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Tune ID#842 (Holly Bush)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Holly Bush about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording CW (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Holly Bush, The / Chris Droney's / [misspelled as:] Chris Droneys / Chris Droney's Jig / The Three Little Drummers / Three Little Drummers / The Shamrock (2nd in The Boop Set on Socks 1)
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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).
~198510#3
[CW] Matt Molloy and Sean Keane. Contentment Is Wealth. Matt Molloy (flute), Sean Keane (fiddle).
~19936#3
[JKn 3] James Keane. That's the Spirit. James Keane (accordion).
~19942#2
[SetFree] Tola Custy and Cyril O'Donoghue. Setting Free. Tola Custy (fiddle), Cyril O'Donoghue (vocals, bouzouki, guitar).
~19983#3
[Sol 3] Solas. The Words That Remain. Karan Casey (vocals), John Doyle (guitar, etc.), Seamus Egan (flute, banjo, etc.), Winifred Horan (fiddle, etc.), Mick McAuley (accordion, concertina, etc.).
~19993#2
[CNea 1] Colin Nea. The Pure Box. Colin Nea (accordion). For this tune: with Joe Finn (pipes), Aidan McMahon (fiddle).
~20007#1
[MDOF] Mícheál Darby Ó Fátharta. Bosca Bídeach. Mícheál Darby Ó Fátharta (melodeon). For this tune: with Luisne Ní Neachtain (fiddle).
~201211#2
[Socks 1] Socks in the Frying Pan. Socks in the Frying Pan. Shane Hayes (accordion), Fiachra Hayes (fiddle, banjo), Aodán Coyne (guitar, vocals).
20152#2
[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
Give Us a Drink of Water
CW
Little House under the Hill
JKn 3
Priest's Boots
SetFree
Waking Up in Wonderful Wark
Sol 3
Gallowglass
CNea 1
[untitled]
Socks 1
A Blast of Wind
LKPD
Played beforeOn Albums
Aodhan's Jig
Sol 3
Mick Quinn's
MDOF
Bird in the Bush
Socks 1
Baby Rory's
LKPD

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 jig #160 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
As jig #76 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): 1985