The Road To Lisdoonvarna reel

Also known as All The Way To Galway, All The Ways To Galway, Flash Away The Pressing Gang, Road To Listonvarna.

There are 61 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Swallowtail (a few times), Cooley’s (a few times), O’Keefe’s (a few times), Dennis Murphy’s (a few times) and Michael Gorman’s (a few times).

The Road To Lisdoonvarna has been added to 34 tune sets.

The Road To Lisdoonvarna has been added to 583 tunebooks.

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Nine settings

X: 1
T: The Road To Lisdoonvarna
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
C|DAAG ABcA|GE~E2cEGE|DAAG ABcA|BcAG FDD:|
A|defd cAAc|BGGB cAA2|defd cAAc|BcAG FDD:|
X: 2
T: The Road To Lisdoonvarna
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
d>e fd|cA A>c|BG GA/B/|cA A2|d>e fd|cA Ac|BG AF|D2 D2:|
|:A>B AG|AB c2|G>A GF|EF GE|A>B AG|AB cA|BG AF|D2 D2:|
defd cAAc|BGGB cAAc|defd cAAc|BGAF D2D2:|
|:ABAG ABcA|GAGF EFGE|ABAG ABcA|BGAF D2D2:|
X: 3
T: The Road To Lisdoonvarna
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
DA A/A/A ABcA|GE E/E/E cEGE|DA A/A/A ABcA|GBAG FDDE|
DA A/A/A ABcA|GE E/E/E cEGE|DA A/A/A ABcA|GBAG FDDA||
defd cA A/A/A|BG G/G/G cA A/A/A|defd cAAF|GBAG FDDA|
defd cA A/A/A|BG G/G/G cA A/A/A|defd cAAF|GBAG FGEF||
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X: 4
T: The Road To Lisdoonvarna
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
DAAG ABcA|G2AG EFGE|DAAG ABcA|~B2AG FDD2| D2AG ABcA|GcAG EFGE|D2AG ABcA|BdAG FDD2|
defd c~A3|B2GB c~A3|defd c~A3|~B2AG FDD2| defd c~A3|BDGB cAA2|defd ~c3|BdAG FDD2|
X: 5
T: The Road To Lisdoonvarna
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
DAAG ABcA|G2AG EFGE|DAAG ABcA|~B2AG FDD2| D2AG ABcA|GcAG EFGE|D2AG ABcA|BdAG FDD2|
defd c~A3|B2GB c~A3|defd c~A3|~B2AG FDD2| defd c~A3|BDGB cAA2|defd c~A3|BdAG FDD2|
X: 6
T: The Road To Lisdoonvarna
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
E2B B2A B2c d2A|F2A ABA D2E FED|E2B B2A B2c d3|cdc B2A B2E E3:||
e2f gfe d2B Bcd|c2A ABc d2B B3|e2f gfe d2B Bcd|cdc B2A B2E E3:||
EBBA BcdB|AFF2 dFAF|EBBA BcdB|cdBA GEEd:||
efge dBBd|cAAc dBB2|efge dBBd|cdBA GEE:||
X: 7
T: The Road To Lisdoonvarna
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:DAAG ABcA|GE(3EEE cAGE|
DAAG ABcA|1 BcAG FGEF:|2 BcAG FDDd|
|:defd ^cAAc|BGBd ^cAAd|
defd ^cAAc|1 BdAG FDD2:|2 BdAG FGEF|
X: 8
T: The Road To Lisdoonvarna
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|: DzAG ABcA | GEEE cEGE | DzAG ABcA |1 B/^c/dAG FFEF :|2 B/^c/dAG FDFA ||
|: dzfd ^cAAA | BGGG B/^c/dec | dfed ^cAAA | BzAG FDFA |
d3e ^cAAA | BGGG ^cdec | dzed ^cAAA | B/^c/dAG FGEF ||
# Added by bdh .
X: 9
T: The Road To Lisdoonvarna
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|DAAD ABcA|GE E2 cEGA|DAAD ABcA|BcAG FDDA|
DAAD ABcA|GEcE dEcE|DAAD ABcA|BcAG FD D2||
|(3Bcd ed ^cA A2|BGGB ^cA A2|(3Bcd ed ^cAA^c|BcAG FD D2|
(3Bcd ed ^cA A2|BGGB ^cA A2|defd ^cAA^c|BcAG FD D2||
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Nineteen comments

This is how i know this tune

This is the reel version that i’ve heard of this tune. It seems to be better known as a slide. I’ve also seen it as a straight jig, but i think it sounds strange that way.

On the Bothy Band album "Old Hag", the reel Road to Lisdoonvarna is played (part of the track called Michael Gorman’s), followed by another reel whose name I have not been able to find - any one know it?

Look it up

Simon, queries such as this can often be solved by looking up "comments" for the appropriate album in the "Recordings" section. It’s known as "Molly Ban", or "Fair-haired Molly", although I have heard it referred to as "Gorman’s", possibly being given this name as a result of the "Bothy Band " recording.

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Road To Lisdoonvarna / All The Way To Galway

This must be a very old tune because I can find many variants of it which differ in the following ways:

A) different titles (Road To Lisdoonvarna, All The Way To Galway, High Road To Galloway, Slash Away The Pressing Gang)
B) different tune genres including reel, slide, jig, march, air, fling, strathspey etc
C) parts swapped
D) different modes (Dmix, Ddor, Dmaj, Edor etc for one or both parts).

Another version that seems to be common (apart from Glauber’s posted version and the slide setting) is entitled All The Way To Galway and surfaces as either a 2/4 march (also appears in O’Neill’s) or a very flingy reel:

X: 1
T: All The Way To Galway
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: march
K: Dmix
d>e fd|cA A>c|BG GA/B/|cA A2|d>e fd|cA Ac|BG AF|D2 D2:|
|:A>B AG|AB c2|G>A GF|EF GE|A>B AG|AB cA|BG AF|D2 D2:|

X: 1
T: All The Way To Galway
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmix
defd cAAc|BGGB cAAc|defd cAAc|BGAF D2D2:|
|:ABAG ABcA|GAGF EFGE|ABAG ABcA|BGAF D2D2:|

The midi

Doesn’t have any sound!! This is frustrating for people who learn music by ear!! =)

The Midi!

Nevrmind!!! This is what I get for screwing with my audio settings! haha, it’s fine.

This fun, simple tune makes a great practice piece for learning bowed triplets on fiddle, or plucked triplets on banjo or mandolin. As follies:

X: 1
T: Road To Lisdoonvarna, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmix
DA A/A/A ABcA|GE E/E/E cEGE|DA A/A/A ABcA|GBAG FDDE|
DA A/A/A ABcA|GE E/E/E cEGE|DA A/A/A ABcA|GBAG FDDA||
defd cA A/A/A|BG G/G/G cA A/A/A|defd cAAF|GBAG FDDA|
defd cA A/A/A|BG G/G/G cA A/A/A|defd cAAF|GBAG FGEF||

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Road to Lisdoonvarna combines really well with the Morris Dance (or at least, that’s one of its names - it’s very similar to Mountain Madness, but then it’s different too).

Tinker’s Wife

Learnt this from Catherine McEvoy at Miltown: she called it the Tinker’s Wife and that they usually play it in a set with Mick Hand’s. Her version was a little different than here:
DAAG ABcA|G2AG EFGE|DAAG ABcA|~B2AG FDD2| D2AG ABcA|GcAG EFGE|D2AG ABcA|BdAG FDD2|
defd c~A3|B2GB c~A3|defd c~A3|~B2AG FDD2| defd c~A3|BDGB cAA2|defd ~c3|BdAG FDD2|

played as single reel

Oops

that should read:
DAAG ABcA|G2AG EFGE|DAAG ABcA|~B2AG FDD2| D2AG ABcA|GcAG EFGE|D2AG ABcA|BdAG FDD2|
defd c~A3|B2GB c~A3|defd c~A3|~B2AG FDD2| defd c~A3|BDGB cAA2|defd c~A3|BdAG FDD2|

This tune is titled "Flash Away the Pressing Gang" on Solas’ second album.

Rd ro Lisdoonvarna(reel)

On the Chieftains (3) album, they go from the reel to the slip jig.

I seem to know it as a Highland Strathspey type tune

All the way to galway jacobite song

I understand there’s an early eighteenth-century Jacobite song called ‘All The Way To Galway’ set to the O’Neill version of the tune. Can anybody provide me with the text, and maybe provide a bit of historical context? Thanks

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https://thesession.org/tunes/249
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The ‘collusion’ below shows how like eachother the reel and slide versions of the Road to Lisdoonvarna are once you play them in the same key:

X: 1
T: The Road To Lisdoonvarna
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
R: reel
K:Edor
E2B B2A B2c d2A|F2A ABA D2E FED|E2B B2A B2c d3|cdc B2A B2E E3:||
e2f gfe d2B Bcd|c2A ABc d2B B3|e2f gfe d2B Bcd|cdc B2A B2E E3:||
M: 4/4
EBBA BcdB|AFF2 dFAF|EBBA BcdB|cdBA GEEd:||
efge dBBd|cAAc dBB2|efge dBBd|cdBA GEE:||

Note how the D/reel version can be transposed to Edor because the major 3rd in it takes to the ‘minor’ change well while the E/slide version Can NOT be transposed to D because 1)its minor 3rd falls on a down beat and does not suffer this ‘major’change & 2)the original D’s below E can’t be played at all as C’s on the usual tin whistle range.

I learned this tune from Paddy O’Brien, with some slight differences, like this:


X: 1
T:Road To Lisdoonvarna, The
S: Paddy O’Brien
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmix
|:DAAG ABcA|GE(3EEE cAGE|
DAAG ABcA|1 BcAG FGEF:|2 BcAG FDDd|
|:defd ^cAAc|BGBd ^cAAd|
defd ^cAAc|1 BdAG FDD2:|2 BdAG FGEF|

Shannon Heaton variation

Here’s how Shannon Heaton plays the tune on *The Blue Dress*:

R: reel
K: Dmix
|: DzAG ABcA | GEEE cEGE | DzAG ABcA |1 B/^c/dAG FFEF :|2 B/^c/dAG FDFA ||
|: dzfd ^cAAA | BGGG B/^c/dec | dfed ^cAAA | BzAG FDFA |
d3e ^cAAA | BGGG ^cdec | dzed ^cAAA | B/^c/dAG FGEF ||

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