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Tune ID#3790 (Broomstick)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Broomstick about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MotS 3 (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):
Broomstick, The / The Broom Stick / Down the Broom / The Old Down the Broom / Down through the Broom / Casey's Broom / Miss Galvin's Reel / Mrs. Galvin's / Daniel Mac's / Molly Maguire (as Gan Ainm on KlmFcy; 2nd in set The Old Down the Broom aka Leag Uait an Scuab (Seanleagan) on AtMcGn 2) (also described as a hornpipe) (distinguished mainly by its 2nd part from the similar tunes Down the Broom #540, Follow Me Down to Galway #4336, and Jim Moore's Fancy #4139)
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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).
19532#1
[FCssdy] Frank Cassidy. Níl Gar Ann! Frank Cassidy (fiddle).
~1973B.7#1
[AClareSn] Willy Clancy and various. A Clare Session with Willy Clancy and Friends. Willy Clancy (pipes), presumably with Peadar O'Loughlin (flute), Jimmy Ward (banjo), Martin Talty, and others.
~19876#3
[JJCasey] John Joe Casey. The Tiermaclane Fancy. John Joe Casey (concertina).
~20006#2
[MotS 3] Monks of the Screw Trio. Brathar na nÓl. Paudy Scully (flute), Dan Curtain [Curtin] (fiddle), Tim Browne (fiddle).
20019#2
[KlmFcy] Catherine McEvoy and John McEvoy. The Kilmore Fancy. Catherine McEvoy (flute), John McEvoy (fiddle).
~20083#2
[Fngl 1] Fingal. Fingal. James Keane (accordion), Randal Bays (fiddle), Dáithí Sproule (guitar, vocals).
~20095#1
[DubMMe] Liam O'Connor and Seán McKeon. Dublin Made Me. Liam O'Connor (fiddle, viola), Seán McKeon (pipes).
~201016#2
[CGJS 1] Colm Gannon, Jesse Smith and John Blake. The Ewe with the Crooked Horn. Colm Gannon (accordion, melodeon), Jesse Smith (fiddle), John Blake (flute, guitar, piano).
~201110#1
[NFBolg] Jack Talty, Cormac Begley. Na Fir Bolg. Jack Talty (concertina), Cormac Begley (concertina). For this tune: (Bb/F concertinas).
~201317#2
[ForGems] Peter Carberry and Pádraig McGovern. Forgotten Gems. Peter Carberry (accordion), Pádraig McGovern (B pipes, D pipes).
201411#3
[CtlnCrn] Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciarán Ó Maonaigh. Caitlín Ciarán. Caitlín Nic Gabhann (concertina, dance), Ciarán Ó Maonaigh (fiddle).
~20158#2
[AtMcGn 2] Antóin MacGabhann, with Charlie Lennon. Tunesmith. Antóin MacGabhann (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Jimmy O'Reilly's
JJCasey
De'il among the Tailors
MotS 3
Man of the House
KlmFcy
Luke Kelly's
Fngl 1
Killavil Fancy
CGJS 1
West Wind
ForGems
Jenny Dang the Weaver
CtlnCrn
[untitled]
AtMcGn 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Farewell to Connaught
Fngl 1
Billy Connor's
DubMMe
Scully Casey's
NFBolg
Thrush in the Storm
AtMcGn 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 reel #56 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [available]
As reel #59 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [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): 1953