The Mourne Mountains reel

Also known as Sliebte Mugdorna, Tom Ward’s Downfall.

There are 5 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Mourne Mountains has been added to 4 tune sets.

The Mourne Mountains has been added to 93 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Mourne Mountains
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BGGA GEDG|~E3G AEGE|DEGA B2Bd|ed~d2(3Bcd gd|
BG~G2{A}GEDG|~E3G AEGE|DEGA B2Bd|egdc BG~G2:|
|:dgga gedg|eaag adga|bg~g2 ageg|gedc BGBd|
~g3a gedg|eaag a2ga|bg~g2 ageg|1gedc BG~G2:|2gedc BGdc||
X: 2
T: The Mourne Mountains
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BGGG GEDG|EDEG AEGE|DEGA BG(3B^cd|eAdc Bg2d|
(3BAGAF GEDG|EDEG AEGE|DEGA BG(3B^cd|1 eAdc BGGA:|2eAdc BGBd
|:g2gf gedB|eaag a2ga|bbbg agab|gedc BG(3B^cd|
g2gf gedB|eaag a2ga|bggg agab|1 gedc BGBd:|2 gedc BGGA||
# Added by gam .
X: 3
T: The Mourne Mountains
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BGGA G2 (ED)|EAAB A2 (GE)|DEGA BABd|(3efg (dB) cBAG|
BGGA G2 (ED)|EAAB A2 (GE)|DEGA BABd|(3efg dc BG G2||
dgga g2 (ed)|eaab a2 (ge)|dega bagf|(3efg (3dcB cBAc|
dgga g2 (ed)|eaab a2 (ge)|dega bagf|(3gfe dc BG G2||
# Added by Moxhe .
X: 4
T: The Mourne Mountains
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:BG G2 GEDG|E3G A2 GE|DEGA B3d|ed d2(3Bcd gd|
BG G2 GEDG|E3G A2 GE|DEGA B3d|egdc BG G2:||
|:dg g2 gedg|eaag a2 ga|bg g2 agef|gedc BG G2|
g3a gedg|eaag a2ga|bg g2 agef|1gedc BG G2:|2gedc BGdc||
# Added by JACKB .

Thirteen comments

The Mourne Mountains

Transcription: Gian Marco Pietrasanta

Tom Ward’s Downfall

This tune was posted in The Session a few months ago under its more common name of Tom Ward’s Downfall. As I recall it, it was a slightly different setting, so this posting may not be in vain.

The Mourne Mountains 9th bar

There is a slip in the 9th bar of the sheetmusic:
The last note is not a low D, it’s a high D.

Banks of the liffey

sounds for me like banks of the liffey

Sorry

sorry, i mean atlantik bridge…and not banks of

kurt

The Mourne Mountains wrong note

The wong low D is in the 12th bar ( the 4th of the B part), not in the 9th, as i wrote before.

“Tom Ward’s Downfall” ~ another take on it

Key signature: G Major (not C Major)
Submitted on February 25th 2002 by Josh Kane.
https://thesession.org/tunes/565

~ whatever you do to the F/f’s it resloves on G…

Similar…

to the reel after atlantic bridge on Spillane’s track. does anyone else agree?

It is the same tune Scrappy, though it’s not listed on the album sleeve.

Yes, Scrappy: Davy Spillane plays it more or less like this (The c sharps in the triplets are a quirk of the pipes; but I think they sound better than nats).

K:G
BGGG GEDG|EDEG AEGE|DEGA BG(3B^cd|eAdc Bg2d|
(3BAGAF GEDG|EDEG AEGE|DEGA BG(3B^cd|1 eAdc BGGA:|2eAdc BGBd
|:g2gf gedB|eaag a2ga|bbbg agab|gedc BG(3B^cd|
g2gf gedB|eaag a2ga|bggg agab|1 gedc BGBd:|2 gedc BGGA||

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The Mourne Mountains, X:3

Here is the version which appears in O’Neill’s Dance Music of Ireland - 1001 Gems (1907), p. 92, no. 477, as The Mourne Mountains, Sliebte Mugdorna.

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