The Trip To Athlone jig

Also known as A Trip To Athlone, Gearrchaile Bhaile Uí BhFiacháin, The Newport Lass, Newport Lasses, The Newport Lasses, O’Brien’s Fancy, The Trip To Athlone.

There are 73 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Hag With The Money (lots of times), Tripping Up The Stairs (a few times), The Castlebar Races (a few times), The Humours Of Drinagh (a few times) and Banish Misfortune (a few times).

The Trip To Athlone has been added to 20 tune sets.

The Trip To Athlone has been added to 405 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Trip To Athlone
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:ABA D2d|{e}dcA AGF|ABG ABc|dAB =cde|
ABA D2d|{e}dcA AGF|GFG Ade|1 fdc d2d:|2 fdc d2e||
|:fed edc|Adc Ade|fed efg|AB=c def|
~g3 age|{a}ed=c AGF|~G3 Ade|1 fdc d2e:|2 fdc d2d||
X: 2
T: The Trip To Athlone
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
ABA DED|dcA AGE|ABA ABc|dAB cde|
ABA ~D3|dcA AGE|GFG Ade|1 fdc d2c:|2 fdc d2e||
|:f2d edc|Add cde|fed edc|ABc def|
~g3 age|dcA AGE|GFG Ade|1 fdc d2e:|2 fdc d2c||
X: 3
T: The Trip To Athlone
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|ABA D2 d|dcA AGE|ABA ABc|dA/A/B cde|
|ABA DED|dcA AGE|GE/F/G Ade|{a}fdc d2c|
|ABA Dd/d/d|dcA AGE|ABA AB/B/c|dAB cde|
|ABA D2 d|dcA AGE|~G3 Ade|f/e/dc d2 e||
|{a}fed edc|A2 d cde|fed edc|ABc def|
|ge/f/g age|dcA AGE|GFG Ade|fdc d2e|
|fed edc|Add cde|{a}fed edc|ABc def|
|~g3 age|dcA AGE|GE/F/G Ade|fdc d2c||
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Six comments

A well-known session tune, listed in many compilations. If you look at the various versions it’s obvious that the c’s are a variable feast - sometimes natural, sometimes sharp. This version submitted has a mixolydian feel to it, but the version in Henrik Norbeck’s compilation (listed below) uses c#’s all the way.

ABA DED|dcA AGE|ABA ABc|dAB cde|
ABA ~D3|dcA AGE|GFG Ade|1 fdc d2c:|2 fdc d2e||
|:f2d edc|Add cde|fed edc|ABc def|
~g3 age|dcA AGE|GFG Ade|1 fdc d2e:|2 fdc d2c||

Another name for this tune is The Newport Lass.

trevor

I’m with Norbert on this one

Norbert’s setting is closer to what is normally played in sessions.
i.e with all c#’s. Notice also in Norbert’s setting the E (not f#) in bars 2,6 and 14.

Zina and her entourage play this one, which is how I picked it up last month while on a visit to Colorado. Some nice opportunities for chromatic triplets:

K: D
|ABA D2 d|dcA AGE|ABA ABc|dA/A/B cde|
|ABA DED|dcA AGE|GE/F/G Ade|{a}fdc d2c|
|ABA Dd/d/d|dcA AGE|ABA AB/B/c|dAB cde|
|ABA D2 d|dcA AGE|~G3 Ade|f/e/dc d2 e||
|{a}fed edc|A2 d cde|fed edc|ABc def|
|ge/f/g age|dcA AGE|GFG Ade|fdc d2e|
|fed edc|Add cde|{a}fed edc|ABc def|
|~g3 age|dcA AGE|GE/F/G Ade|fdc d2c||

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