Irish Traditional Music Tune Index
Tune ID#539 (Down the Back Lane)
about these two bars
Basic musical information on this tune.
|Rhythm ?||Bars||8-bar phrase structure||Mode ?|
|Double jig||32||AABB||D Mixolydian
given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Down the Back Lane / Síos an Lána Cúil
/ Down the Dark Lane / Boring the Leather / Tolladh an Leathair
/ The Cavan Brigade (1st in set Irish Washerwoman on SHtn 1; 1st in set Atlantic Drive on JMcSh 1) (also in A or C) (compare 1st part with 1st part of Walsh's Favourite #6811
; compare 2nd part with 2nd part of Hills of Larraga #839
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).
[IDM 2] Past Masters of Irish Dance Music. Séamus Ennis (pipes).
[WC 2] Willie Clancy. The Pipering of Willie Clancy. Volume 1. Willie Clancy (pipes, whistle).
[SE 4] Séamus Ennis. Forty Years of Irish Piping. Seamus Ennis (pipes except where whistle or vocals noted). For this tune: (C# pipes).
[TKn] Tommy Keane. The Piper's Apron. Tommy Keane (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes).
[MMR 1] Mike and Mary Rafferty. The Dangerous Reel. Mike Rafferty (flute, whistle, pipes), Mary Rafferty (accordion, flute, whistle).
[PCny] Paddy Canny. Traditional Music from the Legendary East Clare Fiddler. Paddy Canny (fiddle).
[LN 2] Laurence Nugent. Two for Two. Laurence Nugent (flute, whistle). For this tune: (flute).
[TMIYD] Ronan Browne and Peter O'Loughlin. Touch Me If You Dare. Ronan Browne (pipes, flute), Peter O'Loughlin (fiddle, flute). For this tune: Ronan Browne (Bb flute), Peter O'Loughlin (fiddle), Maeve Donnelly (viola).
[JCnly 3] Johnny Connolly. An Mileoidean Scaoilte. Johnny Connolly (melodeon).
[SHtn 1] Shannon Heaton. The Blue Dress. Shannon Heaton (flute).
[JMcSh 1] John McSherry. Soma. John McSherry (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (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 very similar to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.
Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
|As tune #6 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. |
|As tune #103 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. |
|As jig #29 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. |
|As tune #229 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. |
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): 1949