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Tune ID#248 (Bunker Hill)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Bunker 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 AIC1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel48AABBCCD Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Bunker Hill / Bunkers' Hill / Bunkers Hill / Bunker's Hill / Gillian's Apples (also in B or A, also singled, also without 3rd part)
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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).
~19586#1
[TDMI] Traditional Dance Music of Ireland. The Jimmy Hogan Trio.
~19592#1
[AIC1] Paddy Canny, P.J. Hayes, Peadar O'Loughlin, Bridie Lafferty. An Historic Recording of Irish Traditional Music from County Clare and East Galway. Paddy Canny (fiddle), P.J. Hayes (fiddle). For this tune: with Peadar O'Loughlin.
~19594#1
[AIC2] Paddy Canny. Meet Paddy Canny. All-Ireland Champion - Violin. Paddy Canny (fiddle). For this tune: with Peadar O'Loughlin.
~19602.1#1
[JV] John Vesey. Sligo Fiddler. John Vesey (fiddle).
~197910#2
[BMu 1] Brendan Mulvihill, accompanied by Mick Moloney. The Flax in Bloom. Traditional Irish Music. Brendan Mulvihill (fiddle), Mick Moloney (guitar, bouzouki, mandolin). For this tune: with Martin Mulvihill (fiddle).
199613#1
[AW] Paddy Reynolds, Charlie Mulvihill, James Keane, with Felix Dolan. Atlantic Wave. Paddy Reynolds (fiddle), Charlie Mulvihill (accordion), James Keane (accordion). For this tune: James Keane (accordion).
~19966#2
[A B] Altan. Blackwater. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle, vocals), Ciaran Tourish (fiddle, whistle, vocals), Dermot Byrne (accordion), Ciaran Curran (bouzouki, guitar-bouzouki), Mark Kelly (guitar, vocals), Dáithi Sproule (guitar, vocals). For this tune: Dermot Byrne (accordion).
~19961#2
[DByrn] Dermot Byrne. Dermot Byrne. Dermot Byrne (accordion, melodeon).
19998#2
[AMacN 1] Andrew Mac Namara. Dawn. Andrew Mac Namara (accordion).
19991#3
[GCJR] Gerard Commane and Joe Ryan with Eoin O'Neill. Two Gentlemen of Clare Music. Gerard Commane (concertina), Joe Ryan (fiddle).
~200012#1
[MDOF] Mícheál Darby Ó Fátharta. Bosca Bídeach. Mícheál Darby Ó Fátharta (melodeon).
200415#2
[TP 9] Tommy Peoples. Recorded at Fiddler's Hearth. Tommy Peoples (fiddle).
~20046#1
[JK 4] James Kelly. Melodic Journeys. James Kelly (fiddle).
~201116#1
[MOhEn] Micheál Ó hEidhin [with] Steve Cooney and Charlie Lennon. Ceol Sidhe. Shee Music. Micheál Ó hEidhin (concertina), Steve Cooney (guitar), Charlie Lennon (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Fermoy Lasses
BMu 1
An Gasúr Mór
A B
Master Seamus'
DByrn
Green Mountain
AMacN 1
Traveller
GCJR
Black Pat's
TP 9
Played beforeOn Albums
Old Bush
AIC2, AIC1
Rakish Paddy
JV, MOhEn
Colonel Fraser
TDMI
Dogs among the Bushes
A B
Jolly Tinker
AW
John Dwyer's
AMacN 1
Silver Spear
MDOF
Star of Munster
JK 4

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 #787 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #186 in volume 1 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #31 in [DM 3] Dave Mallinson. 100 Evergreen Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 9 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #30 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [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