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NEW ROAD, THE ("An Botar nuad" or "An Bóthar nua"). AKA and see "New Line (The)." Irish, Reel. D Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (O'Neill): ABC (Breathnach). The 'B' part is nearly the same as "Corney is Coming." Galway fiddler Paddy Fahy has been credited with reworking this tune, says fiddler Frankie Gavin, and indeed, Paul de Grae points out the tune was recorded by the Raymond Roland Quartet as "Fahy's Reel." De Grae finds a variant of the tune in Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883) under the title "New Line." "New Post Office (The)" is either a related variant or a similar melody, depending on one's perception. See also the cognate "Scartaglen Reel (2) (The)."

Source for notated version: Seán Reid manuscript (County Clare) [Breathnach]; Chicago Police Sergeant James O'Neill, a fiddler originally from County Down [O'Neill].

Printed sources: Breathnach (CRÉ IV), 1996; No. 113, p. 58. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 105. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1250, p. 235. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 523, p. 98.

Recorded sources: Ember 3361, The Raymond Roland Quartet - "Saturday Night at the Céilíi" (London, 1965. Appears as "Fahy's Reel"). Green Linnett GLCD 1087, Seamus Connolly - "Notes From My Mind" (1988). Tara CD4011, Frankie Gavin - "Fierce Traditional" (2001).

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's [1]

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