The Banks Of The Ilen strathspey

Also known as The Banks Of The Ilen Highland Fling.

There are 18 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

The Banks Of The Ilen appears in 2 other tune collections.

The Banks Of The Ilen has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Banks Of The Ilen has been added to 15 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: The Banks Of The Ilen
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: A>G |F<D (3FGA d2 f>d | (3dcd f>d e>cA<G |\
F<DF>A d2 f>d | e>cA<F G2 :|
d>e |f2 f>d g2 g>e | a>ba>g f<dd>e |\
f>A (3fed g>B (3gfe | a2 (3fga g2 f>g |
a2 (3fga g>fe>g | f<dd>f e>cA<G |\
F2 (3DFA d>A (3fed | e>cA<F G2 |]
2
X: 2
T: The Banks Of The Ilen
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
R: hornpipe
|: (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 :|
3
X: 3
T: The Banks Of The Ilen
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
R: hornpipe
|: (3BAG |F>DF>A d2 f>e | d2 f>d e>cA>G | F>DF>A d2 f>d | e>cA>F G>B (3BAG |
F>D (3FGA d>Af>e | d>A (3fed e>cA>G | (3FED F>A d>Af>d | e>cA>F G2 :|
|: (3cde |f2 f>d g2 g>e | a>ba>g f>dd>e | f2 f>d g2 g>e | a>ba>f g2 (3efg |
a>ba>f g2 (3gfe | f2 (3fed e2 (3BAG | F2 D>A d>A (3fed | (3efe A>F G2 :|

Seven comments

"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.

X: 2 & X: 3 ~ “The Banks Of The Ilen” ~ transcribed as a hornpipe - Captain Francis O’Neill & Co.

X: 2
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
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: DMaj
|: (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 :|

X: 3

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…

Re: The Banks Of The Ilen

I’m looking for Monk’s Jig / Banks of Llen… This is not the same tune…