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Tune ID#869 (Humours of Tulla)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Humours of Tulla about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JC (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):
Humours of Tulla, The / The Humors of Tulla / Humours of Tullagh / Pléaráca an Tulaigh / Ríl an Tulla / The Tulla / The Virginia (for 3rd figure of Connemara Set on JRSLCB 2; 3rd in set The Humours of Tulla on TCB 4; 1st in set The Cooley Set on MOCCH 1) (also in G or C) (compare 1st part with 1st part of Boys of Tulla #5048)

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
~19633#1
[JC] Joe Cooley. Cooley. Joe Cooley (accordion). For this tune: with Joe Leary (fiddle).
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~19788#2
[IT 2] The Irish Tradition. The Corner House. Billy McComiskey (accordion), Brendan Mulvihill (fiddle), Andy O'Brien (guitar, vocals). For this tune: Billy McComiskey (accordion).
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~19781#1
[StWing 1] Stockton's Wing. Stockton's Wing. Jigs, Reels & Songs. Maurice Lennon (fiddle), Tommy Hayes (bodhrán, jew's harp), Kieran Hanrahan (banjo, harmonica, bouzouki), Paul Roche (flute, whistle), Tony Callanan (vocals, guitar, bouzouki).
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~197810#2
[BigSq] The Big Squeeze. Masters of the Celtic Accordion. Billy McComiskey (accordion).
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~198812#1
[SW] Silly Wizard. Live Wizardry.
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199712#1
[Dnu 1] Danú. Danú. Daire Bracken (fiddle), Brendan McCarthy (accordion), Donnchadh Gough (pipes, bodhrán), Tom Doorley (flute), Eamonn Doorley (bouzouki, fiddle), Timmy Murray (guitar), Cárthach Mac Craith (vocals). For this tune: Daire (fiddle).
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~199711#1
[CBt] Celtic Beat. Traditional Music from Ireland. Neil Martin (C whistle).
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~19977#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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~199813#2
[BG 5] Bobby Gardiner. The Clare Shout. Bobby Gardiner (melodeon, lilting). For this tune: (lilting).
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~199821#2
[JRSLCB 2] Johnny Reidy and the Sliabh Luachra Ceili Band. Music for Set Dancing Vol. II. Johnny Reidy (accordion).
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19992#7 (14:57)
[MH 4] Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill. Live in Seattle. Martin Hayes (fiddle), Dennis Cahill (guitar).
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200012#2
[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#3
[MDOF] Mícheál Darby Ó Fátharta. Bosca Bídeach. Mícheál Darby Ó Fátharta (melodeon).
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20017#2
[PHCB] Public House Ceili Band. Go Figure. Dan Cobb (banjo), Dave Delgado (whistle), Alan Ng (fiddle), Bob Newton (octave mandolin).
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200616#3
[TCB 4] The Tulla Céilí Band. 60th Anniversary Celebration. Mark Donnellan (fiddle), Martin Hayes (fiddle), Jim Corry (piano), Sean Donnelly (accordion), Michael McKee (accordion), J.J. Conway (flute), Jennifer Lenihan (flute), Martin Glynn (flute), Mick Flanagan (drums).
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~20078#2
[GCB 2] The Glenside. Take the Floor with The Glenside. Tom Flood (accordion), Johnny Duffy (banjo), Moyra Fraser (keyboard, vocals), Aidan Flood (drums).
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~200813#1
[MOCCH 1] Máirtín O'Connor, Cathal Hayden, Seamie O'Dowd. Crossroads. Máirtín O'Connor (accordion), Cathal Hayden (fiddle, banjo, viola), Seamie O'Dowd (guitar, vocals, bass, mandolin, cabasa).
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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 #4 in volume 3 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On page 87 of [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
In [L] Alan's private loose music.
As tune #51 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 30 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
As reel #15 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [available]
On page 49 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #139 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #171 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [available]
As tune #140 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [available]
As ?.63 in [CRE 3+] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann.

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): 1963