Coach Road to Sligo (1) (The)
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Renowned 20th century fiddler James Morrison was born in 1893 in Drumfin on the Coach Road to Sligo, near Riverstown. The road is the main road out of Sligo town heading towards Ballina in County Mayo and is still called Mail Coach Road, a relic of the system of mail routes in Ireland established in the latter 18th century.
COACH ROAD TO SLIGO , THE (Bóthar an Chóiste go Sligeach). AKA and see "Billy Patterson," "Billy Patterson's Favorite," "Blackthorn Stick (1)," "Boys of Bockhill/Boys of Rockhill," "Catholic Boys (3)," "Eagle's Nest (The)," "Fire on the Mountain (2)," "Fire on the Mountains (2)," "Fire in the Valley," "Hare on the Mountain (The)," "Humors of Bantry," "Rose on the Mountain (1) (The)." Irish, Jig (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'B (Breathnach): AABB (Mulvihill): AABB' (DeMarco & Krassen, O'Neill). Breathnach identifies that Goodman and Joyce print the tune under the title "Boys of Rockhill," which is one of O'Neill's titles, although it also appears in O'Neill as "Humors of Bantry" and "Billy Patterson." Bayard (1981) gives it as "Catholic Boys (3)." The 'A' part shows up as the second part of "Welcome Home Royal Charlie" in County Donegal versions. Breathnach also finds it in manuscripts from Castleisland, County Kerry, and County Limerick as "Fire on the Mountain (2)" and "Fire in the Valley," respectively.