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Tune ID#1684 (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 ?Bars4-bar phrase structureMode ?
Slide32AABBE Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Road to Lisdoonvarna, The / An Bóthar go dtí Lios Dún Bhearna / All the Ways to Galway / The Galway Girls / March of the Tribes to Galway / Sarsfield March / Slash away the Pressing Gang (appears as break during song The Ball of Yarn on LLses 2) (also in A)
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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).
~19737#3
[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).
19931.23#1
[MR 10] Micho Russell. Rarities and Old Favorites 1949-1993. Micho Russell (whistle, flute, vocals). For this tune: (whistle).
~20016#2
[SBJM 1] Seamus Begley and Jim Murray. Ragairne (Revelling at Night). Seamus Begley (accordion, melodeon, vocals), Jim Murray (guitar).
20038#2 (0:59)
[LLses 2] The London Lasses and Pete Quinn. Track Across the Deep. Karen Ryan (fiddle, whistle), Elaine Conwell (fiddle), Dee Havlin (flute, whistle), Maureen Linane (accordion), Kathleen O'Sullivan (vocals).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Road to Lisdoonvarna
Ch 3
Rathawaun
SBJM 1
Ball of Yarn
LLses 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Dark Lochnagar
MR 10
Dan Cronin's
SBJM 1

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.
On page 46 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #84 in volume 4 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #22 in volume 1 of [LPTW] Eithne Vallely. Learn to Play the Tin Whistle. [available]
On page 231 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
On page 34 of [SLoP] Paul Deloughery. Sliabh Luachra on Parade. [available]
As tune #69 in [DM 2] Dave Mallinson. 100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes. [available]
As tune #110 in [IBPS] Pat Conway. Ireland's Best Polkas and Slides. [available]
As slide #27 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [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): 1971