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Tune ID#870 (Humours of Westport)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Humours of Westport about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MG (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBF Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Humours of Westport, The / Humours of Westport / The Humors of Westport / Pléaraca Chathair na Mart / The Milestone at the Garden / The Milestone in the Garden / The Coggers Quilt (2nd in set The Mountain Road on 4MD 2) (also with parts reversed and also singled, also in G or D) (compare Scottish reel The Clydesdale Lasses included here and Pretty Peggy #1612)

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
193516#2
[WW 1] The Wheels of the World. Early Irish-American Music. Classic Recordings from the 1920s and 1930s. Vol. 1. James Morrison (fiddle).
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19351#2
[MG] Milestone at the Garden. Irish Fiddle Masters from the 78 RPM Era. James Morrison (fiddle).
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196514#1
[TMC] Joe Burke, Andy McGann, and Felix Dolan. A Tribute to Michael Coleman. Joe Burke (accordion), Andy McGann (fiddle), Felix Dolan (piano).
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198610#2
[TJC] Frankie Gavin and Paul Brock. Ómós do Joe Cooley. A Tribute to Joe Cooley. Frankie Gavin (fiddle), Paul Brock (accordion).
Go to Album
~19892#2
[DBDL] Ben Lennon, Séamus Quinn, Gabriel McArdle, Ciarán Curran. Dog Big and Dog Little. Ben Lennon (fiddle), Séamus Quinn (fiddle, accordion, piano), Gabriel McArdle (concertina, song), Ciarán Curran (cittern).
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199013#4
[MLIIA] The Boston College Irish Fiddle Festival - My Love Is in America. Séamus Connolly (fiddle).
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199112#3
[A HS] Altan. Harvest Storm. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle, vocals), Frankie Kennedy (flute, whistle, vocals), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle), Ciaran Tourish (fiddle, whistle, vocals), Mark Kelly (guitar, vocals), Ciaran Curran (bouzouki, bouzouki-guitar).
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~199214#2
[CTL 3] Cherish the Ladies. The Back Door. Mary Coogan (guitar, banjo), Siobhan Egan (fiddle, bodhrán), Eileen Golden (feet), Winifred Horan (fiddle, feet), Maureen Doherty Macken [Mary Rafferty] (accordion, flute), Joanie Madden (flute, whistle), Cathie Ryan (vocals), Linnane Wick (feet). For this tune: Joanie Madden (flute).
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~19938#2
[4MD 2] Four Men and a Dog. Shifting Gravel. Cathal Hayden (fiddle, banjo), Gino Lupari (percussion, vocals), Kevin Doherty (guitar, vocals), Arty McGlynn (guitar), Conor Keane (accordion), Gerry O'Connor (banjo, fiddle).
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19975#2
[SCAC] Séamus Creagh, Aidan Coffey. Séamus Creagh, Aidan Coffey. Séamus Creagh (fiddle), Aidan Coffey (accordion).
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~199911#2
[DzDnly 1] Dezi Donnelly. Familiar Footsteps. Dezi Donnelly (fiddle).
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~200113#3
[FG 6] Frankie Gavin. Fierce Traditional. Frankie Gavin (fiddle, flute).
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~20024#4 (11:05)
[Boh 3] Bohola. Bohola. Jimmy Keane (piano accordion), Sean Cleland (fiddle, viola, baritone fiddle), Pat Broaders (dordan, bouzouki, vocals).
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200812#2
[RedW] The Red Wellies. The Red Wellies. Claudine "Beanie" Odell (fiddle), Duncan Wickel (fiddle, pipes), Vincent Fogarty (bouzouki).
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~20089#3
[BCw 2] Brian Conway. Consider the Source. Brian Conway (fiddle).
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20099#2
[LBCK] Kevin Griffin, Eoin O'Neill, Quentin Cooper. Live at the Burren Centre, Kilfenora. Kevin Griffin (banjo), Eoin O'Neill (bouzouki), Quentin Cooper (mandolin, banjo). For this tune: Kevin (banjo).
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20094#2
[RoClare] Riches of Clare. Kevin Griffin (banjo).
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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 #1177 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #17 in [Sc] Scottish Fiddle Tunes. [available]
As tune #457 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 91 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 49 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #140 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