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Tune ID#89 (Ash Plant)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Ash Plant about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording IDM 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBE Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Ash Plant, The / Ash Plant / The Ashplant / The Ash-Plant / The Ash Plant No. 1 / An Maide Fuinnseoige / Planda na Fuirseoige / An Chraobh Chaorthainn (3rd in The Ash Plant Set on Drv 2; 3rd in set Slip Jigs on Drv 4; as interlude in song My Johnny Was a Shoemaker on LTC 1; 2nd in set Meitheamh on Lu 1; 2nd in set The Trip to Cullenstown on A BI; 1st in set Ash Plant on ECoy 1; appears within song Keeper of the Game on MSHtn 1) (also singled, also in A Dorian; the established setting in F# Minor is distinct enough to potentially be considered a separate tune) (compare Morning Dew #2512)
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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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[IDM 1] Irish Dance Music. Belhavel Trio.
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[JV] John Vesey. Sligo Fiddler. John Vesey (fiddle).
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[GP] The Gentlemen Pipers. Classic Recordings of Irish Traditional Piping. Felix Doran.
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[CC] Bernard O'Sullivan and Tommy McMahon. Clare Concertinas. Bernard O'Sullivan (concertina), Tommy McMahon (concertina) except where solos noted.
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[DODnl] Danny O'Donnell. Ón tSean-Am Anall. Danny O'Donnell (fiddle).
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[Kn] Noel Hill and Tony MacMahon. In Knocknagree. Noel Hill (concertina), Tony MacMahon (accordion).
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[Drv 2] Dervish. Playing with Fire. Cathy Jordan (vocals, bodhrán, bones), Shane Mitchell (accordion), Shane Mc Aleer (fiddle), Liam Kelly (flute, whistle, vocals), Brian Mc Donagh (mandola, mandolin, guitar, vocals, bassola), Michael Holmes (bouzouki, guitar).
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[Drv 4] Dervish. Live in Palma. Cathy Jordan (vocals), Liam Kelly (flute), Shane McAleer (fiddle), Shane Mitchell (accordion), Brian McDonagh (mandola, guitar), Micheal Holmes (bouzouki). For this tune: Shane MacAleer (fiddle), Liam Kelly (flute).
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[Lu 1] Lúnasa. Lúnasa. Seán Smyth (fiddle, whistle), Mike McGoldrick (flute, whistle), John McSherry (pipes, whistle), Donagh Hennessy (guitar), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass).
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[MMR 2] Mike and Mary Rafferty. The Old Fireside Music. Mike Rafferty (flute, pipes), Mary Rafferty (accordion, whistle). For this tune: Mary (accordion).
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[MMcG 2] Michael McGoldrick. Fused. Michael McGoldrick (flute except where noted).
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[A BI] Altan. Blue Idol. Not identified in liner notes. [Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle, vocals), Ciaran Tourish (fiddle, whistle), Dermot Byrne (accordion), Ciaran Curran (bouzouki), Mark Kelly (guitar), Dáithi Sproule (guitar)]. For this tune: Ciaran (fiddle).
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[ECoy 1] Éamonn Coyne. Through the Round Window. Éamonn Coyne (banjo, guitar, mandolin). For this tune: with Dermot Byrne (melodeon).
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[JWh 2] John Whelan. From the Heart. Traditional Irish Music. John Whelan (accordion). For this tune: with Patrick Mangan (fiddle).
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~20038#2 (1:47)
[MSHtn 1] Matt and Shannon Heaton. Dearga. Shannon Heaton (flute, whistle, vocals), Matt Heaton (guitar, vocals, bodhrán, dobro, electric guitar). For this tune: (F whistle).
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[RogRd] Jason O'Rourke and Ruadhraí O'Kane. Roguery Road. Jason O'Rourke (concertina), Ruadhraí O'Kane (fiddle). For this tune: Ruadhraí (fiddle).
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[TCB 4] The Tulla Céilí Band. 60th Anniversary Celebration. Mark Donnellan (fiddle), Martin Hayes (fiddle), Jim Corry (piano), Sean Donnelly (accordion), Michael McKee (accordion), J.J. Conway (flute), Jennifer Lenihan (flute), Martin Glynn (flute), Mick Flanagan (drums).
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[LTC 1] Long Time Courting. Alternate Routes. Ariel Friedman (cello, vocals), Liz Simmon (guitar, vocals), Shannon Heaton (flute, whistle, vocals), Sarah Blair (fiddle, vocals).
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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 #116 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
On page 47 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
In [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
As tune #14 in [DM 3] Dave Mallinson. 100 Evergreen Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 1 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #220 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): 1938