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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 travelling tinkers. 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)."

Sources for notated versions: 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 (CRÉ III), 1985; No. 182, p. 82. Bulmer & Sharpley (Music from Ireland), 1974, vol. 3, 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 listings 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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