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Irish Traditional Music Tune Index
Tune ID#1690 (Rocky Road to Dublin)
about these two bars
Basic musical information on this tune.
|Rhythm ?||Bars||8-bar phrase structure||Mode ?|
|Slip jig||16||AB||A Dorian
given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Rocky Road to Dublin, The / Rocky Road to Dublin / An Bóthar Carrach go Baile Átha Cliath
/ The Rocky Road / Black Burke / Black Rock (also with various 3rd parts, also doubled, also in A Mixolydian) (compare as song #5621
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.
to hear the first 12 seconds.
|[Album code] Artist. Title. Performers (instruments).
[LR 1] Leo Rowsome. Classics of Irish Piping. Leo Rowsome (pipes).
[SE 2] Seamus Ennis. The Pure Drop. Seamus Ennis (pipes). For this tune: (C# pipes).
[MR 10] Micho Russell. Rarities and Old Favorites 1949-1993. Micho Russell (whistle, flute, vocals). For this tune: (whistle).
[WatReeds] Tommy Keane, Jacqueline McCarthy, with Alec Finn. The Wind among the Reeds. Tommy Keane (pipes, whistle), Jacqueline McCarthy (concertina). For this tune: (B pipes), (concertina).
[CBt] Celtic Beat. Traditional Music from Ireland. Breandan O'Hare (C whistle).
[Chlr 1] Chulrua. Barefoot on the Altar. Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Tim Britton (pipes, flute, whistle), Pat Egan (guitar, vocals).
[IBrgd 10] The Irish Brigade (and Friends). Live at the Half Time Rec. Mike Wallace (guitar, bodhrán, bass, vocals), Sean Conway (flute, whistle, guitar, vocals), John Wright (bass), Karie Oberg (vocals), Mike Ryan (dumbek). For this tune: Sean Conway (whistle).
[Hmdgr] Paul Brock and Enda Scahill. Humdinger. Paul Brock (accordion), Enda Scahill (banjo, mandolin).
[SMcK] Skip McKinley. Fairy Tales. Skip McKinley (flute).
[PDArcy] Patrick D'Arcy. Wallop the Spot. Patrick D'Arcy (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (B pipes).
[JAbrt 1] Joey Abarta. Swimming against the Falls. Snámh in aghaidh easa. Joey Abarta (pipes).
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 #1116 in  Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. |
|As tune #411 in  Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. |
|As tune #257 in volume 2 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. |
|As tune #36 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." |
|As tune #58 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. |
|On page 79 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. |
|On page 49 of [RW] Robin Williamson. The Penny Whistle Book. |
|On page 233 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. |
|On page 221 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition. |
|As slipjig #19 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. |
|As tune #301 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. |
|As tune #76 in [DM 4] Dave Mallinson. 100 Vital Irish Session Tunes. |
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