The Mountain Road reel

Also known as Rocky Mountain Road.

There are 103 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Jenny’s Chickens (a few times), Christmas Eve (a few times), The Mason’s Apron (a few times), Miss McLeod’s (a few times), Antara (a few times).

The Mountain Road has been added to 1,415 tunebooks.

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Eight settings

X: 1
T: The Mountain Road
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
F2 AF BFAF| F2 AF EFDE| F2 AF BFAF| G2 FG EFDE|
F2 AF BFAF|F2 AF EFD2| FAA2 BAFA|BABd eddA|
d2dA BAFA| d2 de fgfe| d2 dA BAFA| G2 FG EDFA|
d2 dA BAFA| d2 de fgfe| d2 dA BAFA| G2 FG EFDE|
ABC
X: 2
T: The Mountain Road
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
F2 AF BFAF| F/A/F AF EFDE| F2 AF BFAF| G2 FG EFGE|
F2 AF BFAF|F/A/F AF EFDE| FA~A2 BAFB|ABde fgfe||
d2 dA BAFA| dcde fgfe| ~d3A BAFA| G2 FG EFGA|
d2 dA BAFA| dcde fgfe| dcdA BAFA| G2 FG EFGE||
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ABC
X: 3
T: The Mountain Road
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
UF VA U(3AAA V(BA) FB | U(ABd)e fd d2 ||
defd AFD V(F | G2) UF V(G ED) B,D ||
ABC
X: 4
T: The Mountain Road
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
u(F2 A)v(F BF)AvF | (3FFu(F A)v(F EF)DE | u(F2A)v(F BF)Av(F | G2) uFv(G ED)B,D |
u(F2A)v(F BF)AvF | (3FFu(F A)v(F EF)DE | uFvA u(3AAA v(BA)FB | u(ABd)e fd d2 ||
u(dcd)v(B AD)FA | u(dcd)v(e fg)fe | u(dcd)v(B AD)FA | uG2 FG EDB,D |
u(dcd)v(B AD)FA | u(dcd)v(e fg)fe | defd AFDv(F | G2) uFv(G ED)B,D ||
ABC
X: 5
T: The Mountain Road
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:B2 dBeB dB | B2 dB ABGA | B2 dB eBdB | cABG AGEG |
B2 dBeB dB | B2 dB ABGA | Bd d2 edBd | egfa g4 ||
|:g3e dG (3Bcd | g3a bgaf | g3e dG (3Bcd | cABG AGEG |
g3e dG (3Bcd | g3a bgaf | g3e dG (3Bcd | cABG AGEG ||
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ABC
X: 6
T: The Mountain Road
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:F2 AF BFAF| F2 AF EFDE| F2 AF BFAF| G2 FG EFGE|
F2 AF BFAF|F2 AF EFDE| FA A2 BAFB|ABde fddc||
|:dcdB ADFA| dcde f3e| dcdB ADFA| G2 FG EDFA|
dcdB ADFA| dcde f3e| dcdB ADFA| G2 FG EFGE||
|:F3A BF3|F2 AF eFDE|F3A BF3|G2 FG EFGE|
F3A BF3|FADE FDFA|FA A2 BAFB|ABde fd d2||
|:(3Bcd dc ADFA|(3Bcd de f3e|(3Bcd dc ADFA|GAFG EDFA|
(3Bcd dc ADFA|(3Bcd de f3e|dcdB ADFA|G2 FG EFGE||
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ABC
X: 7
T: The Mountain Road
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DE | F2 AF BFAF |~F2 AF EFDE | F2 AF BFAF | ~G3 F EDB,D |
F2 AF BFAF |~F2 AF EFDE | F3 A BAFB | ABde fd d2 ||
(3ddd dB ADFA | ~d3 e fgfe | defd AFDF | (3GFE (3FED EB,B,D |
~d3 B ADFA | dcde fgfe | defd AFDF | (3GFE (3FED EB,B,D ||
~d3 e fded | ~d2 de fBBc | defd ecdB | AGFD EB,B,D |
~d3 e fded | d2 de fBBf | (3gag (3fgf (3efe dB | ABde | fddA ||
|: DFAF BFAF | DFAF EA,A,2 | DAAc BAFB |1 ABde fddA :|2 ABde fdde ||
{e}dcBF BFDB | FEDE DB,B,D | D2 FD GDFD | ABde fgfe |
dB (3BBB BAFB | AFEG | FDDE | F2 AF BFAF | ABde fd d2 ||
|| fa (3aaa abaf | g2 fg edBd | fa (3aaa abaf | ABde fdde |
fgag abaf | ~g2 fg edBG | (3FFF AF GABG | ABde fd d2 ||
ABC
X: 8
T: The Mountain Road
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
| AB || c2ec fcec | ~c2ec BcAB | c2ec fcec | ~d3c BAFA |
c2ec fcec | ~c2ec BcAB | c3e fece | defa caa2 ||
|| a/a/a af eAce | ~a3B cdcb | abca ecAc | (3dcB (3cBA BFFA |
~a3f eAce | agaB cdcb | abca ecAc | (3dcB (3cBA BFFA ||
|| Acec fcec | Acec BEE2 | Acce dcAd | defa caa |
b | {b}agfe fecf | ecBd cAAB | c2ec fcec | EFAB cAAG ||
|| ~A3B cABA | ~A2AB cFFG | ABcA BGAF | edcA BFFA |
~A3B cABA | ~A2AB cFFc | (3ded (3cdc (3BcB AF | EFAB cAA2 ||
ABC

Twenty-two comments

This is the "whistle-friendly" version of the tune, in that it never goes below D. For fiddles and other instruments with a wider octave range, the second part of the fourth bar can be played EDBD, the B being low (on the G string of the fiddle).

The long F# which keeps coming up in the first part can be rolled, but what’s even nicer is to slide up to it from E. If you don’t like the sliding sound, try it as a triplet; EFF#.

I always play this tune as written here, but I’ve also heard it played with both parts being played twice.

There are also longer versions of this tune (with 3 or even 6 parts) but I’m not familiar with them.

An aptly named tune.

Posted by .

I’m just learning this tune now (12/03). Thanks for your comments on the F#s, especially the slide up idea.

The hard part for me as fiddle player is getting the drone nice and smooth.

You can also vary the ending lick on lines 1, 3, 4 so each one feels slightly different. For example start the bar with a triple (gf#3) sometimes.

opps, that triplet would be g-f#-e.

Heard Harry Bradley and Tara Diamond playing the third part to this tune recently. They got it from a Glenties fiddler.

The Mountain Road

According to Peter Cooper, this tune was composed by Michael Gorman.

Michael Gorman

It was written by Michael Gorman, and it is his best known composition. Here is a recording of him playing all six parts: http://www.cranfordpub.com/mp3s/michaelgorman2.mp3

I think it would be fun to learn them all. Kevin Burke plays three parts on his In Concert album.

-Max

1st part

the first partreminds me of the killavil reel….

I’m just now learning this on flute after playing it off and on for 20 years on fiddle. So the two-part setting I’m working up on flute comes out like this:

X: 1
T: Mountain Road, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
C: Michael Gorman
R: reel
K: D
F2 AF BFAF| F/A/F AF EFDE| F2 AF BFAF| G2 FG EFGE|
F2 AF BFAF|F/A/F AF EFDE| FA~A2 BAFB|ABde fgfe||
d2 dA BAFA| dcde fgfe| ~d3A BAFA| G2 FG EFGA|
d2 dA BAFA| dcde fgfe| dcdA BAFA| G2 FG EFGE||

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Mountain Road

Usually follows "Drowsy Maggie", so everybody seems to think it a come-down, but it isn’t.
I’ve heard it played three dfferent ways - namely AB AB etc, AABB AABB etc and ABC ABC (usually all at the same time!)
It always pays to have the loudest instrument to play this tune - maybe that’s why you have to be up a mountain to play it!

Mountain Road

The Mountain Road is often played metronomically in sessions, some fiddlers being able to bring out the intricate rhythmic structure of the tune because they aren’t using a bowing that would enable them to do so.

Here is a suitable bowing, as taught by Mossie Martin in a fiddle workshop class at Keadue in August 2009. This bowing isn’t necessarily easy to acquire, and many will find it needs slow and careful practice with complete attention to detail until it becomes automatic and embedded in the brain and fingers (I haven’t quite got it yet!).

U indicates a down bow, and V indicates an up bow.
The notes inside a pair of closed brackets (…) are slurred on one bow. The slurring is often across the beat and sometimes across a bar line.
Note the triples which start with (3 - the bowing is UVU, and the last note of the triple is sometimes (but not always) slurred into the next note.

U(F2A) V(F BF)A VF | (3FF U(FA) V(F EF) DE |
U(F2A) V(F BF)A V(F | G2) UF V(G ED) B,D |
U(F2A) V(F BF)A VF | (3FF U(FA) V(F EF) DE |
UF VA U(3AAA V(BA) FB | U(ABd)e fd d2 ||
U(dcd) V(B AD) FA | U(dcd) V(e fg) fe |
U(dcd) V(B AD) FA | UG2 FG EDB,D |
U(dcd) V(B AD) FA | U(dcd) V(e fg) fe |
defd AFD V(F | G2) UF V(G ED) B,D ||

Some players may find the above bowing notation easier to understand if they transcribe it into dots and use the regular beams for the slurs and the usual fiddle notation for down and up bows.

We were told that the title of the tune refers to an actual mountain road in Sligo (Michael Gorman’s home county).

Mountain Road

oops! should be "… some fiddlers being unable to bring out the intricate rhythmic structure …"

I sometimes play the first part one octave higher. I’ve heard other people do this. Not every time around, but as a variation. I’ve also heard the first and third bar played |F2 dF cFBF|.

Cool Tune

This tune seems to release a different tone from my banjo

This sounds great in Bmin.

of course that transcription is an eyesore

I made your submission with bow markings easier to read, and also made the bow markings lowercase so that abc readers could understand them.

X: 1
T: Mountain Road, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
C: Michael Gorman
R: reel
K: D
u(F2 A)v(F BF)AvF | (3FFu(F A)v(F EF)DE | u(F2A)v(F BF)Av(F | G2) uFv(G ED)B,D |
u(F2A)v(F BF)AvF | (3FFu(F A)v(F EF)DE | uFvA u(3AAA v(BA)FB | u(ABd)e fd d2 ||
u(dcd)v(B AD)FA | u(dcd)v(e fg)fe | u(dcd)v(B AD)FA | uG2 FG EDB,D |
u(dcd)v(B AD)FA | u(dcd)v(e fg)fe | defd AFDv(F | G2) uFv(G ED)B,D ||

Pairing

I can see this going well with Jim Donaghue’s.

The Mountain Road - abridged in A major

Set in A major and abridged with notes from the master, Martin (Michael) Gorman. Both G major and A major allow whistles/flutes the low (fiddle) notes, really getting the place buzzing if returned to D major - DFAF BFAF (with a whistle doubling an octave above, etc.).

Thanks for the link, ‘Edgar’- more notes/instructions for the arrangement of this tune, and tunes in general, than I think I quite knew what to do with!