Old Road to Garry (The)
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OLD ROAD TO GARRY, THE. Irish, Reel. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Composed, originally in four parts, by accordion player Paddy O'Brien of Newtown, Nenagh, County Tipperary. Garrykennedy, explains Seamus Connolly, is a small village (affectionately called 'Garry') near Portroe, County Tipperary. The area is famed for its music, and O'Brien played sessions in the local pub, Larkin's Bar. The road below it (the "Old Road") goes to the neighboring village of Portroe. His daughter, fiddler Eileen O'Brien, says that the opening bars of this tune were inscribed on Paddy's gravestone in the Garrykennedy cemetery. O'Brien composed it in the key of 'C', although 'D' versions are also played.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Eileen O'Brien (The Definitive Collection of the Music of Paddy O’Brien 1922-1991), 2009; p. 91. Ossian (The Compositions of Paddy O’Brien), 1992;
Recorded sources: Green Linnet GLCD 1087, Seamus Connolly - "Notes From My Mind" (1988). The Yanks - "The Yanks" (2013). Moanfin Recordings CD001, Eileen O'Brien - "Newtown Bridge" (1999).
See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info