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Tune ID#125 (Banshee)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Banshee about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BB 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Banshee, The / The Banshee Reel / An Bhean Sí / McMahon's / McMahon's Reel / McMahons / The McMahon Reel / Ríl Mhic Mhathúna / The Moyasta / Strone Johnny (2nd in set White Cockade on McP BHB) (also in D) (composed by James McMahon aka John McMahon)

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
197514#2
[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: starts (flute, pipes).
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19751#2
[BB 5] The Bothy Band. The Best of the Bothy Band.
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~198314#2
[JB 3] Joe Burke with Máire Ní Chathasaigh. The Tailor's Choice. Joe Burke (flute, whistle, accordion). For this tune: with Mike Rafferty of Ballinakill.
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19912.5#2
[McP BHB] The McPeake Family and Paul Burns. Back Home in Belfast. (Eb whistle).
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19941.5#2
[BPower] Brendan Power. New Irish Harmonica. Brendan Power (harmonica).
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~19979#1
[Shskn 10] Shaskeen. Music for Set Dancing and Listening. Tom Cussen (banjo, mandolin), Benny O'Connor (drums, bodhrán, bongos), Seán Conway (flute, whistle, guitar), Eamonn Cotter (flute), Mike Fahy (guitar), Charlie Harris (accordion), Geraldine Cotter (piano), Carl Hession (piano).
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~19982.5#2
[ESL 1] An Evening in Sliabh Luachra. Volume One. A Collection of Traditional Music and Song from the Sliabh Luachra Area. Carmel O'Leary (whistle), Emma O'Leary (fiddle).
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200013#1
[ACB 1] The Abbey Céilí Band. Bruach an tSuláin. Ger Murphy (accordion), Andrew O'Connell (fiddle), Liam Forde (banjo), Micheál Creedon (bass, keyboards).
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20002.18#1
[LaL] Lámh ar Lámh. Many Hands. various.
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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 #273 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2.
On page 88 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #4 in volume 1 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On page 185 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As tune #18 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 1 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 2 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #8 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #17 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [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): 1968