The High Hill reel

Also known as Highest Hill.

There are 9 recordings of this tune.

The High Hill has been added to 51 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The High Hill
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
ADED A,D (3DDD | FGAB =cBce | d=cAG EFGc | AGE=C DEFG :|
|: Addc d2 cd | ed (3ddd edd=c | A^GAB =cBcd| e=c (3ccc ecdc |
Addc d2 fd | ed (3ddd edd=c | A^GAB =cded |1 =cAGE DEFG :|2 =cAGE DA=cB ||
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X: 2
T: The High Hill
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FG |: AD~D2 A,D ~D2 | ABcA dcAG | AD~D2 A,DFA | GE=cG ECEG |
AD~D2 A,D ~D2 | AGAB =c3e | d=cAG FGAF | GECE D2FG :|
|: Addc d3 d | {ef}e2 d {ef}e2 d d=c | AGAB =cBcd| e=c (3ccc ecdc |
Addc d3 d | {ef}e2 d {ef}e2 d d=c | AGAB =cded | =cAGE D2FG :||

Two comments

The High Hill

This is an Ed Reavy composition, set here on the playing of fiddler Jim Egan and piper Elliot Grasso, both from Baltimore, Maryland. They’ve tweaked the tune a bit (for example, adding those G sharps in the B part), and I like this version better than the ‘original’ I’ve seen from the Reavy collection.

Egan and Grasso do this in a set of Reavy tunes, going next into Brefni O’Reilly and then finishing with Ann from Monaghan.

With all the c nats, The High Hill might as well be in D mixolydian, but to my ear the c sharps set the mode and the c nats come as a welcome surprise—a D major tune that wanders for long stretches in D mix, then.

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