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Tune ID#871 (Humours of Whiskey)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Humours of Whiskey about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Ch 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?BarsMode ?
Slip jig16E Minor
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Humours of Whiskey, The / The Humours of Whisky / The Humors of Whiskey / Humors of Whiskey / Pléaráca an Fuisce / Drops of Brandy (also in B, also with parts reversed) (compare High Road to Dublin #834)
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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).
~191928#1
[PT] Patsy Touhey. The Piping of Patsy Touhey. Patsy Touhey (pipes).
196910#1
[Ch 2] The Chieftains. 2. Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Seán Potts (whistle), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Peadar Mercier (bodhrán, bones), Seán Keane (fiddle).
19875#1
[DMeehan] Danny Meehan. Navvy on the Shore. Danny Meehan (fiddle).
~198710#3
[A 1] Frankie Kennedy and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh. Altan. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle, vocals), Frankie Kennedy (flute).
199214#1
~199312#1
[TDrty] Tom Doherty. Take the Bull by the Horns. Tom Doherty (accordion).
~19941#1
~19967#2
[JK 3] James Kelly. Traditional Irish Music. James Kelly (fiddle).
~199610#2
[Sol 1] Solas. Solas. Seamus Egan (flute, whistle, guitar, pipes, bodhrán, vocals), Karan Casey (vocals), John Doyle (guitar, vocals), Winifred Horan (fiddle, vocals), John Williams (accordion, concertina, vocals).
~20007#4
[A AS] Altan. Another Sky. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle, vocals), Ciaran Tourish (fiddle, whistle, vocals), Dermot Byrne (accordion), Ciaran Curran (bouzouki), Mark Kelly (guitar, vocals), Dáithi Sproule (guitar, vocals).
~20099#3
[PoNY] Joanie Madden, Brian Conway, Billy McComiskey, Brendan Dolan. Pride of New York. Joanie Madden (flute, whistle), Brian Conway (fiddle), Billy McComiskey (accordion), Brendan Dolan (piano).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Fairy Jig
A 1, JK 3
Chicago
Sol 1
Mysteries of Knock
A AS
I'm the Boy for Bewitching Them
PoNY
Played beforeOn Albums
Take the Bull by the Horns
DOEI, TDrty
Hardiman the Fiddler
Ch 2
Broken Pledge
NMCMM
Leslie's March
Sol 1
Is the Big Man Within?
JK 3

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 #66 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
On page 159 of [NF] Allen Feldman. The Northern Fiddler. [available]
On page 220 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As slipjig #15 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [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): 1919