Sunday, April 03, 2016

road to lisdoonvarna

Road to Lisdoonvarna/Swallowtail Jig/Tripping Up the Stairs. Sykes Concert at Dartmouth College Apr. 2009. Clara Chew, Flute; Sophie Hood, Fiddle; and David Sicilia, Accordion

Jam Tunes & Resources, Colorado Dulcimer Festival Road to Lisdoonvarna / Bonnie Carroll

For an authoritative, but rather cranky, discussion by trad Irish authenticity police of whether it is a whether it is a slide (in 12/8 time) or a jig (6/8), go to the Session website at Discussion group member PHantom Button says, "Part of the problem with this tune, (here in the out-back of ITM that is,) is that it was used widely as a beginner tune, over played by a million screeching tin whistles, and dragged through sessions by novices adnauseam. It’s actually a very lovely and danceable slide that suffers from guilt by association." ROAD TO LISDOONVARNA [1]. Irish, Slide or Single Jig. E Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Silberberg): AABB (most versions). The melody appears in both single jig and single reel versions (see “Road to Lisdoonvarna” [2]). It was popularized in the United States by Grey Larsen & Malcolm Dalglish, who paired the tune with the similar “O’Keeffe’s Slide [1].” Sources for notated versions: Chieftains (Ireland) [Brody]; Laurie Andres [Silberberg]. Lisdoonvarna, County Clare, was formerly a spa town where Victorian society partook of the mineral waters that were thought to have healing properties. It is located north and inland of the famous coastline Cliffs of Moher, in the rocky region called the Burren. The town is more famous now-a-days, particularly for tourists, as the location of an annual match-making festival.

Mark Gilston - The Road to Lisdoonvarna on mountain dulcimer

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