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Tune ID#416 (Crooked Road to Dublin)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Crooked Road to Dublin 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 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Crooked Road to Dublin, The / Crooked Road to Dublin / The Crooked Road / The Smiles and Tears of Erin / Gol agus Gáire na hÉireann / Lady's Pantalets (1st in set The Crooked Road to Dublin on MC; 1st in set The Lady's Pantalettes on DC1; mislabeled as The Ravelled Hank of Yarn on WC 2)

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
~19241.9#1
[MC] Michael Coleman. Michael Coleman 1891-1945. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
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197120#1
[DC1] The Drones and the Chanters. Irish Pipering. Willie Clancy.
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197311#2
[WC 2] Willie Clancy. The Pipering of Willie Clancy. Volume 1. Willie Clancy (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (whistle).
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~1973A.3#1
[AClareSn] Willy Clancy and various. A Clare Session with Willy Clancy and Friends. Willy Clancy (pipes), presumably with Peadar O'Loughlin (flute), Jimmy Ward (banjo), Martin Talty, and others..
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197513#1
[JnKlly] John Kelly. Irish Traditional Concertina and Fiddle Music. John Kelly (concertina, fiddle). For this tune: (concertina).
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~19771#1
[AM] Andy McGann and Paul Brady. It's A Hard Road to Travel. Andy McGann (fiddle), Paul Brady (guitar).
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~198814#2
[SWW] Ronan Browne and Peter O'Loughlin. The South West Wind. Traditional Music from County Clare. Ronan Browne (pipes), Peter O'Loughlin (fiddle). For this tune: Peter (flute), Ronan Brown (pipes), Tierna Brown (fiddle).
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~199012#2
[CmA 1] The Coleman Archive Vol. 1: The Living Tradition. Mick Regan (fiddle).
Go to Album
~19916#2
[TKn] Tommy Keane. The Piper's Apron. Tommy Keane (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes), with Jacqueline McCarthy (concertina).
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199412#1
[MH 2] Martin Hayes. Under the Moon. Martin Hayes (fiddle).
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~19942.1#1
[GL20] Green Linnet Records. The Twentieth Anniversary Collection. Martin Hayes.
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~199613#2
[JB 4] Joe Burke, Charlie Lennon. The Bucks of Oranmore. Joe Burke (accordion), Charlie Lennon (piano).
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~19971#2
[NaCnn 1] Na Connerys. Celtic Sessions. Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Kevin Glackin (fiddle), Sean Og Potts (pipes, whistle), John Regan (accordion), John Wynne (flute), Tom McDonagh (bouzouki), Mark Kelly (guitar).
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19984#1
[JWh 6] John Whelan. Come to Dance. John Whelan (accordion). For this tune: with Jim Eagan (fiddle).
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~20081#2
[RossBr] Ben Lennon and Tony O'Connell. Rossinver Braes. Ben Lennon (fiddle), Tony O'Connell (concertina).
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201115#3
[HDvls 2] The House Devils. Crossing the Ocean. Matt Fahey (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, resonator guitar), Mat Walklate (harmonica, flute, vocals, whistle, pipes), Andrew Dinan (fiddle), Anthony Haller (double bass).
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~20112#3
[BODFam] Bríd O'Donohue and Family. Cliabhán an Dúchais. Bríd O'Donohue (flute, whistle), Seán O'Brien (flute), Eibhlís O'Brien (pipes), Deirdre O'Brien (harp), Liam O'Brien (concertina), Sinéad O'Brien (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 #101 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
As tune #81 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
As reel #27 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 18 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #50 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #63 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [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): 1924