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Tune ID#1587 (Piper on Horseback)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Piper on Horseback about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MLIIA (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):
Piper on Horseback, The / The Fair Haired Lass / The Dark Haired Lass / Jig away the Donkey / Mick Hoy's / Ciaran Kelly's / The Merry Harriers (1st in set On Horseback on EI 2; 4th in set Piper on Horseback on LMcK 1) (reversed parts in book 1850) (also with 1st part in Mixolydian mode) (compare reversed parts to Merry Harriers #1273)
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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).
199015#2
~19902.4#1
[HamHam] Hammy Hamilton. The Moneymusk. Hammy Hamilton (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
19951#1
[EI 2] Eileen Ivers. Wild Blue. Eileen Ivers (fiddle), John Doyle (guitar), Tom 'T-Bone' Wolk (organ, accordion, guitar, bass), Ben Wittman (drums), Kimati Dinizulu (percussion).
19951.9#1
~20011.18#1
[WFO 1] Wooden Flute Obsession. Hammy Hamilton (flute).
20031#4
[LLses 2] The London Lasses and Pete Quinn. Track Across the Deep. Karen Ryan (fiddle, whistle), Elaine Conwell (fiddle), Dee Havlin (flute, whistle), Maureen Linane (accordion), Kathleen O'Sullivan (vocals).
~200313#4
[LMcK 1] Laura MacKenzie. Laura and the Lads. Laura MacKenzie (flute, whistle, concertina, vocals), Brian Miller (guitar). For this tune: (flute).
~200612#3
[DCB 1] The Doon Céilí Band. Around the World for Sport. Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Kate Dowling (flute), Laura MacKenzie (flute), Brian Miller (flute), Jode Dowling (fiddle), Django Amerson (fiddle), Sean Egan (piano).
~20102#2
[2TapTrio] The Two Tap Trio. A Night at the Fair. Nathan Gourley (fiddle), Norah Rendell (flute, vocals), Brian Miller (guitar, bouzouki, backing vocals).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Siobhán O'Donnell's
MLIIA
Paddy Taylor's
LLses 2
Old Torn Petticoat I Bought in Mullingar
LMcK 1
Anderson's Reel
DCB 1
I Wish I Never Saw You
2TapTrio
Played beforeOn Albums
Bonnie Anne
HamHam, WFO 1
Jenny's Chickens
EI 2, GL20
Humours of Bolton Street
2TapTrio

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 #1338 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As reel #558 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
As reel #669 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [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