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Tune ID#763 (Green Fields of Glentown)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Green Fields of Glentown about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Chi (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel48AABBCCA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Green Fields of Glentown, The / Páirceanna Glasa Bhaile an Ghleanna / Tommy Peoples / Eddie Kelly's Reel (2nd in set Glentown on SS 1) (also 2nd and 3rd parts singled, also without 3rd part, also in B) (compare distantly #5436) (composed by Tommy Peoples)
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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).
~197515#2
[SK 1] Seán Keane. Gusty's Frolicks. Seán Keane (fiddle).
197619#2
[Chi] Traditional Irish Music in America. Chicago. Liz Carroll (fiddle).
~19812.1#2
[Boys 9] Boys of the Lough. In the Tradition. Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathal McConnell (flute, whistle, vocals), Dave Richardson (concertina, mandolin, cittern, banjo), Tich Richardson (guitar, acoustic bass guitar).
~19911#2
[SS 1] Sharon Shannon. Sharon Shannon. Sharon Shannon (accordion, fiddle).
199521#1
[FMD 1] The Fiddle Music of Donegal. Volume One. Peter Tracey (fiddle).
~19983#1
[TP 7] Tommy Peoples. The Quiet Glen / An Gleann Ciúin. Tommy Peoples (fiddle).
199912#3
[MCnnly] Mick Conneely. Selkie. Mick Conneely (fiddle, bouzouki).
20146#2
[CtlnCrn] Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciarán Ó Maonaigh. Caitlín Ciarán. Caitlín Nic Gabhann (concertina, dance), Ciarán Ó Maonaigh (fiddle). For this tune: Ciarán (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Killarney Boys of Pleasure
SK 1
Green Mountain
Chi
Eddie Kelly's
Boys 9
Silver Spire
SS 1
Beare Island Reel
MCnnly
O'Sullivan's March
CtlnCrn
Played beforeOn Albums
Love at the EndingsChi
Mountain Road
SS 1
Leslie's Reel
FMD 1
Jackson's No. 2
TP 7

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 #246 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As tune #39 in volume 4 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #184 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
As tune #54 in [SIMB] Tony Sullivan. Sully's Irish Music Book. [available]
As tune #47 in [P50] Brian and Eithne Vallely. Play 50 Reels. [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): 1968