Lads of Doocastle (The)

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LADS OF DOOCASTLE, THE (Buachaillí Chaisleáin an Dumha). AKA and see "Long Way from Home (A)," "Paddy Arthur's Pint," "Trip to Kinvara (The)." Irish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (McGuire & Keegan): AA'BB' (Breathnach). Alternate titles "Paddy Arthur's Pint" and "Trip to Kinvara" are from the Green Linnet Céilí Band (which included fiddler and composer Charlie Lennon) and Buttons and Bows, respectively, however, the tune was originally composed in the early 1950's by Bronx accordion player Martin Mulhaire as "Long Way from Home (A)." "Lads of Doocastle" was Roger Sherlock's name for the melody. Doocastle is a townland of some 3,000 acres on the borders of Sligo and Mayo, and was the birthplace of famed fiddlers Michael Gorman (1902–1969), and Johnny Henry.

Source for notated version: flute player Roger Sherlock [Breathnach, McGuire & Keegan].

Printed sources: Breathnach (CRÉ 5), 1999; No. 160. McGuire & Keegan (Irish Tunes by the 100), No. 66, p. 18.

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