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Tune ID#1124 (Lilting Banshee)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Lilting Banshee about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording CmA 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Lilting Banshee, The / The Banshee / The Wailing Banshee / Ballinasloe Fair / The Sligo Jig / The Miller of Glanmire / Miller of Glenmire / The Miller of Glenmire / The Maids of Glenroe / The Killaloe Boat / Lay Her Down Easy / John Conroy's Jig / Ryan's Favourite / Ryan's Favorite (1st in set Bohola Jigs on McGrCool; 2nd in set Chase around the Windmill on Ch B) (compare 1st part with 1st part of Killaloe Boat #6691 and with 1st part of #7065)
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Discography cd

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 (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
19581.16#1
[JV] John Vesey. Sligo Fiddler. John Vesey (fiddle). For this tune: with Tom Standeven (fiddle), Ed Cahill (flute).
~196430#1
~1974B.5#1
[McGrCool] McGreevy and Cooley. McGreevy and Cooley. John McGreevy (fiddle), Seamus Cooley (flute). For this tune: 1st time Seamus (flute).
19763#1
[JCC] Jack and Charlie Coen. The Branch Line. Jack Coen (flute), Charlie Coen (concertina). For this tune: Jack (flute).
1978B.6#1
[ECahill] Eddie Cahill. Ah! Surely. Eddie Cahill (flute).
~197910#2
[Ch B] The Chieftains. 9. Boil the Breakfast Early. Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Seán Keane (fiddle), Martin Fay (fiddle, bones), Derek Bell (harp, tiompán), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán, vocals), Matt Molloy (flute, whistle).
19931.3#1
[SDI 2] Set Dances of Ireland. Volume II. Denis McMahon (fiddle), Paudy Scully (flute), Timmy O'Connor (melodeon), Michael Tubridy (flute), Tommy McCarthy (concertina), Eamon McGivney (fiddle).
19942.4#1
[SDI 3] Set Dances of Ireland. Volume III. Michael (flute), Tommy (concertina), Eamon (fiddle).
19972#2
[JKn 4] James Keane. With Friends Like These. James Keane (accordion). For this tune: with Tommy Peoples (fiddle).
~19986#2
[KHe] Kevin Henry. One's Own Place - A Family Tradition. Kevin Henry (flute, whistle, pipes, vocals). For this tune: with Maggie Healy (flute).
~20022#3
[Fns] Feenish. Rabharta. P.J. Hernon (accordion), Marcus Hernon (flute, whistle), Don Stiffe (vocals, guitar, whistle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Killavil Jig
JKn 4, KHe
Toss the Feathers
Ch B
Boys of the Town
Fns
Played beforeOn Albums
Butcher's MarchCmA 1, McGrCool
Jim Conroy's Jig
JCC
Munster Buttermilk
ECahill
Cailleach an Airgid
Ch B
Out on the Ocean
SDI 2
Humours of Ennistymon
SDI 3
Joy of My Life
JV
Do You Want Any More?
JKn 4

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 musical matches to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #765 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #48 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 34 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #40 in volume 2 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As jig #74 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #79 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
As jig #1 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [available]
On page 96 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 96 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 159 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
On page 159 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As jig #71 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