The Heights Of Muingvuara reel

Also known as The Copper Beech, The Heights Of Muingbhathá, Tom Fleming’s, Tom Flemming’s, The Trip To London.

There are 10 recordings of this tune.

The Heights Of Muingvuara has been added to 1 tune set.

The Heights Of Muingvuara has been added to 45 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: The Heights Of Muingvuara
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DEFD GFDC|B,G,B,C DEFD|~G3B dBGB|A=FDE FDCF|
DEFD GFDC|B,G,B,C DEFD|~G3B AGFA|1 DGGF ~G3F:|2 DGGF G2Bd||
|:gBdg GBdg|bgag edef|gBBA B2BA|GBdB A2Bd|
gBdg GBdg|bgag edef|gd~d2 ^cdBG|1 FGAF G2Bd:|2 FGAF ~G3F||
2
X: 2
T: The Heights Of Muingvuara
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DEFD GFDC|B,G,B,C DE=FD|~G3B dBcA|GFDE =FDCF|
DE=FD G^FDC|B,G,B,C DE=FD|GFGB AGFA|1 DGGF G3F:|2 DGGF G2Bd||
|:gBdg GBdg|bgag e^def|gBBA (3Bcd BA|GBdB A2Bd|
gBdg GBdg|bgag e^def|gd~d2 ^cdBG|1 FGAF G2Bd:|2 FGAF G3F||
DEFD GFDC|B,G,B,C DEFD|~G3B dBGB|A=FDE FDCF|
DEFD GFDC|B,G,B,C DEFD|~G3B AGFA|1 DGGF ~G3F:|2 DGGF G2Bd||
|:gBdB GBdg|bgag egfa|gBBA (3BcB AB|GBdB ABcd|
gB~B2 GBdg|bgag egfa|gd~d2 ^cdBG|1 FGAF GABd:|2 FGAF G3F||
3
X: 3
T: The Heights Of Muingvuara
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D |: G2FG DEFD | GFDC B,G,B,C | DEFD GFGB |dBcA GFD2 |
DGFG DEFD | GFDC B,G,B,C |DEFD GFGB |1AGFA G3D:|2AGFA G2ef||
|: gdeg GBdg | bgag edef | gBBA BcBA |GBdB (3A_B=B cd |
gdeg GBdg| bgag edef | gd^cd BGFG|1 FGAF G2ef:|2 FGAF G3||

Six comments

The Trip To London

This tune appears twice on my Brid Harper recording, once backed by guitar and once with piano. It may be someone different because it’s a slightly different setting altho’ the style is similar, but the recording quality isn’t very good so it’s difficult to tell. The actual setting played by Harper/Byrne has more accidentals in and is as follows:

X: 1
T: Trip To London, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
DEFD GFDC|B,G,B,C DE=FD|~G3B dBcA|GFDE =FDCF|
DE=FD G^FDC|B,G,B,C DE=FD|GFGB AGFA|1 DGGF G3F:|2 DGGF G2Bd||
|:gBdg GBdg|bgag e^def|gBBA (3Bcd BA|GBdB A2Bd|
gBdg GBdg|bgag e^def|gd~d2 ^cdBG|1 FGAF G2Bd:|2 FGAF G3F||

In the other version on the recording the 1st time through goes as follows:

X: 1
T: Trip To London, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
DEFD GFDC|B,G,B,C DEFD|~G3B dBGB|A=FDE FDCF|
DEFD GFDC|B,G,B,C DEFD|~G3B AGFA|1 DGGF ~G3F:|2 DGGF G2Bd||
|:gBdB GBdg|bgag egfa|gBBA (3BcB AB|GBdB ABcd|
gB~B2 GBdg|bgag egfa|gd~d2 ^cdBG|1 FGAF GABd:|2 FGAF G3F||

Then it’s varied a lot the next time thru - an especially nice one being a roll on the low B, 2nd bar:

DEFD GFDC|~B,3C DEFD…

So the whole point was that my setting’s a combination of the two.

Tony O’Connell & Andy Morrow

In the liner notes of their album, it says that this is a composition of Kerry box player Tom Fleming entitled "The Heights Of Muingbhathá" - Muingbhathá apparently being a townland in north Kerry in the region of Knocknagosel.

Muingvuara

"cos" posted Tom Fleming’s recording which I used to have but seem to have lost. The title on the sleeve was spelt "The Heights of Muingvuara" - I’ve added that as an alternative title, and the link to the recording now works. A good tune.

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F# vs F

I learned this from Sean O’Driscoll in Cork, and he plays most the A section with F natural - - nice tonal shift! The Fs right near the 1st ending go back to being sharped.

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The Heights Of Muingvuara, X:3

Original setting from Pat Barton.

Name of the tune => The Copper Beech

The Copper Beech was composed by Pat Barton more than 40 years ago, he used to play it frequently around the Midlands of Ireland with the band he was a member of at the time.

You can listen to Pat playing the tune in the playlist with his compositions that is in his YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDpDX8JKP5ZoE66D7qhKhT1yMFcFeF9QG