Not quite straight out of O’Neil’s, this is how I’ve come to play it. I make it third in a set after The Rose in the Garden and The Morning Star Reel. Despite the name co-incidence, it is NOT an alternate form of The Gravel Walk.
There are a lot of common things to other G major (pipe) reels, like Gibert Clancy’s - Nice tune anyway!
this has bugged me for ages, its the tune the Dubliners play before the Salamanca reel,
although they play it differently to the version here
Tommy Keane’s / Tommy Reck’s version
T: Snow On The Hills
|:G2dG BGdG|G2dB cAFA|G2dG BG3|defd cAFA|
G2dG BGdG|G2dB cAFA|GABc dfeg|1 fdcA G2(3DEF:|2 fdcA G2Bc||
|:dg3 bg3|dg3 decA|dg2 bgag|fdcA GABc|
dg3 bg3|dg3 defg|a3g f3e|defd cAFA:|
From here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7ssJd6QrPg&feature=related
Just spent the best part of an hour transcribing this from Steph Geremia’s CD where it’s called "Snow Covered Hills". I’ve put the alternative title in so that it’s linked to the recording.
Here’s my transcription, anyway :
G2 dG BGdG | G2 dB cAFA | G2 dG Bcde | fdcB cAFA |
G2 GA BGBd | GBdB cA FA | GABc dAeg |1 fdcA AGFA :|2 fdcA GABc |
dg g2 bgag | dg g2 decA | dg g2 bgag | fdcA G3 B |
dg g2 b2 ag | dg g2 defg | a2 ge fdeg |1 fdcA GABc :|2 fdcA G4 |
Steph’s playing of this is as good an example of Irish flute playing as I’ve ever heard. Just beautiful music.
Don’t know how to add a reference to another recording, as this is my first submission (is this possible?), but a fine rendering of this tune appears on "The Mountain Groves" by Emmett Gill, second item on the first track, published by NPU and subtitled "The Ace and Deuce of Piping Volume 2". A lot of other good performance on this CD as well!
Snow On The Hills
Donncha - to do what you want to do, enter the details of the recording yourself (in the menu list on the right hand side, click "Recordings" then "add a new recording") as the album you refer to isn’t listed here already. The this tune will automatically link to the new recording entry.
I’ll add a bit to Donncha’s comment: Snow on the Hills is one of the tunes that Tommy Reck recorded, it’s usually added to the Peter O Loughlin tape but I think it’s one of a few tunes that was actually taken from radio broadcasts. Tommy Keane also recorded it.
Ben the Hoose Setting
New to this whole ABC thing but have checked and think it is pretty close. Not sure about the key I’ve put it in but will happily change if wrong! Great tune. Really.
X: 6 “The Snow on the Hills” - O’Neill, 1903 & 1907
B: "O’Neill’s Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies", 1903, page 245, tune #1306
S: Robert Lawson - flute & uilleann pipes
B: "O’Neill’s Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems", 1907, page 105, tune #569