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Tune ID#2139 (Honeysuckle)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Honeysuckle 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 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Honeysuckle, The / The Honeysuckle Hornpipe / The Sunshine (as Name unknown on OMT)
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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).
193111#1
[IDM 2] Past Masters of Irish Dance Music. Ballinakill Traditional Dance Players.
~19788#2
[ItS] In the Smoke. Tommy Healy (flute), Johnny Duffy (fiddle).
~19944#2
[SetFree] Tola Custy and Cyril O'Donoghue. Setting Free. Tola Custy (fiddle), Cyril O'Donoghue (vocals, bouzouki, guitar).
~199918#1
[OMT] Billy McComiskey, Brendan Mulvihill, and Zan McLeod. One More Time. Billy McComiskey (accordion), Brendan Mulvihill (fiddle), and Zan McLeod (guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, bass). For this tune: Brendan, Billy.
200111#1
[JCrv] John Creaven. The Story So Far. John Creaven (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
~20045#1
[DLyn] Dana Lyn. Looking for the Early Opener. Dana Lyn (fiddle, viola, piano).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Rights of Man
ItS
Sleepless
SetFree
Played beforeOn Albums
Back of the Haggard
IDM 2
Stack of Barley
JCrv
Chief O'Neill's Favorite
DLyn

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 #1653 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #874 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 186 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #94 in [DM 3] Dave Mallinson. 100 Evergreen 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): 1903