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Tune ID#1419 (Trip to Athlone)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Trip to Athlone about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording AIC1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBD Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Trip to Athlone, The / Trip to Athlone / A Trip to Athlone / Turas go hÁth Luian / The Newport Lass / Newport Lass / The Newport Lasses / Gearrchaile Bhaile Uí bhFiacháin / O'Brien's Fancy (1st in set Jim Donoghue's Jigs on ST KCF; during and after song Galway Races on Ch BIH; 2nd in set Micho Russell's on NNC 1) (for dance The Trip to Athlone)

cd Discography

Here are all recordings of this tune considering only the indexed recordings. I have discovered by careful listening that these sources are in fact musically the same tune, regardless of the tune titles they use, key changes, retuning, etc.

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Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title. Performers (instruments). Go to album
~195835#1
[TDMI] Traditional Dance Music of Ireland. The Jimmy Hogan Trio.
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~19599#1
[AIC1] Paddy Canny, P.J. Hayes, Peadar O'Loughlin, Bridie Lafferty. An Historic Recording of Irish Traditional Music from County Clare and East Galway. Paddy Canny (fiddle), P.J. Hayes (fiddle).
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~19598#1
[AIC2] Paddy Canny. Meet Paddy Canny. All-Ireland Champion - Violin. Paddy Canny (fiddle). For this tune: with P.J. Hayes.
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~19763#1
[ST KCF] Séamus Tansey. King of the Concert Flute. Remastered. Séamus Tansey (flute).
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19774#1
[MBP] Matt Molloy, Paul Brady, Tommy Peoples. Matt Molloy. Paul Brady. Tommy Peoples. Matt Molloy (flute), Paul Brady (guitar, vocals), Tommy Peoples (fiddle). For this tune: Tommy Peoples (fiddle).
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~19772.3#1
[NaF 5] Na Filí. Chanter's Tune. Unidentified on this reissue, but from the original: Tomás Ó Canainn (pipes, vocals), Tom Barry (whistles, flute), Matt Cranitch (fiddle). For this tune: 1st time Matt (fiddle).
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197816#1
[KKgn] Kevin Keegan. The Music of Kevin Keegan. Kevin Keegan (accordion). For this tune: with (banjo), (guitar).
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~197934#1
[CmA 1] The Coleman Archive Vol. 1: The Living Tradition. Jim Donoghue (C whistle).
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198514#2
[Kn] Noel Hill and Tony MacMahon. In Knocknagree. Noel Hill (concertina), Tony MacMahon (accordion).
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~19858#2
[Ch BIH] The Chieftains. Music from "Ballad of the Irish Horse". Derek Bell (harp, tiompán), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán, vocals), Seán Keane (fiddle), Martin Fay (fiddle, bones), Matt Molloy (flute), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle).
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~19907#2
[JWh 2] John Whelan. From the Heart. Traditional Irish Music. John Whelan (accordion). For this tune: with Séamus Connolly (fiddle).
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~19924#1
[CR 1] Craobh Rua. The More That's Said the Less the Better. Mark Donnelly (pipes, whistle), Michael Cassidy (fiddle), Brian Connolly (banjo, mandolin, bodhrán), Jim Byrne (guitar, mandola, vocals). For this tune: 1st time Mark Donnelly (pipes).
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~19974#1
[NMllgn 2] Neil Mulligan. The Leitrim Thrush. Neil Mulligan (C# pipes).
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19982#1
[JKn 5] James Keane. Sweeter as the Years Roll By. James Keane (accordion).
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199815#2
[JWh 6] John Whelan. Come to Dance. John Whelan (accordion). For this tune: with Jim Eagan (fiddle).
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199912#2
[Dnu 2] Danú. Think before You Think. Tom Doorley (flute, whistle), Eamon Doorley (bouzouki, mandola), Brendan McCarthy (accordion), Jesse Smith (fiddle, viola), Noel Ryan (guitar), Donnchadh Gough (bodhrán, pipes), Ciarán Ó Gealbháin (vocals).
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~19994#1
[CODnl 1] Colm O'Donnell. Farewell to Evening Dances. Colm O'Donnell (flute, whistle). For this tune: (Bb whistle).
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~199910#2
[DzDnly 1] Dezi Donnelly. Familiar Footsteps. Dezi Donnelly (fiddle).
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20002.10#1
[LaL] Lámh ar Lámh. Many Hands. Tom Mc Gorman (flute), Catherine Mc Evoy (flute).
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200110#1
[TrsCl] Turas Cheoil. A Musical Odyssey: A compilation of music from the traditional musicians of Toronto. Ena O'Brien (accordion), with Pat O'Gorman (flute).
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~200211#1
[TMIYD] Ronan Browne and Peter O'Loughlin. Touch Me If You Dare. Ronan Browne (pipes, flute), Peter O'Loughlin (fiddle, flute). For this tune: (pipes), (fiddle).
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20035#4
[CSmth] Chris Smith with Roger Landes and Randal Bays. Coyotebanjo. Chris Smith (banjo, mandola, mandolin, field organ), Roger Landes (bouzouki), Randal Bays (fiddle).
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~20031.10#2
[WFO 2] Wooden Flute Obsession 2. Duncan Davidson (flute).
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~20074#2
[NNC 1] Niamh Ní Charra. Ón Dá Thaobh. From Both Sides. Niamh Ní Charra (fiddle, concertina). For this tune: (concertina).
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~20082#3
[TndUp] Brendan Mulholland, Brendan Hendry, Paul McSherry. Tuned Up. Brendan Mulholland (flute), Brendan Hendry (fiddle), Paul McSherry (guitar).
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Bibliography

Here are all transcriptions of this tune considering only the indexed books, listed in chronological order. I have discovered by careful comparison that these are very similar to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
On page 39 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #42 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
As tune #87 in [DM 3] Dave Mallinson. 100 Evergreen Irish Session Tunes. [available]
As jig #136 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]

If you are considering using the above transcriptions to help you learn this tune, I invite you to check these practical Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music. See also: So why do you bother indexing books and abc?

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1958