The Dusty Road reel

The Dusty Road has been added to 9 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Dusty Road
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dc | BG (3GFG DG (3GFG |BGBd edcB | cA (3AGA EA (3AGA | cAce fedc |
BG (3GFG DG (3GFG | BGBd e2 cd | ecdB cBAG |1 FGAF G2 dc :
2 FGAF G2 ef |gd (3dcd Gd (3dcd | gdga bagf | ea (3aga ea (3aga | fgag fdef |
gd (3dcd Gd (3dcd | BGBd e2 cd | ecdB cBAG |1 FGAF G2 ef :2 FGAF G2 z2 ||

Two comments

The Dusty Road

About 3 years ago, when I was working as a carpenter, a fellow named Mike O’Leary who hailed from Cork whistled this tune at a job site. I asked him to repeat it a few times and wrote it down on a scrap of 2x4 with a carpenter’s pencil. He said it was called "The Dusty Road" and that it had been popular "back home", and that was all the detail he had to give.

It’s worth mentioning that when he whistled it, he put strikes on the first note of every triplet, and gave it a lilt that was almost, but not quite, the dotted feel that some hornpipes have. His whistling was remarkably in tune, too!

This one O’Leary had obviously a nice way with tunes. And it’s a nice story.
Unfortunately, the tune itself is one of these predictable heavy duty Ceili-Dancing numbers you seldom hear but on a giant piano accordion… From Dust to dust…
No regrets, RIP.