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Tune ID#2653 (High Part of the Road)

Transcription of first 2 bars of High Part of the Road about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording TP 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
High Part of the Road, The / The Top of the Road / The Hill on the Road / Árd an Bhothair / Ard an Bhóthair / Ard a Bhóthair / Ard a'Bhothair / Ard an Bhothair / Ard An Bothair / Willie Clancy's Jig / Willy Clancy's / The Blooming Meadows / West Clare (1st in Gerry's Set on Dnu 5) (compare 2nd part with 2nd part of Blooming Meadows #180)
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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).
~19764#1
[TP 2] Tommy Peoples and Paul Brady. The High Part of the Road. Tommy Peoples (fiddle), Paul Brady (guitar).
~19802#1
[JKn 2] James Keane. Roll Away the Reel World. James Keane (accordion). For this tune: with Sean (fiddle).
19821.25#2
~19964#2
[JOBM 1] Jimmy O'Brien-Moran. Seán Reid's Favourite. Jimmy O'Brien-Moran (pipes). For this tune: (B pipes).
~19964#1
[SWlsh 3] Seamus Walshe. Clare Accordion. Seamus Walshe (accordion).
~199714#2
[TMcCrthy] Tommy McCarthy. Sporting Nell. Tommy McCarthy (concertina, pipes, whistle). For this tune: (whistle).
19981#2
[Chlr 1] Chulrua. Barefoot on the Altar. Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Tim Britton (pipes, flute, whistle), Pat Egan (guitar, vocals).
200112#2
[KlmFcy] Catherine McEvoy and John McEvoy. The Kilmore Fancy. Catherine McEvoy (flute), John McEvoy (fiddle).
~200210#2
[RBPOL 2] Ronan Browne and Peter O'Loughlin. Touch Me If You Dare. Ronan Browne (pipes, flute), Peter O'Loughlin (fiddle, flute). For this tune: (pipes), (fiddle).
200411#1
[Dnu 5] Danú. When All Is Said and Done. Donal Clancy (guitar, electric bass), Donnchadh Gough (bodhrán, pipes), Tom Doorley (flute, whistle, vocals), Eamon Doorley (bouzouki, fiddle), Oisin McAuley (fiddle, vocals), Benny McCarthy (accordion), Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh (vocals, whistle, flute). For this tune: 1st time Gerry O'Connor (banjo).
~201115#1
[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). For this tune: Bríd O'Donohue (flute), Sineád O'Brien (fiddle).
20122#2
[PDArcy] Patrick D'Arcy. Wallop the Spot. Patrick D'Arcy (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (D pipes).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Dooney Rock
SRyan C
I Buried My Wife and Danced on Top of Her
JOBM 1
Leg of the Duck
TMcCrthy
Tobin's Favorite
Chlr 1
Kitty's Rambles
KlmFcy
Wandering Minstrel
RBPOL 2
Cailleach an Airgid
PDArcy
Played beforeOn Albums
Reverend Brother's Jig
TP 2
Paddy O'Rafferty
JKn 2
Burke's
SWlsh 3
Paddy Taylor's
Chlr 1
Bímís ag Ól
RBPOL 2
Old Tipperary
Dnu 5
Banks of Lough Gowna
BODFam
Girl from the Big House
PDArcy

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 #18 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
As tune #133 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
As jig #59 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 58 of [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
As jig #190 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
As jig #50 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): 1963