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Tune ID#5733 (Four-Leafed Shamrock)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Four-Leafed Shamrock about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording CPO (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Four-Leafed Shamrock, The / The Four Leafed Shamrock / Four Leafed Shamrock (compare 1st part with 1st part of Whistling Postman #2065) (composed by Paddy O'Brien the elder, of Tipperary)
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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).
~199314#1
[CPO] Eileen O'Brien and Willie Fogarty. The Compositions of Paddy O'Brien. Eileen O'Brien (fiddle), Willie Fogarty (accordion).
20029#1
[AJK] Alan and John Kelly. Fourmilehouse. Alan Kelly (piano accordion), John Kelly (flute, whistle). For this tune: Alan Kelly (piano accordion).
~201414#1
[BorTr] The Boruma Trio. Gléas. Andrew MacNamara (accordion), Eileen O'Brien (fiddle), Geraldine Cotter (whistle, piano).
20153#2
[LKPD] Liam Kelly and Philip Duffy. Sets in Stone. Liam Kelly (flute), Philip Duffy (fiddle).
~20173.15#1
[CPONE] Eileen O'Brien. The Compositions of Paddy O'Brien 1922-1991. Eileen O'Brien (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
McGovern's Favourite
LKPD
Played beforeOn Albums
Patrick's Night
CPO, BorTr
Concert Reel
AJK
Bush in Bloom
LKPD

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 46 of [POB] Eileen O'Brien. The Compositions of Paddy O'Brien 1922-1991. [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 only the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1993