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Tune ID#1849 (Sunny Banks)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Sunny Banks about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JOH 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Sunny Banks, The / Sunny Banks / Na Bruachanna Gréine / Na Bruacha Gréine / Na Bruacha Grianmhara / Reevey Johnson / The Flowers of Ballymote / The Maids of Donegal (mislabeled as Miss Thorton on KHe; mislabeled as The Flooded Road to Glenties on CTL 11) (also doubled, also in E, also as hornpipe)

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
~196220#1
[KHe] Kevin Henry. One's Own Place - A Family Tradition. Kevin Henry (flute, whistle, pipes, vocals). For this tune: Johnny Henry (fiddle).
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~199711#1
[SHernon] Seán Hernon. An Nóra Bheag. Seán Hernon (Eb whistle, banjo).
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~19996#1
[JOH 1] John O'Halloran. "But Why, Johnny?". John O'Halloran (accordion). For this tune: (C# accordion).
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~199918#1
[MtRd] The Mountain Road. A Compilation of Tunes Popular in South Sligo. Harry McGowan (flute), Mick Loftus (flute), with Jim Corry (piano).
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~20003#2
[CLnn 1] Charlie Lennon. Time for a Tune. Charlie Lennon (fiddle, piano, drum).
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~200511#3
[CTL 11] Cherish the Ladies. Woman of the House. Joanie Madden (flute, whistle, harmony vocals), Mary Coogan (guitar, mandolin, banjo, banjitar, octave mandolin), Heidi Talbot (vocals), Roisin Dillon (fiddle), Mirella Murray (accordion).
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~20078#3
[RdOnly] Brian McNamara and Tim Collins. Reed Only. Brian McNamara (pipes), Tim Collins (concertina).
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~20107#2
[CYHCIt] Catherine McEvoy, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. Comb Your Hair and Curl It. Catherine McEvoy (flute), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle), Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (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 #148 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
As tune #31 in [P50] Brian and Eithne Vallely. Play 50 Reels. [available]
As reel #65 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
In [L] Alan's private loose music.
As tune #8 in [DM 2] Dave Mallinson. 100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes. [available]
As reel #324 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #96 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): 1962