felix Dolan. The Funny Reel. Traditional Music of Ireland. Joe Burke (accordion), Andy McGann (fiddle), Felix Dolan (piano). For this tune: Joe Burke.
~201310#1
[JAbrt 1] Joey Abarta. Swimming against the Falls. Snámh in aghaidh easa. Joey Abarta (pipes).
~20146#1
[BorTr] The Boruma Trio. Gléas. Andrew MacNamara (accordion), Eileen O'Brien (fiddle), Geraldine Cotter (whistle, piano). For this tune: Geraldine (Eb whistle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Rodney's Glory
TnRadio
Played beforeOn Albums
Silver Spear
TnRadio
Ash Grove
JAbrt 1

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 #136 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #16 in [D&M] Arthur Warren Darley and Patrick Joseph McCall. The Darley and McCall Collection of Traditional Irish Music. [available]
As tune #55 in [D&M] Arthur Warren Darley and Patrick Joseph McCall. The Darley and McCall Collection of Traditional Irish Music. [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