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Tune ID#768 (Green Groves of Erin)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Green Groves of Erin about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MC (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Green Groves of Erin, The / Garráin Ghlasa na hÉireann / The Green Groves of Eireann / The Groves of Erin / Groves of Erin / Erin's Groves / The Green Groves / Na Garráin Ghlasa / Down the Groves / The Green Fields of Erin / Green Fields of Erin / Green Fields of America / The Gay Fellow's Favourite / The Gayfellow's Favourite / The Mill Stone Grinder / The Good Fluter / The Castlecomer Lasses / Castlecomer Lasses / The Queenstown Lasses / The Heather Breeze / Miss Shaw's Reel / Mary in the Mall / Kelly's Fancy / Miss Stewart of Grantully / The Low Highland / Padaí Bhillí na Rópaí's Highland (2nd in set The Real Blackthorn Stick on MC) (also singled, also in Mixolydian)
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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).
19171.6#1
[PJConlon] Peter J. Conlon. The Genius of Peter Conlon. 78 RPM Recordings from 1917-1929. Peter J. Conlon (melodeon).
~19242.7#2
[MC] Michael Coleman. Michael Coleman 1891-1945. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
192512#2
[IDM 1] Irish Dance Music. Joe Flanagan (accordion).
19263#1
[WmMully] William Mullaly. The Westmeath Hunt. William Mullaly (concertina).
192616#1
192621#1
19292.19#2
[PJConlon] Peter J. Conlon. The Genius of Peter Conlon. 78 RPM Recordings from 1917-1929. Peter J. Conlon (melodeon). For this tune: with Walter Lally (banjo).
196028#1
[ECr] Elizabeth Crotty. Concertina Music from West Clare. Elizabeth Crotty (concertina). For this tune: with Paddy Canny (fiddle).
19691.24#1
[MR 10] Micho Russell. Rarities and Old Favorites 1949-1993. Micho Russell (whistle, flute, vocals). For this tune: (F whistle).
~19716#2
[BC 3] Bobby Casey. The Spirit of West Clare. Bobby Casey (fiddle, whistle).
~1973B.6#1
[AClareSn] Willy Clancy and various. A Clare Session with Willy Clancy and Friends. Willy Clancy (pipes), presumably with Peadar O'Loughlin (flute), Jimmy Ward (banjo), Martin Talty, and others.
19752#1
[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). For this tune: opens with Tommy Peoples (fiddle).
~19757#2
[PCt] Paddy Carty. Traditional Irish Music. Paddy Carty (flute). For this tune: with Mick O'Connor (banjo).
197611#2
[JCC] Jack and Charlie Coen. The Branch Line. Jack Coen (flute), Charlie Coen (concertina). For this tune: Jack (flute).
~19767#1
[TP 2] Tommy Peoples and Paul Brady. The High Part of the Road. Tommy Peoples (fiddle), Paul Brady (guitar).
~19771#2
[ECst] Traditional Irish Music in America. The East Coast. Sean McGlynn (accordion), Mike Flynn (flute), Jack Coen (flute).
197811#1
[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).
197812#1
[BB 5] The Bothy Band. The Best of the Bothy Band.
198511#2
[Kn] Noel Hill and Tony MacMahon. In Knocknagree. Noel Hill (concertina), Tony MacMahon (accordion).
~200012#2
[MMcNmr 2] Mary MacNamara. The Blackberry Blossom. Mary MacNamara (concertina). For this tune: (C/G concertina), with Andrew MacNamara (accordion).
200112#2
[PHCB] Public House Ceili Band. Go Figure. Dan Cobb (banjo), Dave Delgado (whistle), Alan Ng (fiddle), Bob Newton (octave mandolin).
~20035#1
[CarbQ 1] Angelina Carberry and Martin Quinn. Angelina Carberry and Martin Quinn. Angelina Carberry (banjo), Martin Quinn (accordion, melodeon). For this tune: Angelina (banjo).
~20079#3
[PHGH 2] Peter Horan and Gerry Harrington. The Merry Love to Play. Peter Horan (flute), Gerry Harrington (fiddle).
~201111#2
[JCtBRn] John Carty and Brian Rooney. At Complete Ease. John Carty (fiddle, tenor guitar), Brian Rooney (fiddle). For this tune: John (fiddle), with James Carty (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Blackthorn Stick
MC, PHGH 2
Molloy's
PJConlon
Scotch Mary
IDM 1
Salamanca
BC 3
Chicago Reel
PCt
Humours of Lissadell
JCC
Congress Reel
ECst
Moving Bog
Kn
Woman of the House
MMcNmr 2
Sporting Paddy
PHCB
Granuaile Barndance
JCtBRn
Played beforeOn Albums
Flowers of Red Hill
BB 1, TP 2, BB 4, BB 5, PHCB
Ivy Leaf
WmMully, WW 2, GD, MR 10
Byrns's Reel
CarbQ 1
Mountain Top
JCtBRn

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 #1429 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #666 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #71 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
As tune #234 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
On page 136 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #40 in [LPF] Eithne and Brian Vallely. Learn to Play the Fiddle with Armagh Pipers Club. [available]
As tune #303 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As tune #9 in [DM 2] Dave Mallinson. 100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 26 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 43 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #126 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As reel #181 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
As tune #108 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [available]
In [LM] L[arry]. E. McCullough. ? [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