Bunker Hill reel

Also known as Cnoc Bhuincéir.

There are 49 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Boil The Breakfast Early (a few times), The Congress (a few times), The Fermoy Lasses (a few times), Master Seamus (a few times) and The Monaghan Twig (a few times).

Bunker Hill has been added to 11 tune sets.

Bunker Hill has been added to 346 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: Bunker Hill
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
cA|GEcE D2ED|(3EFG AB ~c2Bc| ABAG EF~G2| ABcA d2 :||
cA|Gc~c2 ec~c2 | Gc{d}cB cBAG | Ad~d2 fd~d2 | Ad{e}dB cBAG |
(3EFG AB cAdB | cAdB c2Bc| (3dcB (3cBA BGAF | GBcA d2 ||
ge|fd~d2 ad~d2 | fadf a2gf | ge (3eee gebe | gbeg b2ag |
fd~d2 fdad |dBAB ~c2Bc | (3dcB (3cBA BGAF | GBcA d2 ||
X: 2
T: Bunker Hill
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
cA |: G~E3 D3 G | FGAB B-cBc | ABAG E~G3 | ABcA d2 cA|
GECE {G}EDDG | (3EFG AB c2 Bc | dBcA BGGB | (3AAB cA d2 cA:|
|:G~c3 e~c3 | GccB cBAG | Ad (3ddd fd (3ddd | Add^c d^cAG|
FGAB cAdB | cAdB c2 Bc | dB (3cBA B~G3 |1 ABcA d2 cA :|2 ABcA d2 ag||
|:fd (3ddd fdad | fadf a2 gf | ge (3eee gebe | gbeg b2 ag|
fd (3ddd dcAB | cAdB c2 Bc | (3dcB cA BGFG|1 ABcA d2 ag:|2 ABcA d2 cA||
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X: 3
T: Bunker Hill
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
cA |: GE~E2 D2 ~D2 | E/F/G AB cABG | A2AG EFGE | ABce d2 cA :||
Gc~c2 ec~c2 | Gccd cBAG | Ad~d2 fd~d2 | Adde dcAG|
E/F/G AB cAdB | cAdB c2 Bc | dB cA BG~G2 |1 ABcA d2 cA :|2 ABcA d2 ag||
|:fd~d2 fdad | fadf a2 gf | ge~e2 gebe | gbeg b2 ag|
fdde dcAB | cAdB c2 Bc | dB cA BGFG|1 ABcA d2 ag:|2 ABcA d2 ||
X: 4
T: Bunker Hill
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
cA| GECE D2AD|(3EFG AB ~c2Bc| AcAG EG~G2| ABcA d2 cA :||
|Gc~c2 ec~c2 | GccB cAGc | Ad~d2 fd~d2 | Adde dcAG |
|FGAB cAdB | cAdB c2Bc| de cA BGFG |1 ABcA d2 cA :|2 ABcA dfag ||
|fd~d2 fdad | fadf a2gf | ge ~e2 gebe | gbeg b2ag |
|fddc ABcA |dcAB ~c2Bc | d2 cA BGFG |1 ABcA d3e :|2 ABcA d2 cA ||
X: 5
T: Bunker Hill
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:cA|GEcE D2DE|(3FGA (3ABc ~c2Bc| ABAG EF~G2| ABcA (3ddd :||
cA|Gc~c2 ec~c2 | GccB cBAG |(3Bcd ed fd gd| Ad{e}dB cBAG |
(3EFG AB cA (3ddd | cA (3ddd c2Bc| dBcA BGAF | GBcA (3ddd ||
ge|fd (3Bcd ad (3Bcd | fadf a2gf | ge (3Bce ge ~e2 | gbeg b2ag |
fAdf eGce |dAFA ~c2Bc | dBcA BGAF | GBcA (3ddd ||
X: 6
T: Bunker Hill
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
ge|: dBGB A2EA|(3Bcd ef ~g2fg| efed Bdcd| efge aege |
dBGB A2EA|(3Bcd ef ~g2fg| afgf edcd| efge aege :||
|: dg~g2 bg~g2 | dggf gedg | ea~a2 c'a~a2 | eaab aged |
cdef geaf | geaf g2fg| afge fdcd |1 efge a2 ge :|2 efge Aced ||
|:cA~A2 cAeA | ceAc e2 dc | dB ~B2 dBfB | dfBd f2 ed |
cAAG EFGE | AGEF ~G2FG | AFGE FDGF |1 EFGE A3B :|2 EFGE A2 ge ||

Twenty-three comments

Bunker Hill

This is a pretty common tune that has come in & out of favor. Although it seems like a new new tune it is in fact quite an old tune. No one really knows how it came to be known as "Bunker Hill" most likely it is a reference to the battle. This tune is a favorite with a lot of the old time ceili bands, but was sometimes played very differently. I think the reason for this was that certain melodeons & two row boxes had no C natural. Which is a a huge part of the tune.

Brad

Bunker Hill

This is a newish tune composed by Sean Ryan

I don’t think it was written by Sean Ryan as I have a recording of it from the 30’s. Form what I understand this is a very old piping standard. But I could be wrong.

Bunker Hill

I have heard this on Arty McGlynn’s "Lead the Knave" album - first track side 1 (vinyl) - hard to get on CD. Guitar (electric!)plays tune. Brilliant.

Zina taught me this tune back in August 03, a setting she developed based on how Shannon Heath taught it to her. I’ve gone and tinkered with it, and here’s one way it’s landing on my fiddle these days.

T: Bunker Hill
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
cA |: G~E3 D3 G | FGAB B-cBc | ABAG E~G3 | ABcA d2 cA|
GECE {G}EDDG | (3EFG AB c2 Bc | dBcA BGGB | (3AAB cA d2 cA:|
|:G~c3 e~c3 | GccB cBAG | Ad (3ddd fd (3ddd | Add^c d^cAG|
FGAB cAdB | cAdB c2 Bc | dB (3cBA B~G3 |1 ABcA d2 cA :|2 ABcA d2 ag||
|:fd (3ddd fdad | fadf a2 gf | ge (3eee gebe | gbeg b2 ag|
fd (3ddd dcAB | cAdB c2 Bc | (3dcB cA BGFG|1 ABcA d2 ag:|2 ABcA d2 cA||

Posted .

Heaton — Shannon Heaton. *grin* I see time is already playing tricks on that memory, Will…*snort*

Will? Will’s not here….

Posted .

Y’know, I knew that was wrong when I typed it, but I couldn’t stop. Sigh. Let me crawl off now and practice Blunder Hill….

Posted .

LOL Oddly enough, Heath is the last name of my last roommate before I got married. Jim Heath and I rented a house together for a good six years before Pete and I got married. So maybe you have a better memory than you thought… :)

Yep it was ol’ Tim, er Jim, I was thinking of….

Posted .

Bunker Hill

I got this setting from my friend Marla. I think it’s based on the recording by Arty McGlynn. It’s a little more straight forward than the other sttings here I think.

X:1
T:Bunker Hill
S:Marla Fibish
Z:Jack Gilder
M:4/4
L:1/8
R:reel
K: Dmix
cA |: GE~E2 D2 ~D2 | E/F/G AB cABG | A2AG EFGE | ABce d2 cA :||
Gc~c2 ec~c2 | Gccd cBAG | Ad~d2 fd~d2 | Adde dcAG|
E/F/G AB cAdB | cAdB c2 Bc | dB cA BG~G2 |1 ABcA d2 cA :|2 ABcA d2 ag||
|:fd~d2 fdad | fadf a2 gf | ge~e2 gebe | gbeg b2 ag|
fdde dcAB | cAdB c2 Bc | dB cA BGFG|1 ABcA d2 ag:|2 ABcA d2 ||

some people think it’s weak, but i think it’s a ”massive head” tune and the only one i actually play ‘chords’ to on electric bass

… i’m talking about a heavier mode projection of this simple tune that works every time for me ( _only my opinion)

… simple is best

… let the purest’s rant

It’s No 787 in O’Neills 1001 Gems pub 1907. The setting in O’Neills is well-nigh the same as that transcribed here. I’m always impressed by how often the settings in O’Neills remain virtually unchanged.

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me dont like that 3rd part in there

is this not a hornpipe posing as a reel? I won’t be so easily fooled, y’know!

Nice reel, the rolls on Cnatural are not easy on the flute. Any tips?

It track 2 on the 1959 Recording by Paddy Canny, PJ Hayes et al followed by The Old Bush. Is there a Bunker Hill in Ireland as well as America or was it lifted by O’Nill from Ryan’s collection?

Bunker Hill, X:4

Learned this variant from Alan Kelly

bunker hill

bought the book "trip to Sligo" in Galway this year , found the tune "Bunker Hill" played on your site,really happy about that. nice to see Steve Cooney on guitar. now i have to learn it on the mandolin.
go raibh maith agat

Bunker Hill, X:5

Pipes version with loads of triplets.

Re: Bunker Hill

Thanks for the video. When it first opened it without looking at the clip I thought it was Dervish playing.