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Tune ID#2540 (Woods of Old Limerick)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Woods of Old Limerick about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JOL 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Woods of Old Limerick, The / Woods of Old Limerick / Coillte SheanLuimnhigh / The Wood's of Old Limerick / Ellen O'Leary's / Ellen Leary's / Ellen O'Learys (mislabeled on MRaf as Story about My Father's Uilleann Pipes) (also in G or F or C, also in D Mixolydian, also with 2nd part as intro)
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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).
197718#1
[JOL 1] Johnny O'Leary. Music for the Set. Traditional Irish Music from Sliabh Luachra. Johnny O'Leary (accordion).
19862#2
[MCnnlly] Martin Connolly and Maureen Glynn. The Fort of Kincora. Martin Connolly (accordion), Maureen Glynn (piano, fiddle).
~19903#2
[PS 3] Patrick Street. Irish Times. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Andy Irvine (vocals, harmonica, mandolin, bouzouki), Gerry O'Beirne (vocals, guitar), James Kelly (fiddle), Declan Masterson (pipes, whistle, keyboards), Jackie Daly (accordion), Arty McGlynn (guitar), Bill Whelan (keyboards).
~19961.4#1
[MISD 6] Donncha Lynch Trio. The Magic of Irish Set Dancing. Vol. 6. Donncha Lynch (accordion), Aogán Lynch (concertina), Donncha Lynch Jr. (guitar).
~19981#3
[MvC 2] Moving Cloud. Foxglove. Paul Brock (accordion), Maeve Donnelly (fiddle), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhrán), Carl Hession (piano). For this tune: with Gerry O'Connor (banjo).
200015#1
[NR] Charlie Piggott and Gerry Harrington. The New Road. Charlie Piggott (accordion), Gerry Harrington (fiddle).
20024#3
[BBg 3] Brendan Begley. It Could Be a Good Night Yet! Oíche go Maidean. Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich/Brendan Begley (accordion, vocals). For this tune: (C#/D accordion).
~200418#2
[MRaf] Mike Rafferty. Speed 78. Mike Rafferty (flute, pipes). For this tune: (C# pipes), with Mary(?) (accordion).
200613#2
[MOR 2] Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. Inside Out. Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
~20081#1
[HiBs 1] The HiBs. 40 Acre Notch. Jode Dowling (fiddle), Kate Dowling (whistle, flute). For this tune: Kate (flute), Jode (fiddle).
~20086#1
[Snchrd] Dermy Diamond, Tara Diamond, Dáithí Sproule. Seanchairde. Old Friends. Dermy Diamond (fiddle), Tara Diamond aka Tara Bingham (flute), Dáithí Sproule (guitar).
20126#1
[JKn 7] James Keane. Heir of the Dog. James Keane (accordion).
20154#3
[BOLCG] Bryan O'Leary, Colm Guilfoyle. Where the Bog Is. Bryan O'Leary (accordion), Colm Guilfoyle (flute). For this tune: Bryan (accordion).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Sean McGlynn's
MCnnlly
Guiry's Favorite
PS 3
Whistle and I'll Come to You
MvC 2
Tom Billy's
BBg 3
Garrett Barry's
MRaf
Sporting Pitchfork
MOR 2
Maid of Tramore
BOLCG
Played beforeOn Albums
Coach Road to Sligo
MISD 6
Walls of Liscarroll
NR
Lark on the Strand
MOR 2
Statia Donnelly's
Snchrd
Walls of Liscarroll
HiBs 1
Scully Casey's
JKn 7

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 #99 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As jig #228 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
As jig #349 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
As tune #224 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [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): 1977