Hard Road to Passage (The)
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HARD ROAD TO PASSAGE, THE. Irish, Jig. D Major/Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. A modern tune by researcher, editor and uilleann piper Terry Moylan, commemorating an intended hitchhiking journey with Tom Munnelly from Ballymacaw to Passage East, Co. Waterford (about 10 miles). They were not in luck and ended up walking both there and back, with Moylan vowing that if he ever composed a tune he would call it "The Hard Road to Passage" (Donnelly, An Píobaire, p. 19).
Source for notated version: set dance music recorded live at Na Píobairí Uilleann, in the 1980's [Taylor].
Donnelly, An Píobaire, vol. 3, no. 14, April, 1993; p. 19.
Taylor (Music for the Sets: Yellow Book), 1995; p. 17.