Dispute at the Crossroads (The)

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DISPUTE AT THE CROSSROADS, THE (An tAighneas ag an gCrosbhóthar). AKA and see "Dr. Gilbert's." Irish, Reel. E Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Breathnach): AA'BB' (Feldman & O'Doherty). According to Feldman (1979) the title comes from Donegal fiddler John Doherty, derived from his uncle, Mickey McConnell, who was playing the melody while walking home after a dance. McConnell was inebriated and had been stopped by the local constables, which led to an argument. McConnell was the brother of Doherty's mother, singer Mary McConnell, and was, along with another brother named Alec, a locally renowned fiddler and fiddle-maker. According to Caoimhin Mac Aoidh, Doherty also called it "Loughros Point Reel," a name that had associations with Anthony Helferty who was from that area. The tune is a version of the tune that is perhaps better known as "Doctor/Dr. Gilbert," a signature tune of Sligo fiddler Michael Coleman's (recorded in 1929). However, while clearly related, the reels are not interchangeable in session playing, and Doherety's version differs from "Dr. Gilbert" in the first ('A') strain. Coleman's "Dr. Gilbert" was known in Co. Sligo at the turn of the 20th century, according to the testimony of his brother, and it is not known how the tune came to County Donegal. As Caldwell says, "There are no other similar A part settings to Doherty's, leaving us to conclude that the arrangement is either his, or that it was passed down from inside the family"Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; refs with no name must have content.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - fiddler John Doherty (1805-1980, Co. Donegal, Ireland) [Breathnach, Feldman & O'Doherty].

Printed sources : - Breathnach (CRÉ II), 1976; No. 228, p. 119. Feldman & O'Doherty (The Northern Fiddler), 1979; p. 67.

Recorded sources: -Shanachie 79093, Paddy Glackin & Robbie Hannan - "The Whirlwind" (1995. Set in D Major, derived from the playing of John Doherty).

See also listings at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index [1]
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [2]
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [3]
See Conor Caldwell's transcription of John Doherty's entire performance of the tune for his doctoral thesis "'Did you hear about the poor aul travelling fiddler': The Life and Music of John Doherty" (2013, pp. 473-475) [4]

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