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HUMORS OF BANTRY (Sugra Brantraige/Beantraige). AKA and see "Coach Road to Sligo (The)," "Fire on the Mountain (2)," "Fire on the Mountains (2)," "Fire in the Valley," "Rose on the Mountain (1) (The)," "Hare on the Mountain (The)," "Eagle's Nest (The)," "Billy Patterson," "Billy Patterson's Favorite," "Boys of Bockhill/Boys of Rockhill," "Blackthorn Stick (1) (The)," "Catholic Boys (3) (The)." Irish, Double Jig. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (O'Neill/1915): AABB' (O'Neill/1850 & 1001): AA'BB' (Moylan). Bayard (1981) calls it a "thoroughly characteristic Irish jig, probably of no great age." Although "Fire on the Mountain" is a floating title in Appalachian music, the tune was known as "Fire on the Mountain" to Chicago Irish piper and fiddler James Early and John McFadden and was printed under that title in Joyce's Old Irish Folk Music and Songs (1909).

Source for notated version: accordion player Johnny O'Leary (Sliabh Luachra region of the Cork-Kerry border) [Moylan].

Printed sources: Moylan (Johnny O'Leary), 1994; No. 327, pp. 186-187. O'Neill (O'Neill's Irish Music), 1915; No. 129, p. 75. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 711, p. 133. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 13, p. 19.

Recorded sources: Edison Bell Winner 2913 (78 RPM), Liam Walsh with J. O'Mahoney )(1926, 1st in set, followed by "Haste to the Wedding (1)). Liam Walsh - "Wheels of the World" (1975. Reissue recordings).

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [3]
Hear piper Liam Walsh and fiddler J. O'Mahoney's 1926 recording at the Internet Archive [4] [5]




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