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Tune ID#216 (West the Hill)

Transcription of first 2 bars of West the Hill about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording FD 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
West the Hill / Siar an Cnoc / Humours of Ballinlass / The Humors of Ballinlass /The Sports at Listowel / The Sports of Listowel / Breen's Hornpipe / Breens / Cornphíopa Uí Bhraoin / The Chancellor / The Happy Couple / Mahony's (also in A Mixolydian or D Major)
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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).
~19704#1
~1978B.2#1
[MMulv 1] Martin Mulvihill with Mick Moloney. Traditional Irish Fiddling from County Limerick. Martin Mulvihill (fiddle).
~199315#1
[Shskn 6] Shaskeen. My Love Is in America. Tom Cussen (banjo), Benny O'Connor (drums, bodhrán), Sean Conway (flute, whistle, guitar, vocals), Charlie Harris (accordion), Kevin Rohan (fiddle, vocals). For this tune: Tom Cussen (banjo).
~20026#1
[SN 3] Sliabh Notes. Along Blackwater's Banks. Matt Cranitch (fiddle), Dónal Murphy (accordion), Tommy O'Sullivan (guitar, vocals).
~201113#1
[JCtBRn] John Carty and Brian Rooney. At Complete Ease. John Carty (fiddle, tenor guitar), Brian Rooney (fiddle).
~201211#1
[LeChle] Séamus Begley and Oisín Mac Diarmada. Together. Le Chéile. Séamus Begley (accordion, vocals), Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played beforeOn Albums
Kit O'Mahoney's Hornpipe
FD 1, LeChle
Hangman's Rope
MMulv 1
Nova Scotia
Shskn 6
Man from Glountane
SN 3
Cronin's Hornpipe
JCtBRn

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 #942 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #236 in volume 2 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #229 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
As tune #228 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
As tune #226 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
As hp #41 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.

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