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Tune ID#886 (Hills of Tara)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Hills of Tara about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording SC (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Barn dance32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Hills of Tara, The / If There Weren't Any Men / If There Weren't Any Men In The World / John Egan's (1st in set Barn Dances on DRuss; 2nd in set Pearl O'Shaughnessy's Barndances on SC) (also in D)
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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).
~19902.1#2
[HamHam] Hammy Hamilton. The Moneymusk. Hammy Hamilton (flute). For this tune: with Paul (flute).
199511#1
[DRuss] Dale Russ. Irish Fiddle. Dale Russ (fiddle).
19963#2
[SC] Gerry Harrington, Eoghan O'Sullivan, Paul de Grae. The Smoky Chimney. Gerry Harrington (fiddle), Eoghan O'Sullivan (accordion, flute), Paul de Grae (guitar).
200010#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 (G melodeon), Hammy (flute).
20038#1
[Tda 2] Téada. Give Us a Penny and Let Us Be Gone. Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle, vocals), John Blake (flute, guitar), Paul Finn (accordion, concertina), Seán McElwain (banjo, bouzouki), Tristan Rosenstock (bodhrán, vocals).
~201415#2
[MMcNmr 3] Mary MacNamara. Note for Note. Mary MacNamara (concertina).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Glenbeigh
HamHam, MMcNmr 3
Pearl O'Shaughnessy'sSC
Dances at Kinvara
INS
Played beforeOn Albums
Belle of the Ball
DRuss
Saunders' Fort
Tda 2

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 misc #51 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.

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): 1986