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Tune ID#641 (Flax in Bloom)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Flax in Bloom about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording IFM (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):
Flax in Bloom, The / An Líon faoi Bhláth / Flax in Bloom / The Flaxen Bloom / Flax in Bloom / The Lilly White (2nd part used as intro on FlgDub and KB UC) (also with a 3rd part, also as a fling) (compare 1st part with 1st part of Lady Gordon #1072)
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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).
192616#1
[IFM] Past Masters of Irish Fiddle Music. Jim Morrison (fiddle).
19282.16#1
[PJConlon] Peter J. Conlon. The Genius of Peter Conlon. 78 RPM Recordings from 1917-1929. Peter J. Conlon (melodeon).
19288#1
[IDM 2] Past Masters of Irish Dance Music. Peter Conlon (accordion).
19406#3
[SE 6] Séamus Ennis. The Return from Fingal. Séamus Ennis (pipes, vocals).
~195524#2
[TnRadio] Tuning the Radio. Aggie Whyte (fiddle), Eddie Moloney (flute).
~19731#2
[SE 2] Seamus Ennis. The Pure Drop. Seamus Ennis (pipes). For this tune: (C# pipes).
~19747#1
[KCB 3] [The Kilfenora Ceili Band]. [The Kilfenora Céilí Band].
~19781.2#2
[FlgDub] Paddy Glackin, Mick Gavin, Michael O'Brien. The Flags of Dublin. Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Mick Gavin (flute), Michael O'Brien [known later as:] Mick O'Brien (pipes). For this tune: Paddy (fiddle).
~19791#1
[BMu 1] Brendan Mulvihill, accompanied by Mick Moloney. The Flax in Bloom. Traditional Irish Music. Brendan Mulvihill (fiddle), Mick Moloney (guitar, bouzouki, mandolin).
~198410#2
[KB UC] Kevin Burke. Up Close. Kevin Burke (fiddle). For this tune: with Joe Burke (accordion).
~19862.2#1
[RtH] Round the House. Music for the Sets - Vol. 1. Neillidh Mulligan (C# pipes), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle).
198721#1
[WmSullvn] William Sullivan. Traditional Irish Music. William Sullivan (accordion).
~199516#2
[MMR 1] Mike and Mary Rafferty. The Dangerous Reel. Mike Rafferty (flute, whistle, pipes), Mary Rafferty (accordion, flute, whistle).
~19979#3
[NMllgn 2] Neil Mulligan. The Leitrim Thrush. Neil Mulligan (C# pipes).
~200212#1
[RBPOL 2] Ronan Browne and Peter O'Loughlin. Touch Me If You Dare. Ronan Browne (pipes, flute), Peter O'Loughlin (fiddle, flute). For this tune: (pipes), (fiddle).
20035#2
[Mona] Live at Mona's. Patrick Ourceau (fiddle), Brian Holleran (flute).
~20081#2
[OCHrn 1] Oisín and Conal Hernon. Up and Coming. Oisín Hernon (accordion, whistle), Conal Hernon (banjo, guitar).
20096#2
[Hmmrs] The Hammers. From Distant Shores. Paul Hammer (mandolin, banjo), Susan Hammer (whistle, concertina). For this tune: (low A whistle).
~20098#2
[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: Michelle (concertina).
20124#1
[BrtEarly] Paddy O'Brien, Nathan Gourley, and Dáithí Sproule. Bright and Early. "Something to Crow About". Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Nathan Gourley (fiddle), Dáithí Sproule (guitar).
201614#3
[TrklHwl] John Blake, Mairéad Hurley, Nathan Gourley. The Truckley Howl. John Blake (guitar, flute, piano), Mairéad Hurley (concertina), Nathan Gourley (fiddle, guitar).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Chattering Magpie
TnRadio, MMR 1, Mona
Hand Me Down the Tackle
SE 2
Silver Spear
FlgDub
Sligo Maid
SE 6
Peeler's Jacket
KB UC
Abbey Reel
NMllgn 2
Mist on the Ocean
OCHrn 1
Devaney's Goat
MulcFam3
Johnny Cronin's Reel
TrklHwl
Played beforeOn Albums
Bag of Spuds
PJConlon, IDM 2, WmSullvn
College Groves
IFM
Liffey Banks
KCB 3
Honeymoon
BMu 1
Eileen Curran
KB UC
Miss Johnson
RtH
Dairy Maid
RBPOL 2
Cavan Reel
BrtEarly

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 #1389 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #633 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #284 in volume 2 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #20 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
On page 130 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As reel #34 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #18 in [DM 3] Dave Mallinson. 100 Evergreen Irish Session Tunes. [available]
As reel #101 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As reel #77 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [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): 1903