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Tune ID#645 (Flower of the Flock)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Flower of the Flock about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BB 1 (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):
Flower of the Flock, The (mislabeled as Famous Ballymote on BB 4; 1st in set Crosses of Armagh on McP BHB) (also doubled, also only 2nd part doubled) (compare Flower of the Flock #7114 and compare 1st part with 1st parts of both Bill Harte's #3612 and #3690)
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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).
19751#3
[BB 1] The Bothy Band. 1975. The First Album. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Matt Molloy (flute, whistle), Tommy Peoples (fiddle), Donal Lunny (bouzouki, vocals), Tríona Ni Dhomhnaill (harpsichord, bodhrán, vocals), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (guitar, vocals).
19781#3
[BB 4] The Bothy Band. After Hours. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Matt Molloy (flute), Dónal Lunny (vocals, bouzouki, guitar, bodhrán), Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill (vocals, keyboards, bodhrán), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (vocals, guitar, keyboards). For this tune: 1st time Matt Molloy.
~19861.3#1
[MMulv 2] Martin Mulvihill. The Humors of Glin. Martin Mulvihill (fiddle). For this tune: with Donie (flute).
19911.2#1
[McP BHB] The McPeake Family and Paul Burns. Back Home in Belfast. (flute).
~199718#3
[TMcCrthy] Tommy McCarthy. Sporting Nell. Tommy McCarthy (concertina, pipes, whistle). For this tune: (concertina).
~20007#2
[DH 3] Dan Herlihy and John Drew. The Ballydesmond Polka. Traditional Irish Music from Sliabh Luachra Played By Dan Herlihy and John Drew. Dan Herlihy (accordion), John Drew (mandocello).
~20044#3
[Boh 4] Bohola. 4. Jimmy Keane (piano accordion, vocals, foot), Sean Cleland (fiddle), Pat Broaders (dordan, vocals), Kat Eggleston (vocals).
~20061.12#1
[WFO 3] Wooden Flute Obsession 3. John Lee (Eb flute).
20151#3
[LKPD] Liam Kelly and Philip Duffy. Sets in Stone. Liam Kelly (flute), Philip Duffy (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Swaggering Jig
BB 1, BB 4
Chicago Reel
TMcCrthy
Old Pensioner
DH 3
Bohola March
Boh 4
Kiltycreen
LKPD
Played beforeOn Albums
Famous Ballymote
BB 1, BB 4
Reel of Rio
MMulv 2
McFadden's Handsome Daughter
McP BHB
Stony Steps
WFO 3

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 #1238 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #512 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As reel #39 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [available]
On page 102 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As reel #55 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #52 in [DM 3] Dave Mallinson. 100 Evergreen Irish Session Tunes. [available]
As reel #104 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [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