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Tune ID#3113 (Arkle Mountain)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Arkle Mountain about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Chi (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Arkle Mountain, The / Arkle Mountain / Arkil Mountain (with high part as intro on NFBolg) (composed by Anthony Sullivan aka Tony "Sully" Sullivan)
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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).
197618#2
[Chi] Traditional Irish Music in America. Chicago. James Keane, Jr. (piano accordion), Liz Carroll (fiddle).
~200713#1
[ATrgs 1] Athena Tergis. A Letter Home. Athena Tergis (fiddle).
~201113#3
[NFBolg] Jack Talty, Cormac Begley. Na Fir Bolg. Jack Talty (concertina), Cormac Begley (concertina). For this tune: (Bb/F concertinas).
20152#3
[CplySt] Nathan Gourley and Joey Abarta. Copley Street. Nathan Gourley (fiddle), Joey Abarta (pipes). For this tune: (B pipes), (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Catherine McEvoy's Reel
Chi
Crossing the Shannon
NFBolg
Boys on the Hilltop
CplySt
Played beforeOn Albums
Richard Brennan's FavouriteATrgs 1
Cronin's Reel
NFBolg

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 #1 in [SIMB] Tony Sullivan. Sully's Irish Music Book. [available]
As reel #557 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc 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): 1976