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Tune ID#1494 (Road to Town)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Road to Town about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording TnRadio (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Road to Town, The / The Scartaglen Reel / Ríl Scairteach an Ghlinne / Denis Murphy's / I Wish I Had a Kerry Cow / The Old Kerry Cow / The Brown Girl's Reel / Lománach Cross / P.J. MacNamara's / P.J. Mac Namara's (also in G, also doubled)
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Discography cd

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 (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
19498#2
[TnRadio] Tuning the Radio. Denis Murphy (fiddle).
19927#1
[MH 1] Martin Hayes. Martin Hayes. Martin Hayes (fiddle).
~20104#3
[DShrdn 1] Dave Sheridan. Drivin' Leitrim Timber. Dave Sheridan (flute, guitar). For this tune: (Eb flute).
~201111#3
[NFBolg] Jack Talty, Cormac Begley. Na Fir Bolg. Jack Talty (concertina), Cormac Begley (concertina).
~20134#1
[ForGems] Peter Carberry and Pádraig McGovern. Forgotten Gems. Peter Carberry (accordion), Pádraig McGovern (B pipes, D pipes).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Give Us Another
TnRadio
Johnny Gorman's Reel
DShrdn 1
Da Nippin Grund
NFBolg
Played beforeOn Albums
Morning Star
TnRadio
John Naughton's
MH 1
Jenny Dang the Weaver
ForGems

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 musical matches to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #263 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [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): 1949