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Tune ID#868 (Humours of Scarriff)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Humours of Scarriff about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording PitS (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABD Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Humours of Scarriff, The / The Humours Of Scariff / Humours of Scariff / The Humors of Scarriff / The Humours of Scarrif / Pléaraca na Scairbhe / The Ballinasloe Fair (2nd in set Music in the Glen on BB 2) (also in Mixolydian, also in E Dorian as "Seán McGuire setting" in book RM)
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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).
~19612.16#1
[EMlny] Eddie Moloney. Eddie Moloney. Master Musician. Eddie Moloney (flute, fiddle, whistle, vocal). For this tune: ensemble including Eddie (flute).
196710#2
[PitS] Paddy in the Smoke. Sean O'Shea (fiddle), Bobby Casey (fiddle).
19761#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).
19766#2
[BB 5] The Bothy Band. The Best of the Bothy Band.
~19799#2
[FR] Joe Burke, Andy McGann, and Felix Dolan. The Funny Reel. Traditional Music of Ireland. Joe Burke (accordion), Andy McGann (fiddle), Felix Dolan (piano).
~19802.4#3
[Oisn 3] Oisín. Over the Moor to Maggie. Gerry Phelan (flute, whistle), Geraldine McGowan (vocals, bodhrán, recorder), Seamus McGowan (guitar, vocals), Brein MacDonagh [sic for:] Brian McDonagh (mandola, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki), Tom MacDonagh [sic for:] Tom McDonagh (bouzouki, guitar), Mick Davis (fiddle).
~19831.23#2
~19971#1
[CKeane 2] Conor Keane. Oidhreacht. Conor Keane (accordion).
~200010#2
[OMBFMO] Oisín Mac Diarmada, Brian Fitzgerald, Micheál Ó Ruanaigh. Traditional Music on Fiddle, Banjo and Harp. Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle), Brian Fitzgerald (banjo), Micheál Ó Ruanaigh (harp).
~20126#1
[MORDOM] Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh and Danny O' Mahony. As It Happened. Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina), Danny O' Mahony (accordion). For this tune: Danny (accordion).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Music in the Glen
BB 2, BB 5
Andy McGann's Reel
FR, SRyan C
Yellow Tinker
PitS
Castle Kelly
Oisn 3
Pride of the Bronx
OMBFMO
Played beforeOn Albums
Otter's Holt
BB 2, BB 5
Sporting Nell
CKeane 2
Mullingar Races
MORDOM

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 #776 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 77 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #43 in [LPF] Eithne and Brian Vallely. Learn to Play the Fiddle with Armagh Pipers Club. [available]
As tune #66 in [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
As reel #138 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
On page 76 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [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