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Tune ID#1273 (Merry Harriers)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Merry Harriers about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording IDM 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):
Merry Harriers, The / Merry Harriers / Merry Harrier's Reel / The Merry Harrier / Na Fiairí Feá (1st in set Rollicking Irishman / The Rollicking Irishman on JMcK; 3rd in set The Hillsbrook Reels on MMcG 3) (also in E; 2nd part used as intro on DubMMe) (compare reversed parts to Piper on Horseback #1587; compare 1st part with 1st part of Flowers of Redhill #649)
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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).
~19231.5#1
[JMcK] John McKenna. The Music and Life of John McKenna. 'The Buck from the Mountain'. John McKenna (flute, whistle, lilting, vocals). For this tune: (E flute).
19366#1
[OTUS1] Oldtime Records. Vol. 1. U.S. Recordings. Traditional Irish Recordings from the 1920's and 1930's. Martin Beirne and Orchestra: Martin Beirne (pipes), John Mulvihill (fiddle), John Griffin or James Darcy (flute), Billy McElligott (accordion).
193823#2
[IDM 1] Irish Dance Music. Belhavel Trio.
19753#1
~19771#2
[AM] Andy McGann and Paul Brady. It's A Hard Road to Travel. Andy McGann (fiddle), Paul Brady (guitar).
~198910#2
[BlaMrl] P.J. agus Marcus Hernon. Béal a' Mhurlaigh. P.J. Hernon (accordion, melodeon), Marcus Hernon (flute). For this tune: (D melodeon), (flute).
19901#3
[A RC] Altan. The Red Crow. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle, vocals), Frankie Kennedy (flute, whistle, vocals), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle), Mark Kelly (guitar, vocals), Ciaran Curran (bouzouki).
19982#1
[Chlr 1] Chulrua. Barefoot on the Altar. Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Tim Britton (pipes, flute, whistle), Pat Egan (guitar, vocals).
~19981#2
[JMcE] John McEvoy. Returning. John McEvoy (fiddle).
~19988#2
[MMR 2] Mike and Mary Rafferty. The Old Fireside Music. Mike Rafferty (flute, pipes), Mary Rafferty (accordion, whistle). For this tune: Mary (accordion).
20069#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).
~200611#1
[JasCt] James Carty. Upon My Soul. James Carty (flute). For this tune: with John P. (flute), John Carty (flute).
~20063#3
[MMcG 3] Michael McGoldrick. Wired. Michael McGoldrick (flute, whistle, pipes, mandolin, bodhrán). For this tune: (flute, pipes).
~200915#2
[DubMMe] Liam O'Connor and Seán McKeon. Dublin Made Me. Liam O'Connor (fiddle, viola), Seán McKeon (pipes).
~20145#2
[LoMulc 1] Louise Mulcahy. Tuning the Road. Louise Mulcahy (flute, pipes, whistle). For this tune: (C pipes).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Ash Plant
IDM 1, MMR 2, TCB 4
Crooked Road to Dublin
AM
Scatter the Mud
BlaMrl
Lady Montgomery
A RC
Corney Is Coming
JMcE
Skyedance
MMcG 3
Gardener's Daughter
DubMMe
Boys on the Hilltop
LoMulc 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Hut in the Bog
IDM 1, JasCt
Over the Moor to Peggy
JMcK
Old Maids of Galway
OTUS1
Johnny Allen's
Chlr 1
Fair Wind
TCB 4
Lady Gordon
MMcG 3
Five-Mile Chase
LoMulc 1

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 #1339 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #594 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #249 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
On page 122 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As reel #213 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