The Road To Durham jig

By Armin Barnet

Also known as The Ride To Durham.

There are 7 recordings of this tune.

The Road To Durham appears in 2 other tune collections.

The Road To Durham has been added to 7 tune sets.

The Road To Durham has been added to 117 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Road To Durham
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
F2A ABc|ded B3|~G3 ~B3|AGA E2D|
[2A2D ABc|.d2d AGE|DED F2A|GEA D2A:|

Eight comments

Source: Altan_Horse With A Heart
Transcription: g.m.p.

(Would be surprised if it’s got anything to do with Durham, UK…)

So would I have been. I looked it up on the Fiddler’s Companion and got this: “Composed by Seattle fiddler Armin Barnet and David Molk on the way to the Irish Arts Week in Durham, New York, the original title being “The Ride to Durham.”

Question about the tune history

This sounds like a great story. But, I think the Arts Week started in 1995, and Horse with a Heart was released in 1989. No doubt that Armin Barnet and David Molk are credited with the composition, but I don’t know know how they could be heading to the Irish Arts Week years before it started.

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About the tune history

Several events are held up at the Michael J Quill in East Durham NY - I know of 3 -

There’s an “Annual East Durham Irish Festival” since 1977 according to their website. This is a series of concerts by various bands, in the spring.

The East Durham feis has been running in the summer for 20 years which puts its start in about 1989.

Irish Arts week itself (the week long summer camp) is 15 yrs. now.

The titles are confusing - “East Durham Irish Arts Week” is also called “Catskills Irish Arts Week” and is in July. The final Saturday of the arts week is the “Traditional Music Festival” (now named after Andy McGann) which is not the same as the “East Durham Irish Festival”.

btw, East Durham, NY is a hamlet near, if not part of, Durham, NY. Also called the “Irish Catskills” - the Catskill mountains have been famed as a resort for many many years. (see the film Dirty Dancing for an idea of it.)

Thats all I have found on this myself. So, it is possible that Barnett and Molk could have been headed for the concerts or the feis back then, just not to the summer camp. - Lesl

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Re: The Road To Durham

Great minds..