From the recording One For the Road

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Mark Clavey: guitar
Mary Hanover: hammered dulcimer
Rachel Bowerman: bodhrán
Tara McCullough: fiddle

One of the (admittedly) few bona fide 'tune-sets' we have under our belts. "Road to Lios Dhuin Bharna (Lisdoonvarna)" is a traditional Irish slide, popularized by Grey Larsen and Malcolm Dalglish on their 1977 recording "Banish Misfortune". The celebrated road was surely a well-worn one as the village in the west of County Clare has a two hundred year tradition of people making a pilgrimage there - either to partake in the mineral springs the town's spas are famous for, or to find a match for their son or daughter at the annual fall matchmaking festivals. "Morrison's Jig" is a popular traditional jig named after Sligo-born, Irish-American fiddler James Morrison, who recorded it in the 1930's. Morrison learned the tune from County Kerry accordion-player/bandmate, Tom Carmody, who knew it as "The Stick Across the Hob", and learned it, in turn, from his father, Maurice.