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Tune ID#649 (Flowers of Red Hill)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Flowers of Red Hill 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 ?
Reel16ABA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Flowers of Red Hill, The / Flowers of Redhill / Hills of Clogher / The Clogher Reel / The Clougher / Dan McCarthy's Fancy / Dan McCarty's Fancy / Country Girl's Fortune / The Pigeon on the Gate / An Colúr ar an nGeata / The Pigeon on the Pier / Pigeon on the Pier / Country Girl's Fortune / Dan McCarty's Fancy / League and Slasher / Gallagher's Best / Reidy's Reel / The Athol Braes / The Scotch Braes / The Drinking Reel / The Drunken Tailor / The Wandering Tinker / Lagan Slashers / The Lagan Slashers (2nd in set Jim Colemans Reels on ST KCF; 1st in set Red Hill Burning on GOC 2) (also in Mixolydian) (compare Flowers of Redhill #2419 and Maid in the Cherry Tree #2184; compare 1st part with 1st part of Merry Harriers #1273 and with 1st part of Cuffe Street #1457)

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
~19715#2
[ST BST] Seamus Tansey. [The Best of Seamus Tansey. Traditional Irish Flute]. Disc 1 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music. Seamus Tansey (flute).
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19752#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).
Go to Album
~19762#2
[ST KCF] Séamus Tansey. King of the Concert Flute. Remastered. Séamus Tansey (flute).
Go to Album
~19767#2
[TP 2] Tommy Peoples and Paul Brady. The High Part of the Road. Tommy Peoples (fiddle), Paul Brady (guitar).
Go to Album
197811#2
[BB 4] The Bothy Band. After Hours. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Matt Molloy (flute), Dónal Lunny (vocals, bouzouki, guitar, bodhrán), Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill (vocals, keyboards, bodhrán), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (vocals, guitar, keyboards).
Go to Album
197812#2
[BB 5] The Bothy Band. The Best of the Bothy Band.
Go to Album
~19916#1
[BT] Baal Tinne. . . . About Time. Noel Rice (flute, whistle), Kevin Rice (bodhrán, percussion), Cathleen Rice (fiddle), Matt Sundstrom (guitar), Paul Cienniwa (piano, keyboards).
Go to Album
~19979#1
[KHe] Kevin Henry. One's Own Place - A Family Tradition. Kevin Henry (flute, whistle, pipes, vocals). For this tune: with Maggie Healy (flute).
Go to Album
~19992#1 (2:02)
[GOC 2] Gerry O'Connor. Myriad. Gerry O'Connor (banjo, fiddle, guitar). For this tune: (banjo, fiddle).
Go to Album
200112#3
[PHCB] Public House Ceili Band. Go Figure. Dan Cobb (banjo), Dave Delgado (whistle), Alan Ng (fiddle), Bob Newton (octave mandolin).
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~20038#2
[JCt 4] John Carty. At It Again. John Carty (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 #1283 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #548 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #250(i) in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2.
As tune #7 in volume 3 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On page 111 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As reel #83 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #20 in [DM 2] Dave Mallinson. 100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 21 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 36 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #105 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [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