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Tune ID#5187 (Phil Cunningham's)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Phil Cunningham's about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JRSLCB 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Phil Cunningham's / Ríl Phil Cunningham / The Road to Ballymac / Road to Ballymac / The Road to Ballybeg / Jackie Dalys (for 3rd figure of Caledonian Set on JRSLCB 2) (composed by Phil Cunningham)
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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).
~19974#2
[SHernon] Seán Hernon. An Nóra Bheag. Seán Hernon (Eb whistle, banjo).
~19989#1
[JRSLCB 2] Johnny Reidy and the Sliabh Luachra Ceili Band. Music for Set Dancing Vol. II. Johnny Reidy (accordion).
~20022.4#1
[MSCB] Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton (accordion), Caroline Tubridy (fiddle), Pat Curtin (flute), Brian Morgan (flute), Ralph Morgan (banjo), George Byrt (piano), Martin Garrihy (drums).
20139#2
[MMcHugh] Martin McHugh. The Master's Choice. Martin McHugh (accordion). For this tune: with Laura (flute).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Mossy Banks
SHernon
Devaney's Goat
MMcHugh
Played beforeOn Albums
Master McDermott's
JRSLCB 2
Chicago Reel
MSCB

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 8 (Treoir) in [L] Alan's private loose music.
As tune #242 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [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): 1993