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Tune ID#3538 (Idle Road)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Idle 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 KCB 1 (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):
Idle Road, The / An Bóthar Fánach / The Winding Road / Tongs by the Fire / The Cordial Jig / Port na Cordaile (setting on JMd 1 could be considered a different tune)
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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).
~19587#3
[KCB 1] The Kilfenora Ceili Band. The Fabulous Kilfenora Ceili Band. P.J. Lynch (fiddle), Gus Tierney (fiddle), Jim McCormack (flute), Gerry Lynch (accordion), P. Mullins, T. Eustace, P. Madigan, Kitty Linnane (piano), G. O'Loughlin (drums).
~19712.4#1
[EMlny] Eddie Moloney. Eddie Moloney. Master Musician. Eddie Moloney (flute, fiddle, whistle, vocal). For this tune: (flute), with Aggie Whyte (fiddle).
~19798#2
[FR] Joe Burke, Andy McGann, and Felix Dolan. The Funny Reel. Traditional Music of Ireland. Joe Burke (accordion), Andy McGann (fiddle), Felix Dolan (piano).
~19933#1
[JMd 1] Joanie Madden. A Whistle on the Wind. Joanie Madden (flute, whistle). For this tune: (flute), with Joe Madden (accordion).
~20072#1
[PHGH 2] Peter Horan and Gerry Harrington. The Merry Love to Play. Peter Horan (flute), Gerry Harrington (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Knights of St. Patrick
KCB 1
Father Tom's Wager
FR
Played beforeOn Albums
Queen of the Fair
EMlny
Tommy Mulhair's
JMd 1
Tony Molloy's
PHGH 2

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 #839 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #101 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 31 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 100 of [NF] Allen Feldman. The Northern Fiddler. [available]
As tune #32 in [DM 4] Dave Mallinson. 100 Vital Irish Session Tunes. [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): 1903