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Tune ID#4161 (Green Grow the Rushes O)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Green Grow the Rushes O about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JD 3 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Schottisch16ABG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Green Grow the Rushes O / Green Grow the Rushes-O / Green Grow the Rushes O! / Green Grow the Rushes Oh / Green Grow the Rushes / Green Grows The Rushes-O / Is Glas mar a Fhásann an Luachair / We're a' Dry wi' Drinking o't (also in F) (1st in set Highland Fling on WmSullvn) (also in D or or A or Bb, also as fling or reel, also parts reversed)
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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).
19746#1
[JD 3] John Doherty. The Celebrated Recordings. John Doherty (fiddle, vocals).
~19762#2
[Ch 6] The Chieftains. 6. Bonaparte's Retreat. Paddy Moloney [misspelled as:] Maloney (pipes, whistle, bodhrán), Seán Potts (whistle, bodhrán), Martin Fay (fiddle), Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Derek Bell (harp, oboe, tiompán), Seán Keane (fiddle).
1978B.3#2
[ECahill] Eddie Cahill. Ah! Surely. Eddie Cahill (flute). For this tune: with Mick (mandolin).
198734#1
[WmSullvn] William Sullivan. Traditional Irish Music. William Sullivan (accordion).
19922.6#3
[SDI 2] Set Dances of Ireland. Volume II. Denis McMahon (fiddle), Paudy Scully (flute), Timmy O'Connor (melodeon), Michael Tubridy (flute), Tommy McCarthy (concertina), Eamon McGivney (fiddle).
~199316#2
[TDrty] Tom Doherty. Take the Bull by the Horns. Tom Doherty (accordion). For this tune: with Mick Moloney (banjo).
~19966#3
[JBrosnan] John Brosnan. The Cook in the Kitchen. John Brosnan (accordion). For this tune: with Tim Kerins (fiddle), Maurice Moriarty (banjo).
~19971#2
[BBg 2] Brendan Begley. We Won't Go Home 'til Morning. Brendan Begley (accordion, melodeon, vocals). For this tune: (melodeon).
~19996#2
[JOH 1] John O'Halloran. "But Why, Johnny?". John O'Halloran (accordion). For this tune: (C# accordion).
20009#1
[RBys 2] Randal Bays. The Salmon's Leap. Randal Bays (fiddle, guitar).
200315#1 (0:29)
[NaMny] Na Mooneys. Na Mooneys. Ciarán Ó Maonaigh (fiddle), Anna Ní Mhaonaigh (whistle, vocals), Gearóid Ó Maonaigh (guitar), Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle, vocals). For this tune: Francie Mooney (fiddle), Ciarán (fiddle), Mairéad (fiddle), Anna (whistle), Gearóid (guitar).
200412#1
[RogRd] Jason O'Rourke and Ruadhraí O'Kane. Roguery Road. Jason O'Rourke (concertina), Ruadhraí O'Kane (fiddle). For this tune: (Bb/F concertina), (fiddle), with Davy Maguire (Bb flute).
~20065#1
[LLses 3] The London Lasses and Pete Quinn. Enchanted Lady. Elaine Conwell (fiddle), Karen Ryan (fiddle, whistle, mandola, banjo), Maureen Linane (accordion), Dee Havlin (flute, whistle), Kathleen O'Sullivan (vocals). For this tune: (whistles).
20092#2 (1:58)
[CTL 12] Cherish the Ladies. A Star in the East. Joanie Madden (flute, whistle, vocals, harmony vocals), Mary Coogan (guitar, mandolin, banjo), Mirella Murray (accordion), Roisin Dillon (fiddle), Kathleen Boyle (piano, harmony vocals), Michelle Burke (vocals, harmony vocals).
~20112#2
[MOhEn] Micheál Ó hEidhin [with] Steve Cooney and Charlie Lennon. Ceol Sidhe. Shee Music. Micheál Ó hEidhin (concertina), Steve Cooney (guitar), Charlie Lennon (fiddle). For this tune: with Charlie (fiddle).
201412#1
[SSands] Seamus Sands. Across Bridges. Traditional Irish Fiddle Playing. Seamus Sands (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
An Chéad Mháirt den Fhomhar
Ch 6
Primrose Lass
ECahill
Bag of Potatoes
SDI 2
Paddy McGinty's Goat
TDrty
Keel Row
JBrosnan
An Droichead Beag
BBg 2
Sunny Banks
JOH 1
Anthony Dick's
MOhEn
Played beforeOn Albums
Miss Ramsay's
WmSullvn
Carmel Mahoney Mulhaire
BBg 2
Boyne Hunt
JOH 1
Tim Maloney's
RBys 2
Kafoozalum
RogRd
Pride of the Bronx
LLses 3
Jimmy Lyon's
MOhEn
Jenny Put the Kettle Down
SSands
Neilie Boyle's Highland
NaMny

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.
On page 150 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #98 in [DM 4] Dave Mallinson. 100 Vital Irish Session Tunes. [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): 1974