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Tune ID#2223 (Mountain Lark)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Mountain Lark about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording SSm (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABE Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Mountain Lark, The / Mountain Lark / The Lark in the Mountain / Lark's Mountain / Brendan McMahon's / Tulla Moondance (1st in set Mountain Lark on KC 3) (also doubled, also in G) (compare the very similar tune Muineál an Bhardail #1362 and compare Steampacket #1833, Cabin Hunter #258, and the jig Blurty's #4436; compare 2nd part with 2nd part of Ceo ar a'gCnoc #7249)
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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).
~199110#2
[MV] Maiden Voyage. Live Traditional Irish Music Session from Pepper's Bar, Feakle, Co. Clare. Tommy Peoples (fiddle), Siobhán Peoples (fiddle), Andrew McNamara (accordion), Kevin Crawford (flute), P.J. King (accordion), Páraic Mac Donnchadha (banjo), Pat Marsh (bouzouki), Joe Bane (whistle), John Maloney (bodhrán), Séan Mac Donnchadha (vocals).
~199310#1
[SSm] Seán Smyth. The Blue Fiddle. Seán Smyth (fiddle, whistle, vocals).
199614#2
[TCB 3] The Tulla Ceili Band. A Celebration of 50 Years. P. J. Hayes (fiddle), Martin Hayes (fiddle), Francis Donnellan (fiddle), Mark Donnellan (fiddle), J. J. Conway (flute), Jennifer Lenihan (flute), Sean Donnelly (accordion), Michael McKee (accordion), Jim Corry (piano), Michael Flanigan (drums).
~20042#3
[Boh 4] Bohola. 4. Jimmy Keane (piano accordion, vocals, foot), Sean Cleland (fiddle), Pat Broaders (dordan, vocals), Kat Eggleston (vocals).
~20087#3
[Boh 5] Bohola. Jimmy Keane & Pat Broaders. Jimmy Keane (piano accordion, backing vocals, foot), Pat Broaders (vocals, bouzar, dordan).
~201212#1
[KC 3] Kevin Crawford. Carrying the Tune. Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle). For this tune: (C flute).
~20143#2
[BorTr] The Boruma Trio. Gléas. Andrew MacNamara (accordion), Eileen O'Brien (fiddle), Geraldine Cotter (whistle, piano).
201511#2
[LKPD] Liam Kelly and Philip Duffy. Sets in Stone. Liam Kelly (flute), Philip Duffy (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
P. Joe's
MV, TCB 3
Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine
Boh 4, Boh 5
Laccaroe
BorTr
Durrow
LKPD
Played beforeOn Albums
Blurty's
Boh 4, Boh 5
Jack in the Box
KC 3
Kilfenora Reel
LKPD

Bibliography

According to my research, there are zero transcriptions that are musically very similar to this tune anywhere in the indexed books, regardless of tune title. Try my recommended links to other indexes if you need a transcription. To learn to play this tune, simply learn it from another musician or study the recording(s) listed above. See also: Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music.

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1991