Annotation:Glen Road to Carrick (The)

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X:1 T:Glen Road to Carrick, The B:Play 50 Reels, Armagh Pipers Club 1982, Brian and Eithne Vallely R:reel Z:transcribed by Paul de Grae M:4/4 L:1/8 K:D AD (3DDD AGFG|AD (3DDD BGBd|AD (3DDD AGFA|1 GE=CE G2 Bd :|2 GE=CE G2 FE || D2 dA F2 AF|D2 dF AdAF|D2 dA F2 AF|GE=CE GBGE| D2 dA F2 AF|Ddcd A2 Bc|(3dcB cA BGAF|GE=CE G2 eg || fd (3ddd Adcd|fdfg abag|fddf Adfd|edef g2 ag| fddf Addg|fdfg abag|fddf Adfd|edef gbag || (3fgf ec dABG|FADF A2 Bc|(3dcB cA BGAF|GE=CE G2 gb| fdec dABG|FADF A2 Bc|(3dcB cA BGAF|GE=CE GABc || dD (3DDD AD (3DDD|dD (3DDD A2 Bc|dD (3DDD ADEF|GE=CE G2 Bc| dD (3DDD AD (3DDD|dD (3DDD A2 Bc|(3dcB (3cBA BGAF|GE=CE G4 ||

GLEN ROAD TO CARRICK, THE (Bóthair an Ghleanna go dtí an Charraig). AKA and see "Chorus Reel," "On the Road (2)," "On the Road from Glen to Carrick." Irish, Reel. Ireland, Donegal. D Mixolydian/Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BCDE (Armagh Pipers): ABCCDE (Breathnach): ABB'CDEE' (Feldman & O'Doherty). A popular reel in County Donegal. According to Caoimhin Mac Aoidh (1994) lore has it that Donegal fiddler John Doherty associated the naming of the tune to his uncles from the McConnell family who were traveling tinkers. According to Mick Brown, the tune title stemmed from a meeting of Doherty and fiddler Francie Byrne on the same road. They stopped to play a few tunes together, and Byrne played a tune for which he had no name, unfamiliar as well to Doherty. Doherty picked it up on the spot and they both decided to call it "On the Road" or "The Glen Road to Carrick"[1].

The tune is based on (and somewhat distanced from) the "Chorus Reel" (AKA "Chorus Jig (1)," a reel despite the title) and is said to have had additional parts added by John Mhosai Mac Fionnlaigh. Elsewhere in his work Mac Aoidh states that composition has been credited to John Mhosai (Mac Fhionnlaioch), born c. 1840's. The alternate title is said to commemorate the location of his family home. Paddy Cronin recorded the tune on a 78 RPM under the title "Doon Reel No. 2." See also the related "Doon Reel (3) (The)" and the "Kilfenora Jig (1)."

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - fiddler John Doherty (County Donegal, Ireland) [Breathnach, Bulmer & Sharpley transcribed from the Comhaltas LP]; fiddlers Francie and Mickey Byrne (County Donegal) [Feldman & O'Doherty].

Printed sources : - Armagh Piper's Club (Play 50 Reels), 1982; No. 13, p. 8. Breathnach (Ceol Rince na hÉireann vol. III), 1985; No. 182, p. 82. Bulmer & Sharpley (Music from Ireland vol. 3), 1976; No. 28. Feldman & O'Doherty (The Northern Fiddler), 1979; p. 167 (appears as "On the Road").

Recorded sources : - Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann CL10, "Johnny Doherty" (1975). Nimbus NI 5320, Seamus Glackin - "Fiddle Sticks: Irish Traditional Music from Donegal" (1991). Claddagh CC 44, Francie Byrne - "The Brass Fiddle." Gael-Linn CEF 140, Seamus & Kevin Glackin - " Na Saighneáin/Northern Lights." Ossian OSS 90, Seamus Creagh - "Came the Dawn." Shanachie 79093, Paddy Glackin & Robbie Hannan - "The Whirlwind" (1995). Seamus Glackin - "An Fhidil, vol. 1."

See also listing at :
Alan Ng's [1]
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index [3]

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  1. Mick Brown, IRTRA-L, Sun, 30 Jan 2000 21:32:47.