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LODGE ROAD, THE ("Botar na Congbail" or "Botar Tig an Geata"). Irish, Set or Long Dance (2/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Callaghan, Mulvihill, O'Neill): AABB' (Roche). "From O'Neill, slightly altered" (Roche). As with most set dances, the parts are unequal; the 1st strain has the usual 8 measures, while the 2nd has 12 measures. The tune has become popular in English sessions, notes Barry Callaghan (2007), who believes it may have been popularized by melodeon player Martin Ellison in the 1980's. The first strain is shared with "Sir Robert Bruce's Hornpipe" contained in the large mid-19th century music manuscript collection of County Cork cleric and uilleann piper Canon James Goodman.

There was a Bóthar an Lóiste/Lodge Road in Belfast in the late 18th century, named for dwellings called "The Lodge"; although what connection this has with the set dance, if any, is unknown.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Callaghan (Hardcore English), 2007; p. 42. Cotter (Traditional Irish Tin Whistle Tutor), 1989; 92. Mulvihill (1st Collection), 1986; No. 6, p. 110. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 221. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1790, p. 335. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 964, p. 165. Roche (Collection of Traditional Irish Music, vol. 3), 1927; No. 192, p. 68.

Recorded sources: Rogue Records FMSL2004, The English Country Blues Band - "Home and Deranged" (1983). Topic TSCD 752, The English Country Blues Band - "Stepping Up" (2004. Compilation CD).

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [2]

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