Tar road to Sligo
This tune was made famous by The Bothy Band, and is a great tune for finishing a set of jigs. Some tunes are only siuted to one instrument, but this sounds great on any instrument and has great "drive".
It is also known as "Coleman’s", after fiddler Michael Coleman, who made it famous through his 78rpm recordings made in America.
Tar Road to Sligo
Joanie Madden plays this tune in a set with ‘The Legacy Jig’, to find on the CD "Pure Bodhran". It’s vibrant- you feel like playing and dancing immediately. Try it!
I found it on a Ceili CD under the name "Green Fields of Ardkiernan".
An Bóthar Tarra Go Sligeach
T:An Bóthar Tarra Go Sligeach
S:Each Other’s Shadow by Flaithrí And Eoghan
Z:gian marco pieteasanta
f2B Bcd|ecA BAG|F2A ABc|dcd efg|
f2B Bcd|ecA BAG|FGA A2g|1fdc d2e:|2fdc d2B||
A2f A2f|gfg efg|afd dcd|Bed cBA|
1A2f A2f|gfg efg|afd bge|edc dcB:|
2fdA geg|~a3 bge|~a3 bge|edc d3:|
Larry O’Gaff / The Tar Road to Sligo
The two jigs played by John Kelly and John McEvoy on fiddles, Mick Crehan and Mick Hand on flutes, and Jacinta McEvoy on piano: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHQqjA-proA
The flute player sitting next to John Kelly is actually Mick Gavin, not Mick Crehan. Thanks Kenny for correcting me.
A tin whistle version here
X: 3 "The Tar Road To Sligo"
"Call the Set III"
The Tar Road To Sligo, X:4
Taken from ‘A Fine Selection of Over 200 Irish Traditional Tunes for Sessions’, compiled by David Speers with a Forward by Matt Cranitch. This version is like the whistle recording posted by Slainte. I love the way the first part of the A tune centres around B minor then resolves to D major.
The Tar Road To Sligo, X:5
I find the start of each part easier to play this way.