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Tune ID#421 (Crosses of Annagh)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Crosses of Annagh about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MBP (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):
Crosses of Annagh, The / Crosbhóithre an Eanaigh / Down the Broom / Leag Uait an Scuab (2nd in set Paddy in the Smoke on MMcG 3; 3rd in McFadden's Handsome Daugher Set on PttW) (very similar to Tommy Coen's #399; compare Corner House #396 and compare 1st part with 1st part of Down the Broom #540) (composed by Tommy Coen)
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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).
197611#2
[JsMcD] Josie McDermott. Darby's Farewell. Josie McDermott (flute, whistle, vocals). For this tune: (flute).
19773#1
[MBP] Matt Molloy, Paul Brady, Tommy Peoples. Matt Molloy. Paul Brady. Tommy Peoples. Matt Molloy (flute), Paul Brady (guitar, vocals), Tommy Peoples (fiddle). For this tune: Matt (flute).
~199310#1
[Shskn 6] Shaskeen. My Love Is in America. Tom Cussen (banjo), Benny O'Connor (drums, bodhrán), Sean Conway (flute, whistle, guitar, vocals), Charlie Harris (accordion), Kevin Rohan (fiddle, vocals). For this tune: Sean Conway (high F whistle).
199514#2
[WaMoDub] Paul McGrattan, Paul O'Shaughnessy. Within a Mile of Dublin. Paul McGrattan (flute), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle).
~200315#1
[JCt 4] John Carty. At It Again. John Carty (fiddle).
~20068#2
[MMcG 3] Michael McGoldrick. Wired. Michael McGoldrick (flute, whistle, pipes, mandolin, bodhrán). For this tune: (flute, pipes).
~20071#3
[PttW] Matt Molloy and John Carty with Arty McGlynn. Pathway to the Well. Matt Molloy (flute), John Carty (fiddle), Arty McGlynn (guitar).
~20096#1
[MulcFam3] Mick, Louise & Michelle Mulcahy. Reelin' in Tradition. Mick Mulcahy (accordion, melodeon), Louise Mulcahy (flute, pipes), Michelle Mulcahy (concertina, fiddle, harp, piano). For this tune: Louise (flute).
~20126#2
[Rlta 1] Réalta. Open the Door for Three. Conor Lamb (pipes, whistle), Deirdre Galway (vocals, guitar, bouzouki), Aaron O'Hagan (pipes, whistle, bodhrán).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Peg McGrath's Reel
JsMcD
Micho Russell's
WaMoDub
Sporting Days of Easter
MMcG 3
Galway Rambler
PttW
Martin Wynne's No. 3
Rlta 1
Played beforeOn Albums
McFadden's Handsome Daughter
MBP, PttW
Billy Brocker's
Shskn 6
Launching the Boat
WaMoDub
Humours of Toomagh
JCt 4
Ragged Hank of Yarn
MMcG 3
Bush in Bloom
MulcFam3
I Wish I Never Saw You
Rlta 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 #226 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As tune #171 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
As reel #477 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc 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): 1968