It’s A Hard Road To Travel reel

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

It's A Hard Road To Travel has been added to 5 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: It's A Hard Road To Travel
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
af|gfed BG ~G2|DGBG DGBd|gfed BABd|eBdB A2 af|
gfed BG ~G2|DGBG DG B/c/d|gfed BG B/c/d|eBdB A2 fg|
a2ba g2fg|a2ba ged2|ea~a2 gaba|gedB A2 fg|
a2ba ~g3b|agef gede|a3a b2ba|gedB A2||

Four comments

Another one of Mick Hoy’s tunes absorbed from the playing of either Rev. Gary Hastings or Fr. Seamus Quinn. This version doesn’t differ much from Fr. Seamus’ recording of the tune on "Hidden Fermanagh Vol. 2" where it is paired with "The Boys of 25", which also came from Mick and can be found in the tune archives here. Seems to be a relative of "The Flowers of the Red Mill" which fluter John McKenna recorded way back when.

A case of not hearing the tune for transcribing the notes, I suppose. The two tunes are closer than I first thought, though not close to my playing of "The Flowers" which was a bit of a reconstruction of the tune remembered imperfectly from fluter Desi Wilkinson on the radio.