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Tune ID#4586 (Helvic Head)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Helvic Head about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Fisherst (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig80AABBCCDDEEG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Helvic Head / Walk Out of It Hogan / Walk Out of It, Hogan (2nd in set The Desert Road on MMcG 3; 1st in set Helvic Head on OCG)
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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).
~19912#1
[Fisherst] Fisherstreet. Out in the Night. John McMahon (concertina, pipes), Seamus McMahon (fiddle, flute), Dermot Lernihan (accordion), Noreen O'Donoghue (harp, keyboards, piano), Frank Cullen (mandola, mandolin), Maurice Coyle (guitar).
~200610#2 (1:51)
[MMcG 3] Michael McGoldrick. Wired. Michael McGoldrick (flute, whistle, pipes, mandolin, bodhrán). For this tune: (flute).
~200912#1
[OCG] Cillian Vallely and Kevin Crawford. On Common Ground. Cillian Vallely (pipes, whistle), Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhrán). For this tune: starts Cillian (pipes), then with Kevin (flute).

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In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Amhran an bha
MMcG 3
Played beforeOn Albums
Trip to Killarney
Fisherst
Bill Harte's
OCG

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 #1072 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #274 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 65 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [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