The Trip To Sligo jig

Also known as The (Old) Lark In The Morning, Morrison’s No. 2, The Old Lark In The Morning, Up Sligo, Up Sligo!, When I Parted.

There are 53 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Trip To Sligo has been added to 424 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Trip To Sligo
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|: E2e BGE | D2d AFD | E2e BGE | BAG e2f |
gfe dcB | ABG FED | EFG ABC | BGF E3 :|
|: eBe gfe | dAd gag | eBe gfe | faf gbg |
faf gfe | dcB AGF | EFG ABc | BGF E3 :|
ABC
X: 2
T: The Trip To Sligo
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
B|E2c BGE|D2d AFD|~E3 BAF|GFE e2f|
gfe d^cB|AdF FED|EFG ABc|BGE E2:|B|
eBA gfe|dAd fed|eBe gfe|f/2g/2af gfe|
f/2g/2af gfe|d>^cd AFD|EFG ABc|BGE E2:|
ABC
X: 3
T: The Trip To Sligo
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|E2B BGE|D2d AFD|E2B BGE|GF Ee2f|!
gfe dcB|AFd AFD|E2B BGB|AGFE2:|!
|:B|eBe gbe|fdf fgf|eBe gbe|
faf gfe|eBe gbe|d^cd AFD|EFG ABc|BG FE2:|]
ABC
X: 4
T: The Trip To Sligo
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|: B, |[B,2E2] c BGE | D2 d AFD | [B,2E2] c BAF | GFE e2 e/f/ |
gfe dcB | A/B/AG FED | EFG ABc | BGF E2 :|
|: B |eBe g<be | dAd f<af | eBe g<be | f<af g<be |
f<af gfe | d{e/d/}cd AFD | EFG ABc | BGF E2 :|
ABC
X: 5
T: The Trip To Sligo
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|: B, |E2 c BGE | D2 d AFD | E3 BAF | GFE e2 f |
gfe dcB | BAG FED | EFG ABc | BGF E2 :|
|: B |eBe gbe | {d/e/}d>cd faf | eBe gbe | faf gbe |
faf gfe | {d/e/}d>cd AFD | EFG ABc | BGF E2 :|
ABC

Twelve comments

There’s another name for this tune. I believe the word "lark" is somewhere in the title. I learned it about 20 years ago from a book that has disappeared from my shelves.

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I usually hear this tune paired with "Tell Her I Am".

The reason why necox believs this tune has another name with "lark" in it, is probably that the Dubliners recorded the song "Lark In the Morning" (no connection to the tune with the same name) and incorporated this tune as intro and middle part. Though they played it C Major

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Sorry, they played in D minor. I got confused because I use the C whistle on this one

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The Old Lark in the Morning (The Trip to Sligo)

T:Old Lark in the Morning, The (The Trip to Sligo)
M:6/8
L:1/8
S:Jimmy Power : Irish Fiddle player
R:jig
Z:GianMarcoPietrasanta
K:EMin
B|E2c BGE|D2d AFD|~E3 BAF|GFE e2f|
gfe d^cB|AdF FED|EFG ABc|BGE E2:|B|
eBA gfe|dAd fed|eBe gfe|f/2g/2af gfe|
f/2g/2af gfe|d>^cd AFD|EFG ABc|BGE E2:|

Gorman recording

There’s a nice solo recording of this on Michael Gorman The Sligo Champion (Topic records)

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Trip to Sligo

I usually play this tune after a waltz -Munster Cloak. (G major). You can fall into a slow version and speed up the next round if you want.

When I Parted

I’ve heard a version of this under the name "When I Parted" from the Boat BAnd (It’s one of a set of jigs on their Trip to the Lakes CD).
A quick web search shows it appearing in an 1847 Lancashire manuscript, and a Lake District 1835 one.
I wonder where else it’s various travels have taken this tune?

Here’s a transcription of the Boat Band version:
X:1
T:When I Parted.
C:Transcribed from "Trip to the Lakes" CD The Boat Band
M:6/8
L:1/8
Q:120
R:Jig
O:England
A:Lakes
K:G
D|E2B BGE|D2d AFD|E2B BGE|GF Ee2f|!
gfe dcB|AFd AFD|E2B BGB|AGFE2:|!
|:B|eBe gbe|fdf fgf|eBe gbe|
faf gfe|eBe gbe|d^cd AFD|EFG ABc|BG FE2:|]

The Lark in the Morning version is in O’Neill’s but differs in using some strong C naturals in the first part and some small differences to the second part.
see http://www.thesession.org/tunes/8506

Trip to Sligo

It’s also in "Waifs and Strays" as "The Lark in the Morning", and it is annotated:

"James Carbray, Quebec Canada. Mr. Carbray now of Chicago, a versatile musician himself, learned "The Lark in the Morning" from a Kerry fiddler named Courtney. It is an old time Set Dance of marked rhythm and originality, and was first printed in "O’Neill’s Music of Ireland, Chicago, 1902".

“The Lark in the Morning” ~ O’Neill’s “Waifs and Strays”

X: 4
T: Lark in the Morning, The
B: O’Neill’s "Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody", 1922, page75, tune #124
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Emin
|: B, |\
[B,2E2] c BGE | D2 d AFD | [B,2E2] c BAF | GFE e2 e/f/ |
gfe dcB | A/B/AG FED | EFG ABc | BGF E2 :|
|: B |\
eBe g<be | dAd f<af | eBe g<be | f<af g<be |
f<af gfe | d{e/d/}cd AFD | EFG ABc | BGF E2 :|

X: 5 “The (Old) Lark In The Morning”

S: "Michael Gorman: The Sligo Champion", 2nd CD, track 16, 2nd tune

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