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Tune ID#2407 (Higgins' Hornpipe)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Higgins' Hornpipe about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording LR 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Higgins' Hornpipe / Higgins' / O'Higgins / Higgin's / Higgin's Hornpipe / The Cliff Hornpipe / The Cliff / Cornphíopa na hAille / The Standard Hornpipe / The Ruby Hornpipe / The Ruby / Fred Wilson's Hornpipe / Wilson's Clog / The Harvest Home / Baile an Fhómhair / John J. Kimmel's Favorite (2nd in Medley of Clogs on JKm and on Hmdgr, although in a notably different setting; with a modern 3rd part on NtDay) (compare The Harvest Home #808) (composed by James Hill, but only according to the NMllgn 2 source)

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
19094#2 (0:23)
[JKm] John J. Kimmel. John J. Kimmel. Early Recordings of Irish Traditional Dance Music. John J. Kimmel (accordion).
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~194821#1
[LR 1] Leo Rowsome. Classics of Irish Piping. Leo Rowsome (pipes).
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194922#4
[TnRadio] Tuning the Radio. Seán Seery (pipes).
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~195022#2
[GD] From Galway to Dublin. Early Recordings of Traditional Irish Music. Tommy Reck (Bb pipes).
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197430#2
[JD 3] John Doherty. The Celebrated Recordings. John Doherty (fiddle, vocals).
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~19962#1
[MOB] Mick O' Brien. May Morning Dew. Mick O' Brien (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (B pipes).
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~199711#1
[NMllgn 2] Neil Mulligan. The Leitrim Thrush. Neil Mulligan (C# pipes).
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~20031.18#1
[WFO 2] Wooden Flute Obsession 2. Dermot Grogan (flute).
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~20073#1
[TAM] Joe Burke, Brian Conway and Felix Dolan. A Tribute to Andy McGann. Joe Burke (accordion), Brian Conway (fiddle), Felix Dolan (piano). For this tune: Joe Burke (accordion).
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~20073#2
[Hmdgr] Paul Brock and Enda Scahill. Humdinger. Paul Brock (accordion), Enda Scahill (banjo, mandolin).
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20088#2
[NtDay] Brett Lipshutz and Randy Lee Gosa. Night and Day. Brett Lipshutz (flute, whistle, bombarde), Randy Lee Gosa (guitar).
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~20082#1
[RossBr] Ben Lennon and Tony O'Connell. Rossinver Braes. Ben Lennon (fiddle), Tony O'Connell (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 #1738 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #914 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #175 in volume 3 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #101 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." [available]
On page 206 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 24 of [Ba] Betty M. Barlow. Fiddle Tunes for the Violinist. [available]
As tune #89 in [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [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): 1903