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Tune ID#539 (Down the Back Lane)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Down the Back Lane about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording WC 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBD Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Down the Back Lane / Síos an Lána Cúil/ Siar An Cul Sraide / 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)
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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).
~194920#1
[IDM 2] Past Masters of Irish Dance Music. Séamus Ennis (pipes).
197315#1
[WC 2] Willie Clancy. The Pipering of Willie Clancy. Volume 1. Willie Clancy (pipes, whistle).
~197717#2
[SE 4] Séamus Ennis. Forty Years of Irish Piping. Seamus Ennis (pipes except where whistle or vocals noted). For this tune: (C# pipes).
~1991A.2#1
[MotS 1] Monks of the Screw. Bráithre an Óil. Timmy O Connor (accordion), Paudy Scully (flute), John Drew (mandocello), Tim Browne (bouzouki).
~199112#1
[TKn] Tommy Keane. The Piper's Apron. Tommy Keane (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes).
~19954#1
[MMR 1] Mike and Mary Rafferty. The Dangerous Reel. Mike Rafferty (flute, whistle, pipes), Mary Rafferty (accordion, flute, whistle).
~199513#2
[PCny] Paddy Canny. Traditional Music from the Legendary East Clare Fiddler. Paddy Canny (fiddle).
~199814#1
[LN 2] Laurence Nugent. Two for Two. Laurence Nugent (flute, whistle). For this tune: (flute).
~20027#1
[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: Ronan Browne (Bb flute), Peter O'Loughlin (fiddle), Maeve Donnelly (viola).
~20042#2
[JCnly 3] Johnny Connolly. An Mileoidean Scaoilte. Johnny Connolly (melodeon).
201011#1
[SHtn 1] Shannon Heaton. The Blue Dress. Shannon Heaton (flute).
~20102#1
[JMcSh 1] John McSherry. Soma. John McSherry (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Pipe on the Hob
SE 4
Old Tipperary
PCny
Brendan Tonra's
JCnly 3
Played beforeOn Albums
When the Cock Crows It Is Day
IDM 2
Sixpenny Money
SE 4
Gander in the Pratie Hole
MotS 1
Sergeant Early's
TKn
Cat in the Corner
MMR 1
Courtown Harbour
LN 2
Fraher's
RBPOL 2
Humors of Castlecomer
SHtn 1

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 #6 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
As tune #103 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
As jig #29 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
As tune #229 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [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): 1949