“The Banks Of The Ilen” ~ the highland fling of it… 😎
Answering a request, this lovely tune, recorded as a 32 bar hornpipe by O’Neill in both of his major collections (see below), is a lovely highland fling, and great to dance any of those dances to too… It also makes a lovely step dance set, a la Cape Breton, going from this into the same melody as a reel.
“The Banks Of The Ilen” ~ as a reel
# Added by gian marco - 2003
X: 2 & X: 3 ~ “The Banks Of The Ilen” ~ transcribed as a hornpipe - Captain Francis O’Neill & Co.
T: Banks of the Ilen, The
S: "O’Neill’s Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies", 1903, page 295, tune #1592
S: O’Neill’s "The Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems", 1907, page 144, tune #837
|: (AG) |\
FDFA d2 (fe) | d2 (fd) ecAG | FDFA d2 (fd) | ecAF GBAG |
FDFA d2 (fe) | d2 (fd) ecAG | FDFA d2 (fd) | ecAF G2 :|
|: (de) |\
f2 (fd) g2 (ge) | abag fdde | f2 (fd) g2 (ge) | abaf g2 (fg) |
abaf gage | fgfd ecAG | FDFA defd | ecAF G2 :|
This transcription is based on O’Neill’s but makes the swing (>) obvious while also throwing in a few triplets and other bits on the repeat phrases of bars 5 - 8 of both the A & B parts and the lead-ins…
Personally, I suspect, and they wouldn’t be the first to do so, that someone turned this from 16 bars into 32 and a hornpipe to meet their own preconceptions, and then entered it as such for the O’Neill collection. Nowadays they’re more likely to have carried forward as a reel, single or double…