The High Road To Linton reel

Also known as Domhnall Beag An T-Siucair, High Rd To Linton, High Road To Linton, Jenny Goes To Linton, Jenny’s Gone To Linton, Kitty Got A Clinking, Kitty Got A Clinking Coming From The Fair, Kitty Got A Clinking Going To The Fair.

There are 55 recordings of a tune by this name.

The High Road To Linton has been added to 275 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The High Road To Linton
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:ceef a2 ae|fgfe a2 ae|ceef a2 ae|faec B2 A2:|
|:cdeg fddf|ecce fBBf|cdeg fddf|e/^g/a ec B2 A2:|
|: {^g}a2 a2 efa2|efae faef|{^g}a2 a2 efae|faec B2 A2:|
|:cdec defd|cdec BcdB|cdec def^g|afec B2 A2:|
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ABC
X: 2
T: The High Road To Linton
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:ceef a2ae|f2fe a2ae|ceef a2ae|faec B2A2:|
|:ceeg fddf|ecce fBBd|ceeg fddf|ecac B2A2:|
|:a2a2 efa2|efae faef|a2a2 efae|faec B2A2:|
|:cdec defd|cdec BcdB|cdec def^g|afec B2A2:|
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X: 3
T: The High Road To Linton
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|: ceef a2 ae | fgfe a2 ae | ceef a2 ae | faec B2 A2 :|
|: cdeg fddf | ecce fBBf | cdeg fddf | e/^g/a ec B2 A2 :|
|: {^g}a2 a2 ef a2 | efae faef | {^g}a2 a2 efae | faec B2 A2 :|
|: cdec defd | cdec BcdB | cdec def^g | afec B2 A2 :|
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Fifteen comments

A Scottish Fling?

Just learned this from a friend who most likely learned it twenty years ago when he lived and attended sessions in Edinburgh. He didn’t have a name for it, so I’m hoping someone here recognizes it and I can attached the proper title.

A simple but rewarding fiddle tune. We’re playing it in a set with Miss Shepherd, a Scott Skinner tune.

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High road to Linton?

It sounds to me like the first two parts of The High Road to Linton (sp?). I think the four part version was originally a Scottish tune.

Yep. My source just emailed saying that’s the name he has for it. It’s different from the High Road to Linton that Trevor posted here some time ago, but maybe it belongs in the comments there.

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I’d say this is a more standard setting than Trevor’s, but it’s definitely The High Road To Linton. It’s not as nice without all 4 parts IMO. I’m surprised that you haven’t been familiar with this tune for longer Will - I’ve heard it played at most of the sessions I’ve been to in the UK and Oz.

Incidentally, from the Fiddler’s Companion:
"The ‘C’ and ‘D’ parts were composed (copyright 1957) by the late Scottish dance bandleader and piano accordion player Bobby MacLeod of Tobermory. In fact, MacLeod wrote four parts to follow the original two, although only his ‘C’ and ‘F’ parts were absorbed into tradition".

The late John Hartford used to sing to this whilst fiddling AND clog-dancng…some people have just too much talent…and he didn’t have to work anyway, having written "Gentle on my mind"..

Oh, I’d heard it before, just never bothered learning it, Mark. Then again, I don’t get out to sessions in the UK and Oz much. :o)

FWIW, if someone will post the other two parts here in the comments, I’ll add them to the abcs.

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Okay, a little more digging around and I found the 3rd and 4th parts that correspond to my memory of hearing this tune played at sessions. So I’ve added them to the abc file.

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A three part version of this is in one of the Malley books, but the 3rd part is really just a variation on the A part. And I found a four part version in a Scottish fiddle book, with part 3 again being a variation of the A, and part 4 being a variation of the B. I think this is like the Fairy Reel, one of those reel short, I mean real short, tunes that lends itself to lots of variations. By the way, you can accompany this in A major, with E chords, which to my ear fits better than A modal, with G chords.
AL Brown

Info on the title

I was interested to read in the Fiddler’s Companion that the title is thought to refer to the old drove road through West Linton in the NW Scottish Borders, nicknamed the "Thieves’ Road". My ancestors were bigtime border reivers so presumably this is where they would have stolen a lot of their livestock. I play the tune like this:

X: 1
T: High Road To Linton, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Amix
|:ceef a2ae|f2fe a2ae|ceef a2ae|faec B2A2:|
|:ceeg fddf|ecce fBBd|ceeg fddf|ecac B2A2:|
|:a2a2 efa2|efae faef|a2a2 efae|faec B2A2:|
|:cdec defd|cdec BcdB|cdec def^g|afec B2A2:|

I’ve had both ways with it - - -

Fling and reel…

O’Neill’s

There’s a slightly different version of this tune in O’Neills Dance Music of Ireland, in D, under the amazing title of Kitty Got a Clinking Coming From the Races! It’s also listed with the alternative titles, Coming rom the Races and The Highway to Linton.

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“The High Road To Linton” ~ Will’s 4-part take from the ABCs

Unless you click on the ABC tab you wouldn’t see this. While it’s a 2-part take shown under ‘Sheetmusic’, here’s what’s under the ‘ABC’ hood ~

X: 1
T: High Road To Linton, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Amix
|: ceef a2 ae | fgfe a2 ae | ceef a2 ae | faec B2 A2 :|
|: cdeg fddf | ecce fBBf | cdeg fddf | e/^g/a ec B2 A2 :|
|: {^g}a2 a2 ef a2 | efae faef | {^g}a2 a2 efae | faec B2 A2 :|
|: cdec defd | cdec BcdB | cdec def^g | afec B2 A2 :|