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LAKES OF SLIGO, THE. AKA and see "Lass o' Gowrie (1)," "Loch Erroch Side," "Loch Ericht Side," "I'm O'er Young to Marry Yet (3)," "Over the Hills to Glory," "Rocky Road to Dublin (4)" (Pa.), "Tom Billy's Polka (2)." Irish, March or Polka (2/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Sligo is noted for its many picturesque lakes, including Lough Allen, Lough Key, Lough Gara. Lough Gill and Lough Arrow. The tune is related to "Lass o' Gowrie (1)," "Over the Hills to Glory," "I'm O'er Young to Marry Yet (3)," and the strathspey "Loch Erroch Side," according to Bayard (1981) who believes they were all descended from one air. The title "Lakes of Sligo" for the polka is derived from a song recorded in Boston in the 1950's by Connie Foley, accompanied by button accordion player Joe Derrane's trio.

Source for notated version: concertina player Chris Droney [Bulmer & Sharpley].

Printed sources: The Company of Fifers and Drummers, '76, 1974; p. 11 and p. 30 (2nd part). Black (Music's the Very Best Thing), 1996; No. 248, p. 132. Bulmer & Sharpley (Music from Ireland, vol. 4), 1976, No. 80. Cranitch (Irish Fiddle Book), 1988; p. 70. Mallinson (100 Irish Polkas), 1997; No. 54, p. 21. Mulvihill (1st Collection), 1986; No. 49, p. 129. O'Brien (Jerry O'Brien's Accordion Instructor), Boston, 1949. Sweet (Fifer's Delight), 1964/1981; p. 58. Tubridy (Irish Traditional Music, vol. 2), 1999; p. 8.

Recorded sources: Cló Iar Chonnachta CICD 165, John Wynne & John McEvoy – "Pride of the West" (2007). Coleman Center CD CC004, Seamus Quinn & James McDonagh – "The Mountain Road" (1999. Various artists. "A Compilation of tunes popular in South Sligo"). Dublin Records, "The Fabulous Kilfenora Ceili Band" (2004. Originally recorded 1959). Lough Records LOUGH009CD, Boys of the Lough – "Twenty" (2005).

See also listings at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Alan Ng's [2]
Hear the tune played by Jimmy Doyle at the Comhaltas Archive [3] (2nd tune in set, following "Dan Leary's")

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