Tobin’s Fav/Tar Road To Sligo
This one goes nicely before "The Tar Road To Sligo"
This one goes with Father O’Flynn’s as well.It’s easy to mix them if one is not paying attention. ;-)
F|DFA dcd|ecA cde|fdf gfg|ecA GFE|
i play the second measure of t hat |ecA efa| , which is what my grandma taught me. the rest of its the same except for every time that second measure pops up in the tune.
Also widely played as:
T: Tobin’s Favourite
|:DFA dcd|ecA efg|~f3 gfg|ecA GFE|
|DFA dB/c/d|ecA efg|faf gec|1 edc d2 A:|2 edc d2 e||
|:~f3 fga|efg efg|~f3 ~g3|ecA GFE|
|DFA dcd|ecA efg|f/g/af gec|1 edc d2 e:|2 edc d2 A||
Utterly classic in the New England contra repertoire, Tobin’s was among the first three or four jigs I learned when I started back in the seventies. Among the people I learned it from, the third measure of the A part was always played with two exaggerated double-stops:
| DFA dcd | ecA cde | [fd]3 [gB]3 | ecA GFE |
and so on.
It’s jigs like that that give jigs a bad name! They give you that sort to practice on when you begin. But unfortunately they stick with you ever after!
Nice version of this on the khaen, of all things!
Michael Sextons CD
In Michael sextons CD, this tune is written in as Gus Tierney’s but is actually Old Man Dillon and not Tobins Favourite
The G major version comes from Scottish band Dòchas, transcribed from memory. It can be played on the small pipes in the key of D.
A tin whistle version here
Tobin’s Favourite, X:6
Not different by much but it’s how I’ve been playing it.
Tobin’s Favourite, X:7
Taken from ‘A Fine Selection of Over 200 Irish Traditional Tunes for Sessions’, compiled by David Speers with a Forward by Matt Cranitch. The start of the B part is a little different to the other settings here.
Tobin’s Favourite, X:8
A straight & simple version without ornament.