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Tune ID#1553 (Pathway to the Well)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Pathway to the Well about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JCt 2 (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):
Pathway to the Well, The / Pathway to the Well / Cosán go dtí an Tobar / James O'Beirne's / Master Crowley's Favourite / Michael Coleman's / Cherish the Ladies (1st in set Master Crowley's Favorites on HG; 1st in The Pathway to the Well Set on PttW) (also in C) (compare single jig Pat Ward's #1552; compare 1st part with 1st part of Manning's Jig #1947; compare more distantly with 1st and 3rd parts of Cherish the Ladies #309)
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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).
19386#1
[HG] Hugh Gillespie. Classic Recordings of Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. Hugh Gillespie (fiddle).
~19963#2
[JCt 2] John Carty. Last Night's Fun. John Carty (fiddle, banjo, flute).
~20071.8#2
[CLnn 2] Charlie Lennon. Turning the Tune. Charlie Lennon (fiddle, viola, piano, harpsichord, bass, keyboards).
~20073#1
[PttW] Matt Molloy and John Carty with Arty McGlynn. Pathway to the Well. Matt Molloy (flute), John Carty (fiddle), Arty McGlynn (guitar).
~20112#1
[SailCrvt] Paddy O'Brien, Tom Schaefer, Paul Wehling, Erin Hart. The Sailor's Cravat. Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Tom Schaefer (fiddle), Paul Wehling (bouzouki), Erin Hart (vocals).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Old Grey Goose
JCt 2
A Trip to the Cottage
CLnn 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Trip to Sligo
HG, SailCrvt
Pride of Rockchapel
PttW

Bibliography

According to my research, there are zero transcriptions that are musically very similar to this tune anywhere in the indexed books, regardless of tune title. Try my recommended links to other indexes if you need a transcription. To learn to play this tune, simply learn it from another musician or study the recording(s) listed above. See also: Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music.

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1938