Sheet Music: Rocky Road to Dublin

TitleRocky Road to Dublin
Alternate titlesBlack Burke
Black Rock
An Bairille
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyA minor
Time signature9/8
Tempo132 BPM
Performance time0:35
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2010-11-26
Last updated2010-11-26
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Celtic Music, Jigs, Traditional/Folk


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Friday 26 November 2010

Tune of the Day: Rocky Road to Dublin

Traditional Irish slip jig

“Rocky Road to Dublin" is a fast-paced 19th-century Irish song about a man's experiences as he travels to Liverpool, England from his home in Tuam. The tune has a typical Irish rhythm, classified as a slip jig, in 9/8 time.

The song is partially recited several times by Mr. Deasy in James Joyce's Ulysses. It is an old favorite of the famous folk band The Dubliners; you may have heard their version in the 2009 film Sherlock Holmes, where it is used as a fighting scene playback and as an end-credits playback.

Thanks to Tianna for suggesting this tune!