The Road to Lisdoonvarna

Slide, E Dorian, Traditional Irish

The Road to Lisdoonvarna. Traditional Irish Slide. TrailJams Tune of the Week. Play it together April 30, 2023. Illustration copyright 2023, Jonathan Lay.

The Road to Lisdoonvarna, a traditional Irish slide, is a favorite among session tunes. The village of Lisdoonvarna is in north County Clare, and the road, Ireland’s N67, also runs through Oranmore, Milltown Malbay, Galway, Ennistymon and Ballyvaughan.


Sheet Music

As always for traditional tunes, the musical notation and chords do not indicate the “right” way to play the tune, but are a useful reference.

Sheet music and chords for The Road to Lisdoonvarna, traditional Irish slide in E Dorian. Arrangement by Jonathan Lay.
Play from the Dots
Slow tempo 90bpm
Moderate tempo 120bpm


Examples of sets that include this tune.

References and Resources

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