The Mountain Top reel

Also known as Barr An TSléibhe, The Crooked Way To Dublin, Dillon Brown, Doone Hill, The Dunne Hills.

There are 75 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Lucy Campbell (lots of times), Tie The Bonnet (a few times), The Sailor On The Rock (a few times), The Boogie (a few times) and Cloch Na Ceithre Mhile (a few times).

The Mountain Top has been added to 15 tune sets.

The Mountain Top has been added to 246 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Mountain Top
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: B2AG EGDE | G2 (3B^cd {f}edgd | BG{B}AG EGDG |1 (3BcB Ad BGGA :|2 (3BcB Ac BG~G2 ||
Bd (3B^cd edBA | Bdef gfed | BddB d2ge | dBAd BGGA |
Bd (3B^cd edBA | (3B^cd ef ~g2ga | bgaf gfed | (3efg fa gedc ||
X: 2
T: The Mountain Top
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B2AG EGDG|G2Bd edgd|BGAG EGDG|B2Ac BGG2:|
Bd~d2 edBA|Bdef gfed|Bd~d2 Bdge|dBAc BGG2|
Bd~d2 edBA|Bdef g3a|bgaf gfed|(3efgfa gedc||
X: 3
T: The Mountain Top
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: B2AG EGDE | G2 (3B^cd edgd | BGAG EGDG | (3BcB Ad BGGA |
B2AG EGDE | G2 (3B^cd edgd | BG{B}AG EGDG| (3BcB Ac BG G2 ||
Bd (3B^cd edBA | (3B^cd ef gfed | Bdd^c d2 ge | dBAc BGGA |
Bd (3B^cd edBA | (3B^cd ef g2ga | bgaf gfed | (3efg fa gedc ||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 4
T: The Mountain Top
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(dc)||BGAG (EGD)E|G2 (Bd) edgd|BGAG (EGD)E|GABd efgd|
BGAG (EGD)E|G2 (Bd) edgd|BGAG (EGD3/2)e/2|dcAF G2 gz||
|(B(d d2)) (eg)dB|d2 ef (g2 ~b2)|(B(d d2)) (eg)dB|AGAB AcBA|
(B(d d2)) (eg)dB|d2 (ef) gfga|bgaf gfed|egfa gedc||
X: 5
T: The Mountain Top
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(GE)D(B c)(AB)(G|A)(GB)((G A)E) Ez|(GE)D(B c)(AB)(G|A)cBG A2 G2|
(GE)D(B c)(AB)(G|A)(GB)((G A)E) Ez|GEDE GABd|edcA G2 Gz||
(Bd) d2 efge|d2 (BG) (AE) E2|(Bd) d2 efge|dBGB A2 A2 |
(Bd) d2 efge|d2 (BG) (AE) E2|GEDE G2 (AB)|dBGB AcBA||

Nine comments

I learned this tune off the Danu album "Think Before You Think." This tune, I find, goes well with both "The Traveller" and "Glen Allen." I like to play it at a quicker, more up-beat pace than normal.

First recorded by Michael Coleman

I *think*…

Does anybody know the correct name for this tune?

There is a nice video of the Allow Ceili Band playing this tune at the following link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hX3cETXDs60


The tune is the second in the set of four tunes. One of the comments on that YouTube video says that the tune is called ‘The Mountain Top’. But there is is already a tune on thesession.org with that name, and it is not the same tune.

Does anybody know the correct title? I would like to replace "Gan Ainm" with a better title.

Thanks!
-Mark

The title does seem to be Mountain Top.

After posting this tune, I found more tunes on thesession.org with the name "Mountain Top". Some of those are clearly the same tune as this one. I wish I had found those tunes before posting this one. My bad.

Great tune. I’ve never come across it named other than the Mountain Top - and I’ve never heard ‘The Mountain Ranger’ called the Mountain Top before. Good that you took your version from a Ceili Band recording, good reliable versions without variations.

The Mountain Top, X:4

A setting which appears in the Roche collection (Volume 1, #181), where it is given the title of The Crooked Way To Dublin. This however, is clearly the same tune as The Mountain Top. A tune from the family “correctly” named The Crooked Way to Dublin can be found at https://thesession.org/tunes/14886

The Mountain Top, X:5

A second setting which appears in the Roche collection (Volume 3, #87), again given the title of The Crooked Way To Dublin. This has a somewhat strange part A, which led me to wonder whether to post it as a stand-alone, but given the part B, and that Roche obviously considered it to be a second setting of the same tune led me to post it here.