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Tune ID#775 (Green Fields of America)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Green Fields of America 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 ?
Reel32AABB'G Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Green Fields of America, The / Greenfields of America / Garranta Glasa Mheiriceá / Cuibhrinn Ghlasa Mheiriceá / Bánta Glasa Mheiriceá / John Naughton's Green Fields of America / Molly Brallaghan / Molly Brallighan / Molly Brannigan / Mollie Brannigan / Charming Molly Brannigan / Charming Molly Brannagan / Pretty Molly Brannigan / Molly Brannigan / Charming Mollie Brallaghan / Charming Molly Brallaghan / Purty Molly Brallaghan / Judy Brannagan / Judy Brallaghan / Johnny, When You Die, Will You Will Me the Fiddle? / Whiskey before Breakfast (4th in set The Humours of Glin on Cran 5) (also in A) (also as jig, included here only in book R #121) (compare Old Mother Flanagan included here in book FF , compare 1st part with 1st part of jig Maid in the Meadow #1838, and compare air #3291)
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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).
191614#3
[JKm] John J. Kimmel. John J. Kimmel. Early Recordings of Irish Traditional Dance Music. John J. Kimmel (accordion).
19271.24#1
[MC] Michael Coleman. Michael Coleman 1891-1945. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
192714#1
[MC 2] Michael Coleman. The Enduring Magic. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
19297#3
[IDM 1] Irish Dance Music. "K. Scanlon".
192910#3
196024#1
[ECr] Elizabeth Crotty. Concertina Music from West Clare. Elizabeth Crotty (concertina).
197312#2
[WC 2] Willie Clancy. The Pipering of Willie Clancy. Volume 1. Willie Clancy (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes).
~19782.6#1
[Boys 7] Boys of the Lough. Wish You Were Here. Highlands and Islands Tour. Dave Richardson (mandolin, banjo), Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathal McConnell (flute, whistle), Robin Morton (bodhrán, concertina).
~197816#3
[ItS] In the Smoke. John Doonan (piccolo).
~19807#2
[JKn 2] James Keane. Roll Away the Reel World. James Keane (accordion). For this tune: with Mick Moloney (banjo).
~19897#1
[FG 3] Frankie Gavin. Frankie Goes to Town. Frankie Gavin (fiddle, flute). For this tune: Frankie (fiddle).
199415#1
[JDr 1] Joe Derrane with Felix Dolan. Give Us Another. Joe Derrane (accordion), Felix Dolan (piano).
~19952.3#2
[JCrehan] Junior Crehan. The Last House in Ballymakea. Junior Crehan (fiddle, vocals, concertina). For this tune: Junior Crehan (fiddle), Tony Crehan (concertina), Angela Crehan (whistle), Ita Crehan (whistle), P.J. Crotty (flute), Bobby Casey (fiddle), Eamon McGivney (fiddle).
~19971#1
[TMcCrthy] Tommy McCarthy. Sporting Nell. Tommy McCarthy (concertina, pipes, whistle). For this tune: (concertina).
20072#3
[PotW] John Wynne and John McEvoy. Pride of the West. John Wynne (flute), John McEvoy (fiddle).
201213#3
[CtNGn] Caitlín Nic Gabhann. Caitlín. Caitlín Nic Gabhann (concertina, dance).
~201411#4
[Cran 5] Cran. Dally and Stray. Seán Corcoran (vocals, mandocello), Desi Wilkinson (flute, whistle, pipes, vocals), Ronan Browne (pipes, flute, whistle, vocals).
~20157#4
[AtMcGn 2] Antóin MacGabhann, with Charlie Lennon. Tunesmith. Antóin MacGabhann (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Swallow's Tail
IDM 1, MG
Red-Haired Lass
PotW, Cran 5
Blackberry Blossom
JKm
Molly Brannigan
WC 2
Heather Breeze
ItS
Father Kelly's
JKn 2
Old Torn Petticoat
JCrehan
Reel with the Birl
CtNGn
Green-Gowned Lass
AtMcGn 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Swallow's Tail
MC, MC 2
Bag of Spuds
Boys 7
Aran Waves
JDr 1
Sporting Nell
TMcCrthy

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 #1240 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #513 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #121 in volume 1 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #157 in volume 1 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #79 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
As tune #95 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
On page 103 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 126 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
On page 208 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As reel #124 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #9 in [DM 4] Dave Mallinson. 100 Vital Irish Session Tunes. [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