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Tune ID#1905 (Humours of Lisheen)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Humours of Lisheen about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording SE 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Humours of Lisheen, The / Humours of Lisheen / The Humors of Lisheen / The Lisheen / The Thrush in the Straw / The Woeful Widow / Tommy's Favorite / Tommy's Favourite / O'Dwyer's Jig (2nd part in either of 2 different settings)
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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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Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
~19597#1
[SE 1] Seamus Ennis. The Bonny Bunch of Roses. Seamus Ennis (pipes, whistle, vocals). For this tune: (B whistle).
~19715#2
[AW] Paddy Reynolds, Charlie Mulvihill, James Keane, with Felix Dolan. Atlantic Wave. Paddy Reynolds (fiddle), Charlie Mulvihill (accordion), James Keane (accordion). For this tune: Paddy Reynolds (fiddle), Charlie Mulvihill (accordion).
19761.1#1
[HmrLshn] John and Julia Clifford. The Humours of Lisheen. Music from Sliabh Luachra Vol. 3. John Clifford (piano accordion), Julia Clifford (fiddle). For this tune: Julia.
19766#1
[RshMtn] The Rushy Mountain. Julia Clifford (fiddle).
197616#2
[JsMcD] Josie McDermott. Darby's Farewell. Josie McDermott (flute, whistle, vocals). For this tune: (flute).
~19843#1
[KB UC] Kevin Burke. Up Close. Kevin Burke (fiddle). For this tune: with Murphy family (harmonicas).
19931.2#3
[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).
199614#2
[SC] Gerry Harrington, Eoghan O'Sullivan, Paul de Grae. The Smoky Chimney. Gerry Harrington (fiddle), Eoghan O'Sullivan (accordion, flute), Paul de Grae (guitar).
~199612#1
[MOB] Mick O' Brien. May Morning Dew. Mick O' Brien (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (B pipes).
~20008#2
[MulcFam1] The Mulcahy Family. The Mulcahy Family. Mick Mulcahy (accordion, concertina), Louise Mulcahy (flute, pipes), Michelle Mulcahy (accordion, concertina, harp). For this tune: Louise (pipes).
20012#1
[GrHs] Grey Larsen and Paddy League. The Green House. Grey Larsen (flute, whistle, concertina, harmonium, field organ, piano), Paddy League (bodhrán, guitar). For this tune: (concertina).
~20028#2
[MaRaf] Mary Rafferty. Hand-Me-Downs. Mary Rafferty (accordion, concertina, flute, whistle). For this tune: (accordion).
20041#1
[RogRd] Jason O'Rourke and Ruadhraí O'Kane. Roguery Road. Jason O'Rourke (concertina), Ruadhraí O'Kane (fiddle). For this tune: with Davy Maguire (flute).
~20105#1
[MoMad] Brendan Begley and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. A Moment of Madness. Brendan Begley (accordion), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle, hardanger fiddle).
~20159#3
[RBPOL 3] Ronan Browne and Peter O'Loughlin. The Legacy. Ronan Browne (pipes, flute), Peter O'Loughlin (fiddle, flute). For this tune: with Tierna Browne (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Boys of the Town
JsMcD
Munster Buttermilk
SDI 2
Kerry Jig
SC
Charlie's Aunt
AW
East at Glendart
MulcFam1
Cailín Deas Crúite na mBó
MaRaf
Old Tipperary
RBPOL 3
Played beforeOn Albums
Hare in the Corn
HmrLshn, RshMtn
Sweet Biddy Daly
KB UC
Tom Connor's Jig
SC
I Lost My Love and I Care Not
MOB
Banks of Lough Gowna
GrHs
Tar Road to Sligo
RogRd
Munster Jig
MoMad

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 #307 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 62 of [IFMCK] Drew Beisswenger. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. [available]
As tune #62 in volume 3 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #213 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As tune #12 in [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
As jig #128 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #45 in [DM 4] Dave Mallinson. 100 Vital Irish Session 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): 1907