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Tune ID#866 (Humours of Loughrea)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Humours of Loughrea about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording PCt (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Humours of Loughrea, The / Humours of Loughrea / The Humors of Loughrea / Shores of Loughrea / The Shores of Lough Rea / The Shores of Lough Reagh / The Shores of Lough Ree / The Shores of Lough Reagh / Pride of Loughrea / Tommy Whelan's Reel / Ríl Thomáis Uí Fhaoláin / Tommy Whelan's / Tommy Whelan's No. 2 / Whelan's Reel / Burke's Choice (2nd in set The Congress on FG 1; 2nd in set The Laurel Tree on BB 2; this set in turn was mislabeled on some reissues as Michael Gorman's) (also doubled)
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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).
~19471.35#1
[EMlny] Eddie Moloney. Eddie Moloney. Master Musician. Eddie Moloney (flute, fiddle, whistle, vocal). For this tune: (flute).
~19756#2
[PCt] Paddy Carty. Traditional Irish Music. Paddy Carty (flute).
197612#2
[BB 2] The Bothy Band. Old Hag You Have Killed Me. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Matt Molloy (flute, whistle), Kevin Burke (fiddle), Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill (vocals, clavinet, harmonium), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (vocals, guitar), Donal Lunny (vocals, bouzouki, guitar, bodhrán). For this tune: Paddy Keenan (pipes).
197613#1
[JCC] Jack and Charlie Coen. The Branch Line. Jack Coen (flute), Charlie Coen (concertina).
~197711#2
[FG 1] Frankie Gavin and Alec Finn. Frankie Gavin and Alec Finn. Frankie Gavin (fiddle, whistle), Alec Finn (bouzouki). For this tune: (whistle).
~19801.15#2
[EMlny] Eddie Moloney. Eddie Moloney. Master Musician. Eddie Moloney (flute, fiddle, whistle, vocal). For this tune: (whistle).
~19891#2
[GdMxr] Noel O Grady, Henry Benagh, John Carty, Marcus Hernon. The Good Mixer.
~19955#2
[MMR 1] Mike and Mary Rafferty. The Dangerous Reel. Mike Rafferty (flute, whistle, pipes), Mary Rafferty (accordion, flute, whistle).
~199610#2
[SN 1] Sliabh Notes. Sliabh Notes. Dónal Murphy (accordion), Matt Cranitch (fiddle), Tommy O'Sullivan (guitar, vocals).
~20032.22#2
[WFO 2] Wooden Flute Obsession 2. Zac Leger (flute).
~20087#4
[Fngl 1] Fingal. Fingal. James Keane (accordion), Randal Bays (fiddle), Dáithí Sproule (guitar, vocals). For this tune: James Keane (accordion).
20125#3
[JKn 7] James Keane. Heir of the Dog. James Keane (accordion).
~201421#2
[RBysFam] Randal Bays and Family. A Rake of Tunes. Randal Bays (fiddle), Susan Waters (fiddle), Willie Bays (flute), Owen Bays (concertina). For this tune: Randal (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Limestone Rock
PCt, EMlny, GdMxr
Billy Brocker's
BB 2
Congress Reel
FG 1
Planxty Fanny Powers
MMR 1
Mick O'Connor's Reel
SN 1
Maid of Coolmore
WFO 2
Maids of Mitchelstown
Fngl 1
John Brennan's
JKn 7
Reilly of the White Hill
RBysFam
Played beforeOn Albums
Sailor on the Rock
EMlny, EMlny
Laurel Tree
BB 2
Jenny Dang the Weaver
JCC
Jack Coughlan's Fancy
MMR 1
Humours of Toomagh
SN 1
Pat Canny's
RBysFam

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 #197 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As tune #14 in volume 3 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #87 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
On page 28 of [T] Fintan Vallely. Timber. The Flute Tutor. 2nd Edition. [available]
As reel #334 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As reel #45 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
As tune #43 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [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): 1947