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Tune ID#839 (Hills of Larraga)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Hills of Larraga about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MMR 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBD Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Hills of Larraga / Seamus Cooley's / Jimmy Doyle's Favourite / The Shoemaker's Fancy / Shoemakers Fancy / The Kilfinane Jig / Boring the Leather / The Humors of Ayle House / Come with Me Now / When You Go Home / The Connaughtman / The Piper on Horseback (3rd in Bill the Weaver Set on BBow 4) (also in Major) (compare 1st part with 1st part of Connachtman #7081 and with 1st part of Eddie Moloney's Favourite No. 2 #7550; compare 2nd part with 2nd part of Down the Back Lane #539)
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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).
19881#2
[GFA] The Green Fields of America. Live in Concert. Mick Moloney (banjo, mandolin, guitar, tres, vocals), Robbie O'Connell (guitar, vocals), Jimmy Keane (piano accordion, synthesizers, vocals), Eileen Ivers (fiddle), Seamus Egan (pipes, flute, whistle, bodhrán, tres).
199218#3
[DOEI] Dear Old Erin's Isle. Irish Traditional Music from America. Jimmy Keane (piano accordion).
~199512#1
[MMR 1] Mike and Mary Rafferty. The Dangerous Reel. Mike Rafferty (flute, whistle, pipes), Mary Rafferty (accordion, flute, whistle). For this tune: Mike Rafferty (flute).
20006#2
[INS] Hammy Hamilton, Séamus Creagh, Con Ó Drisceoil. It's No Secret. Hammy Hamilton (flute, vocals), Séamus Creagh (fiddle, vocals), Con Ó Drisceoil (accordion, vocals, piano). For this tune: Con (accordion).
200912#2
[Hmmrs] The Hammers. From Distant Shores. Paul Hammer (mandolin, banjo), Susan Hammer (whistle, concertina). For this tune: (whistle), (concertina).
~200915#2
[PCrbry] Peter Carberry. Traditional Irish Music from Co. Longford. Peter Carberry (accordion, banjo, tenor guitar). For this tune: (C# accordion), with Angelina Carberry (banjo).
~20117#1
[FlgMem] Andrew Mac Namara, Orla Harrington, Jim Higgins. Flagstone Memories. Orla Harrington (fiddle), Andrew Mac Namara (accordion), Jim Higgins (piano, percussion).
~20126#2
[TnGmMss] Mick O'Brien, Emer Mayock, Aoife Ní Bhriain. Tunes from the Goodman Manuscripts. Mick O'Brien (pipes, flute, whistle), Emer Mayock (flute, whistle), Aoife Ní Bhriain (fiddle).
20156#3
[BBow 4] Buttons and Bows. The Return of Spring. Jackie Daly (accordion), Séamus McGuire (fiddle, viola), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Garry O'Briain (guitar, mandocello, piano).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Kerry Jig
GFA
April's FoolDOEI
Basket of Turf
INS
Hag at the Churn
Hmmrs
Humors of Ballingarry
PCrbry
Siobháinín Seó
TnGmMss
Sliabh Russell
BBow 4
Played beforeOn Albums
Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore
GFA
Newtown Bridge
MMR 1
Pull the Knife and Stick It Again
Hmmrs
Battering Ram
FlgMem

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 #1070 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #261 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #273 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #312 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #334 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #93 in volume 1 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #6 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
On page 65 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #259 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [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