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Tune ID#5455 (Primrose Lass)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Primrose Lass about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MM 3 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Primrose Lass / Gearrchaile na Samhaircíní / Byrne's Reel (4th in set Slides & Reels on Drv 1) (also parts reversed) (compare Primrose Lass #1617 and more distantly #6225)
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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).
~19874#1
[MM 3] Matt Molloy. Stony Steps. Matt Molloy (flute).
~199212#4
[Drv 1] Dervish. Harmony Hill. Cathy Jordan (vocals, bodhrán, bones), Liam Kelly (flute, whistle, vocals), Shane Mitchell (accordion), Shane McAleer (fiddle, viola), Brian McDonagh (mandola, mandolin), Michael Holmes (bouzouki, guitar).
~199313#3
[TDrty] Tom Doherty. Take the Bull by the Horns. Tom Doherty (accordion). For this tune: Maureen Doherty Macken (whistle).
~20001.1#3
[WFO 1] Wooden Flute Obsession. Garry Shannon (flute).
~20131#3
[BHughes] Brian Hughes. The Beat of the Breath. Brian Hughes (whistle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Kylebrack Rambler
Drv 1
Master McDermott's
TDrty
Lady on the Island
WFO 1
Bag of Spuds
BHughes
Played beforeOn Albums
Mullingar Races
MM 3

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): 1987