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Tune ID#1683 (Road to Lisdoonvarna)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Road to Lisdoonvarna about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Ch 3 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABD Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Road to Lisdoonvarna, The / Road to Lisdoonvarna / The Galway Girls / March of the Tribes to Galway / All the Ways to Galway / All the Way to Galway / Sarsfield March / Flash Away the Pressing Gang / Slash Away the Pressing Gang / Sonny Brogan's (3rd in set Michael Gorman's on BB 2, mislabeled as The Laurel Tree on some reissues; mislabeled as Joe Cooley's on BB 6; 1st in set 44 Mill Street on SHtn 1; 1st in set All The Way to Galway on Fdl 1) (also in A, also with reversed parts, also as highland; setting on Fdl 1 has a somewhat different 2nd part) (compare 2nd part with 2nd part of polka The Kerry Cow #2830)

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
~19737#2
[Ch 3] The Chieftains. 3. Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Seán Potts (whistle), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Seán Keane (fiddle), Peadar Mercier (bodhrán, bones). For this tune: 1st time Paddy Moloney (pipes).
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19766#3
[BB 2] The Bothy Band. Old Hag You Have Killed Me. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Matt Molloy (flute, whistle), Kevin Burke (fiddle), Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill (vocals, clavinet, harmonium), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (vocals, guitar), Donal Lunny (vocals, bouzouki, guitar, bodhrán).
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19765#3
[BB 6] The Bothy Band. Live in Concert. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Matt Molloy (flute), Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Peter Browne (pipes), Dónal Lunny (bouzouki), Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill (vocals, clavinet), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (vocals, guitar).
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~19978#2
[TMcCrthy] Tommy McCarthy. Sporting Nell. Tommy McCarthy (concertina, pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes).
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~19972#3
[Sol 2] Solas. Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers. Karan Casey (vocals), John Doyle (guitar, mandocello, vocals), Seamus Egan (flute, banjo, whistle, mandolin, guitar, bodhrán, percussion), Winifred Horan (fiddle), John Williams (accordion, concertina).
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199812#2
[JKn 5] James Keane. Sweeter as the Years Roll By. James Keane (accordion). For this tune: with Padraic Keane (fiddle), Darach Keane (low whistle).
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200212#1
[AJK] Alan and John Kelly. Fourmilehouse. Alan Kelly (piano accordion), John Kelly (flute, whistle).
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~200814#1
[Fdl 1] Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, Aidan O'Donnell. Fidil. Ciarán Ó Maonaigh (fiddle), Aidan O'Donnell (fiddle).
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20101#1
[SHtn 1] Shannon Heaton. The Blue Dress. Shannon Heaton (flute).
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~201014#2
[CYHCIt] Catherine McEvoy, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. Comb Your Hair and Curl It. Catherine McEvoy (flute), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle), Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
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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.
As tune #999 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 101 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #19 in volume 1 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On page 19 of [LPUP] Eithne and Brian Vallely. Learn to Play the Uilleann Pipes. [available]
As tune #23 in volume 2 of [LPTW] Eithne Vallely. Learn to Play the Tin Whistle. [available]
On page 109 of [NF] Allen Feldman. The Northern Fiddler. [available]
On page 231 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
In [L] Alan's private loose music.
As reel #290 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #92 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [available]
As tune #24 in [DM 4] Dave Mallinson. 100 Vital Irish Session Tunes. [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): 1907