The Mountains of Mourne - march?
This tune is NOT A REEL.
Source: RL O’Meally (piper) - Belfast, 1934
This tune seems to me a sort or 4/4 or 2/4 march, but it has two 3/4 bars.
This is the tune of the Mountains of Pomeroy not Mourne.
The Mountains of Pomeroy / Mourne
In the recording in my hands this tune is named "the mountains of Mourne".
T: The Mountains of Pomeroy
B: O’Neill’s 540
N: "With spirit"
Z: Transcribed by Dave Wooldridge
| d2 B2 (dc)(BA) | G3 A E2 (GE) | D2 (EG) G2 (AB) | c2 z2 z2 Bc |
d2 B2 (dc)(BA) | G2 A2 E2 (GE) | D2 (EG) G3 A | G2 z2 z2 ||
| B3 A G2 AB | c2 d2 d2 ge | d2 B2 G2 (AB) | c2 z2 z2 Bc |
d2 BB (dc)(BA) | G2 A2 E2 GE | D2 EG G3 A | G2 z2 z2 GA | B2 A2 G2 AB |
c2 d2 Hd2| ge | d3 B AB | Hc2 z2 z2 Bc | d2 B2 (dc)(BA) | G2 A2 E2 GE |
D3 E G2 G2 | G2 z2 z2 ||
Mts of Pomoroy
I know this for 40 years as a march it seems to be badly written here as it should stare with a B introduction and then the D as a mimin and it should be in 4/4 time Peter OC
Mountains of Mourne
"Oh Mary this London’s a wonderful sight .. etc" as sung by countless ballad groups is the Mountains of Mourne. I agree with comments already made that the tune shown here is more like the Mountains of Pomeroy march.
The strange mountains of Pomoroy / Pomeroy / Mourne
Peter, if you give me your email address I send you the mp3 file of this tune played by RL O’Meally on the pipes, so you can check my transcription. He plays the tune two times, and both the times there are two 3/4 bars.( maybe he was drunk when recorded the tune).
I don’t know nothing about RL O’Meally. Does someone know something about him? RL what does it mean?
RL means you can’t pronounce his name.
Mountains of Pomeroy
There is also a nice version (waltz) on the CD "The Road less travelled" from Tuatha.
“The Mountains of Pomeroy March”
|: Bc |
d3 B dc BA | G2 A2 E2 GE | D3 E G2 AB | c6 Bc |
d2 Bc dc BA | G2 AG EF/E/ G/F/E | D3 E G2 F2 | G6 :|
| GA |
B3 A G2 AB | c2 d2 d2 g>e | d3 B G2 AB | c2 B2 A2 AB/c/ |
d/c/d/e/ d>e dc B>A | G2 (3AGF E2 (3GFE | D3 E G2 A2 | G6 GA |
B>c BA GA/G/ AB | c>B ce d2 ge | d2 c/B/A GA/G/ AB | cd/c/ Bc/B/ A2 A/B/c |
d3 B dc BA | G2 A2 E2 GE | D3 E G2 G2 | G6 ||
Mountains of Pomeroy
While traditionally this tune was played as a march, Noel Hill does a fantastic version of it as a slow air on his latest CD - The Irish Concertina released in June 2005.
Mountains of Pomeroy as a Slow Air
Mithril also performs this tune as a slow air on their CD "Tangled Up" (2009).