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Tune ID#543 (Drag Her around the Road)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Drag Her around 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 MBP (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABE Minor
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Drag Her around the Road / Drag Her 'round the Road / Drag Her round the Road / Drag Her round the Roads / Drag Her Across the Road / Throw It Across the Road / Tarraing Trasna an Bhóthair Í / Tarraing thar Timpeall an Bhóthair í / Throw It Across / The Pullet / An Eireog / The Pullet and the Cock / The Pullet and Cock / The Shores of Lough Graney / Shores of Lough Graney / Andy McGann's #42 Bunratty Reel / Andy McGann's No. 42 Bunratty / Bonrady Reel / Burke's Reel / Kiss in the Furze No. 2 (2nd in set Bertha's Goat on 4MD 2; 2nd in set Rayleen's Reel on CTL 5; 4th in set Drag Her Round the Road on Drv 3 and Drv 4; 2nd in set The Clooney Connection on KCB 5; 1st in set Tie the Bonnet on Lu 5; as Gan Ainm on RogRd; 3rd in set The Cat's Miaow on SGMM; 2nd in Commonalty Set on Trpsw) (fairly wide range of settings included here; also doubled; also in B Minor or F# Minor) (compare distantly John Egan's Reel #5808)
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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).
197714#2
[MBP] Matt Molloy, Paul Brady, Tommy Peoples. Matt Molloy. Paul Brady. Tommy Peoples. Matt Molloy (flute), Paul Brady (guitar, vocals), Tommy Peoples (fiddle).
~19772#1
[AM] Andy McGann and Paul Brady. It's A Hard Road to Travel. Andy McGann (fiddle), Paul Brady (guitar).
~1977B.3#1
[CronBrk] Johnny Cronin and Joe "Banjo" Burke. Cronin and Burke. Johnny Cronin (fiddle), Joe "Banjo" Burke (banjo).
197821#2
[KKgn] Kevin Keegan. The Music of Kevin Keegan. Kevin Keegan (accordion).
~19934#2
[4MD 2] Four Men and a Dog. Shifting Gravel. Cathal Hayden (fiddle, banjo), Gino Lupari (percussion, vocals), Kevin Doherty (guitar, vocals), Arty McGlynn (guitar), Conor Keane (accordion), Gerry O'Connor (banjo, fiddle).
19941.1#1
[BPower] Brendan Power. New Irish Harmonica. Brendan Power (harmonica).
~199625#1
[CmA 1] The Coleman Archive Vol. 1: The Living Tradition. Thomas Bernard Ryan (flute).
~19967#4
[Drv 3] Dervish. At the End of the Day. Cathy Jordan (vocals, bodhrán, bones), Shane Mc Aleer (fiddle), Liam Kelly (flute, whistle, vocals), Shane Mitchell (accordion), Michael Holmes (bouzouki), Brian McDonagh (mandola, bassola, mandolin, guitar).
~199612#2
[CTL 5] Cherish the Ladies. New Day Dawning. Joanie Madden (flute, whistle, vocals), Mary Coogan (guitar, mandolin, banjo), Mary Rafferty (accordion, whistle), Donna Long (piano, fiddle, vocals), Siobhan Egan (fiddle, bodhrán, whistle), Aoife Clancy (vocals, guitar).
19972.3#4
[Drv 4] Dervish. Live in Palma. Cathy Jordan (vocals), Liam Kelly (flute), Shane McAleer (fiddle), Shane Mitchell (accordion), Brian McDonagh (mandola, guitar), Micheal Holmes (bouzouki).
19976#2
[JDr 3] Joe Derrane. The Tie that Binds. Joe Derrane (accordion). For this tune: with Seamus Egan (banjo).
~199713#2
[KCB 5] The Kilfenora Céili Band. Set on Stone. Aidan McMahon (fiddle), Anne Marie McCormack (fiddle), Anne Rynne (fiddle), Garry Shannon (flute), Anthony Quigney (flute), Conor McCarthy (accordion), John Lynch (banjo), Tim Collins (concertina), Fintan McMahon (piano), Sean Griffin (drums), Paul O'Driscoll (double bass).
~19978#2
[NaCnn 1] Na Connerys. Celtic Sessions. Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Kevin Glackin (fiddle), Sean Og Potts (pipes, whistle), John Regan (accordion), John Wynne (flute), Tom McDonagh (bouzouki), Mark Kelly (guitar).
~19972#1
[OHs 3] Kevin Burke's Open House. Hoof and Mouth. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Mark Graham (harmonica, clarinet, vocals), Paul Kotapish (guitar, mandolin), Sandy Silva (feet).
~19998#3
[CTL 7] Cherish the Ladies. At Home. Mary Coogan (guitar, banjo, mandolin), Aoife Clancy (vocals), Joanie Madden (flute, whistle, vocals), Siobhan Egan (fiddle, bodhrán), Donna Long (piano, synthesizer, fiddle, vocals), Mary Rafferty (accordion, whistle, concertina). For this tune: 1st time Paddy Rafferty (lilting), then with Mike Rafferty (flute).
200011#1
[RBys 2] Randal Bays. The Salmon's Leap. Randal Bays (fiddle, guitar). For this tune: with Joel (harmonica).
~20021#1
[PJCJC] P.J. Crotty, Carol Cullinan, James Cullinan. Happy to Meet. P.J. Crotty (flute), James Cullinan (fiddle), Carol Cullinan (piano).
200311#1
[Lu 5] Lúnasa. The Kinnitty Sessions. Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhran), Donogh Hennessy (guitar), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass), Sean Smyth (fiddle, whistle), Cillian Vallely (pipes, whistle). For this tune: Sean (fiddle), Kevin (flute).
20046#2
[RogRd] Jason O'Rourke and Ruadhraí O'Kane. Roguery Road. Jason O'Rourke (concertina), Ruadhraí O'Kane (fiddle).
200510#3
[SGMM] Shannon, Gavin, McGoldrick and Murray. Tunes. Sharon Shannon (accordion), Frankie Gavin (fiddle), Michael McGoldrick (flute, whistle), Jim Murray (guitar).
~20058#2
[CDrny 4] Chris Droney. Down from Bell Harbour. Chris Droney (concertina).
~20067#2
[Trpsw] John McSherry and Dónal O'Connor. Tripswitch. John McSherry (pipes, whistle), Dónal O'Connor (fiddle, keyboards).
20093#2
[Hmmrs] The Hammers. From Distant Shores. Paul Hammer (mandolin, banjo), Susan Hammer (whistle, concertina).
~20093#1
[MulcFam3] Mick, Louise & Michelle Mulcahy. Reelin' in Tradition. Mick Mulcahy (accordion, melodeon), Louise Mulcahy (flute, pipes), Michelle Mulcahy (concertina, fiddle, harp, piano).
~20103#1
[CYHCIt] Catherine McEvoy, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. Comb Your Hair and Curl It. Catherine McEvoy (flute), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle), Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
~20112#2
[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).
20121#2
[JKn 7] James Keane. Heir of the Dog. James Keane (accordion).

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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 #112 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
On page 21 of [SK] Sean Keane. Fifty Fiddle Solos. [available]
On page 6 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As tune #247 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [available]
As reel #16 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
As tune #84 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): 1963