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Tune ID#441 (Cutting Bracken)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Cutting Bracken 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 ?
Polka32AABBA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Cutting Bracken (3rd in set Les Polkas on Sld 3) (mode is ambiguous; also as Scottish strathspey, singled, on CFF 1)
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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).
19921#1
[CFF 1] Kevin Burke / Johnny Cunningham / Christian Lemaître. Celtic Fiddle Festival. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Johnny Cunningham (fiddle), Christian Lemaître (fiddle). For this tune: Johnny (fiddle).
~20005#2
[MotS 3] Monks of the Screw Trio. Brathar na nÓl. Paudy Scully (flute), Dan Curtain [Curtin] (fiddle), Tim Browne (fiddle).
~20063#3
[Sld 3] Slide. Overneath. Éamonn de Barra (flute, whistle, bodhrán, piano, vocals), Daire Bracken (fiddle, guitar, strings, vocals), Aogán Lynch (concertina, whistle, vocals), Mick Broderick (bouzouki, cittern, mandolin, vocals).
~20086#3
[COG 2] Conal Ó Gráda. Cnoc Buí. Conal Ó Gráda (flute).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Lord Seaforth's
MotS 3
Humours of Ballycullen
Sld 3
Ballygow
COG 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Brisk Bob
CFF 1

Bibliography

According to my research, there are zero transcriptions that are musically very similar to this tune anywhere in the indexed books, regardless of tune title. Try my recommended links to other indexes if you need a transcription. To learn to play this tune, simply learn it from another musician or study the recording(s) listed above. See also: Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music.

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1992