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Tune ID#346 (Tar Road to Sligo)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Tar Road to Sligo about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MC (disc 1, track 15) (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Tar Road to Sligo, The / Tar Road to Sligo / The Coach Road to Sligo / The High Road to Sligo / An Bóthar Mór go Sligeach / The Humors of the Whiskey / Jackson's Jig / Jackson's / Port Jackson / Coleman's / Fasten the Leg in Her / Lambert's (2nd in set Jackson's on MC; 2nd in set Tobin's Fancy, also on MC; 2nd in set Up Sligo on CLnn 1) (compare 1st part with the 1st part of The Races at Carrick in O'Neill, included here)

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
19171.1#1
[PJConlon] Peter J. Conlon. The Genius of Peter Conlon. 78 RPM Recordings from 1917-1929. Peter J. Conlon (melodeon).
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~19241.6#2
[MC] Michael Coleman. Michael Coleman 1891-1945. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
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19341.15#2
[MC] Michael Coleman. Michael Coleman 1891-1945. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
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19758#1
[BB 1] The Bothy Band. 1975. The First Album. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Matt Molloy (flute, whistle), Tommy Peoples (fiddle), Donal Lunny (bouzouki, vocals), Tríona Ni Dhomhnaill (harpsichord, bodhrán, vocals), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (guitar, vocals). For this tune: Tommy Peoples (fiddle), Matt Molloy (flute).
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~197712#1
[DODnl] Danny O'Donnell. Ón tSean-Am Anall. Danny O'Donnell (fiddle).
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197810#1
[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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19781.17#2
[SRyan C] Seán Ryan. A Collection of His Own Compositions and His Versions of Well Known Traditional Tunes. Seán Ryan (fiddle).
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~19932#3
[JKn 3] James Keane. That's the Spirit. James Keane (accordion).
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19955#1
[JDr 2] Joe Derrane. Return to Inis Mór. Joe Derrane (accordion).
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19957#2
[JMd 2] Joanie Madden. Song of the Irish Whistle. Joanie Madden (whistle, flute, percussion). For this tune: starts (whistle), then with Jerry O'Sullivan (pipes).
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~19967#3
[SBw] Folan and Davey. Skin and Bow. Declan Folan (fiddle), Junior Davey (bodhrán).
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199912#1
[JWh 8] John Whelan. Celtic Roots. John Whelan (accordion). For this tune: 1st time Zan McLeod (cittern).
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~19996#1
[OMT] Billy McComiskey, Brendan Mulvihill, and Zan McLeod. One More Time. Billy McComiskey (accordion), Brendan Mulvihill (fiddle), and Zan McLeod (guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, bass). For this tune: Brendan.
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~200016#2
[CLnn 1] Charlie Lennon. Time for a Tune. Charlie Lennon (fiddle, piano, drum).
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20041#2
[RogRd] Jason O'Rourke and Ruadhraí O'Kane. Roguery Road. Jason O'Rourke (concertina), Ruadhraí O'Kane (fiddle).
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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 #836 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #99 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 37 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #33 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
On page 31 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 8 of [TP] Tommy Peoples. Fifty Irish Fiddle Tunes. [available]
As jig #41 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #91 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 110 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 188 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.

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): 1903