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Tune ID#1849 (Sunny Banks)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Sunny Banks about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JOH 1 (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):
Sunny Banks, The / Sunny Banks / Na Bruachanna Gréine / Na Bruacha Gréine / Na Bruacha Grianmhara / Reevey Johnson / The Flowers of Ballymote / The Maids of Donegal / Top It Off (4th in set The Chattering Magpie on Ch 6; mislabeled as Miss Thorton on KHe; mislabeled as The Flooded Road to Glenties on CTL 11) (also doubled, also in E, also as hornpipe) (compare 1st part with 1st part of slip jig #2642; compare 2nd part with 2nd part of Fantastic Reel #602 and with 2nd part of Marry When You're Young #1218)
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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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[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
[KHe] Kevin Henry. One's Own Place - A Family Tradition. Kevin Henry (flute, whistle, pipes, vocals). For this tune: Johnny Henry (fiddle).
[Ch 6] The Chieftains. 6. Bonaparte's Retreat. Paddy Moloney [misspelled as:] Maloney (pipes, whistle, bodhrán), Seán Potts (whistle, bodhrán), Martin Fay (fiddle), Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Derek Bell (harp, oboe, tiompán), Seán Keane (fiddle).
[SHernon] Seán Hernon. An Nóra Bheag. Seán Hernon (Eb whistle, banjo).
[JOH 1] John O'Halloran. "But Why, Johnny?". John O'Halloran (accordion). For this tune: (C# accordion).
[MtRd] The Mountain Road. A Compilation of Tunes Popular in South Sligo. Harry McGowan (flute), Mick Loftus (flute), with Jim Corry (piano).
[CLnn 1] Charlie Lennon. Time for a Tune. Charlie Lennon (fiddle, piano, drum).
[CTL 11] Cherish the Ladies. Woman of the House. Joanie Madden (flute, whistle, harmony vocals), Mary Coogan (guitar, mandolin, banjo, banjitar, octave mandolin), Heidi Talbot (vocals), Roisin Dillon (fiddle), Mirella Murray (accordion).
[RdOnly] Brian McNamara and Tim Collins. Reed Only. Brian McNamara (pipes), Tim Collins (concertina).
[CYHCIt] Catherine McEvoy, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. Comb Your Hair and Curl It. Catherine McEvoy (flute), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle), Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
[DShrdn 1] Dave Sheridan. Drivin' Leitrim Timber. Dave Sheridan (flute, guitar). For this tune: (F flute).
[KRyan] Karen Ryan. The Coast Road. Karen Ryan (fiddle, banjo, whistle). For this tune: (whistle).
[SunBanks] Edel Fox and Neill Byrne. The Sunny Banks. Edel Fox (concertina, fiddle), Neill Byrne (fiddle).
[RBPOL 3] Ronan Browne and Peter O'Loughlin. The Legacy. Ronan Browne (pipes, flute), Peter O'Loughlin (fiddle, flute).

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In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Top It Off
Ch 6
Mrs. Kenny's
CLnn 1
Flooded Road to Glenties
CTL 11
Hut in the Bog
Martin Rochford's Reel
DShrdn 1
Tinker's Stick
Swallow's Tail
Pay the Girl Her Fourpence
Played beforeOn Albums
Chattering Magpie
Ch 6
Miss Galvin's
Miss Thornton's
Mama's Pet
Green Grow the Rushes O
Free and Easy
CTL 11
Speed the Plough
DShrdn 1
London Lasses
Liffey Banks


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 #148 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
As tune #31 in [P50] Brian and Eithne Vallely. Play 50 Reels. [available]
As reel #65 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
In [L] Alan's private loose music.
As tune #8 in [DM 2] Dave Mallinson. 100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes. [available]
As reel #324 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #96 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [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): 1962