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Tune ID#2844 (Holly Bush)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Holly Bush about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Boys 13 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Holly Bush, The / The Hollybush / An Sceach Chuilinn / Finbarr Dwyer's Reel No. 1 / Dwyer's No 1 / O'Dwyer's Reel (4th in set Micho Russells on SS 3; 1st in set The Bucks on Yanks 2) (also in A or E) (compare distantly as jig #7160) (composed by Finbarr Dwyer)
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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).
~19879#1
[Boys 13] Boys of the Lough. Farewell and Remember Me. Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathal McConnell (flute, whistle, vocals), Dave Richardson (concertina, mandolin, cittern), Christy O'Leary (pipes, whistle, vocals), John Coakley (guitar, piano, bodhrán, mandolin, fiddle). For this tune: Christy (pipes), Cathal (flute).
~19913#2
[LFinger] Joe McHugh and Barry Carroll. The Long Finger. An Mhéar Fhada. Joe McHugh (pipes, whistle, keyboard, bouzouki), Barry Carroll (hammered dulcimer, keyboard).
~199710#4
[SS 3] Sharon Shannon. Each Little Thing. Sharon Shannon (accordion, fiddle, whistle). For this tune: with Tommy Peoples (fiddle), Michelle O'Brien (fiddle).
19992#10 (24:27)
[MH 4] Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill. Live in Seattle. Martin Hayes (fiddle), Dennis Cahill (guitar).
~19991#2
[BCB 2] The Bridge Céilí Band. Sparks on Flags. Tom Ahearne (fiddle), Robert Gleeson (fiddle), Karen Gavigan (fiddle), Carthage Daly (fiddle), Catherine McHugh (fiddle), James Kinsella (accordion), Fionnuala Gleeson (flute), Eugene Nolan (flute), Pat O'Meara (piano, synthesizer), Liam McCormack (drums, bodhrán).
200116#1
[LFJW] Liam Farrell and Joe Whelan. They Sailed Away from Dublin Bay. Liam Farrell (banjo), Joe Whelan (accordion). For this tune: with James Carty (flute).
20063#1
[TCB 4] The Tulla Céilí Band. 60th Anniversary Celebration. Mark Donnellan (fiddle), Martin Hayes (fiddle), Jim Corry (piano), Sean Donnelly (accordion), Michael McKee (accordion), J.J. Conway (flute), Jennifer Lenihan (flute), Martin Glynn (flute), Mick Flanagan (drums).
20142.11#1
[Yanks 2] The Yanks. Haymaker. Dan Gurney (accordion), Dylan Foley (fiddle, whistle), Sean Earnest (guitar, bouzouki), Isaac Alderson (flute, pipes, tenor saxophone, whistle). For this tune: 1st time Dylan (fiddle).
20141#2
[Unfldg] Unfolding. Young Music from East Clare. Sorcha Costello (fiddle), Aisling Hunt (accordion).
201412#4
[LLses 5] The London Lasses and Chris O'Malley. The One I Loved the Best. Karen Ryan (fiddle, mandola, banjo, whistle), Elaine Conwell (fiddle), Elma McElligott (flute, whistle, saxophone, backing vocal), Brogan McAuliffe (concertina), Brona McVittie (vocal, harp), Chris O'Malley (piano, guitar).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Bonnie Ann
LFinger
Richard Dwyer's Reel
SS 3
Rakish Paddy
MH 4
Lord McDonald's
BCB 2
Patrick's Night
Unfldg
Holly Bush
LLses 5
Played beforeOn Albums
New Ships A Sailing
Boys 13
P Joe's Pecurious Pachelbel Special
MH 4
Finbarr Dwyer's
BCB 2
Congress Reel
LFJW
Graf Spee
TCB 4
McFadden's Own Reel
Yanks 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 #13 in volume 2 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On page 238 of [NF] Allen Feldman. The Northern Fiddler. [available]
As reel #231 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.

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): 1974