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Tune ID#1228 (Mary McMahon)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Mary McMahon about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Bx (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Mary McMahon / Mary McMahon's / Mary MacMahon / Mary McMahon of Ballinahinch / Micho Russell's / Micko Russell's / Micko Russel's / Boys on the Hilltop / The Boys on the Hilltop / Buachaillí Bharr an Chnoic / The Foxhunters (1st in set Noel Hill's / Noel Hills' on DD HR) (also singled, also in G) (composed by Paddy Fahey)

cd Discography

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. Performers (instruments). Go to album
~1989A.1#2
[Bx] Boxty. Boxty. Christine Dowling (flute, vocals, concertina), Martin Dowling (fiddle), Bob Newton (mandocello).
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~19951#1
[DD HR] De Dannan. Hibernian Rhapsody. Frankie Gavin (fiddle, flute), Alec Finn (bouzouki, guitar), Colm Murphy (bodhrán), Derek Hickey (accordion), Tommy Flemming (vocals).
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~19968#1
[LN 1] Laurence Nugent. Traditional Irish Music on Flute and Tin-Whistle. Laurence Nugent (flute, whistle). For this tune: (C whistle).
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19994#1
[MH 4] Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill. Live in Seattle. Martin Hayes (fiddle), Dennis Cahill (guitar).
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20008#2
[INS] Hammy Hamilton, Séamus Creagh, Con Ó Drisceoil. It's No Secret. Hammy Hamilton (flute, vocals), Séamus Creagh (fiddle, vocals), Con Ó Drisceoil (accordion, vocals, piano). For this tune: Hammy Hamilton (flute).
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20018#1
[JCrv] John Creaven. The Story So Far. John Creaven (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
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~20012#2
[Beg 2] Beginish. Stormy Weather. Brendan Begley (accordion, vocals), Noel O'Grady (bouzouki), Paul McGrattan (flute, whistle), Gavin Ralston (guitar, keyboards), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle).
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200313#3
[LLPQ 2] The London Lasses and Pete Quinn. Track Across the Deep. Karen Ryan (fiddle, whistle), Elaine Conwell (fiddle), Dee Havlin (flute, whistle), Maureen Linane (accordion), Kathleen O'Sullivan (vocals).
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~20031.17#2
[WFO 2] Wooden Flute Obsession 2. Elaine Jeffreys (flute).
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~20072#1
[Hmdgr] Paul Brock and Enda Scahill. Humdinger. Paul Brock (accordion), Enda Scahill (banjo, mandolin).
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~20078#1
[RdOnly] Brian McNamara and Tim Collins. Reed Only. Brian McNamara (pipes), Tim Collins (concertina).
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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 very similar to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #269 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2.
As tune #24 in volume 2 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As reel #211 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 27 of [T] Fintan Vallely. Timber. The Flute Tutor. 2nd Edition. [available]
As reel #198 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #202 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [available]
As reel #212 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): 1966