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Tune ID#4890 (Sunshine Hornpipe)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Sunshine 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 OTUS2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBA Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Sunshine Hornpipe, The / Cornphíopa Sholas na Gréine / The Sunshine / Solas na Gréine / Shunster's Hornpipe / Shunster's / The Pansy Blossom / St Elmo (1st and 3rd in set Sunshine on OTUS2) (also in G or D)

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
192911#1
[OTUS2] Oldtime Records. Vol. 2. U.S. Recordings. Traditional Irish Recordings from 1923 to 1947. Four Provinces Orchestra.
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~19963#2
[ECotter] Eamonn Cotter. Traditional Irish Music from County Clare. Eamonn Cotter (flute).
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~19996#2
[DzDnly 1] Dezi Donnelly. Familiar Footsteps. Dezi Donnelly (fiddle).
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~20073#2
[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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~200814#2
[BCw 2] Brian Conway. Consider the Source. Brian Conway (fiddle).
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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 #1667 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #952 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 189 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #75 in [DM 2] Dave Mallinson. 100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes. [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