Castlerock Road reel

By Damien O’Kane

Also known as Castle Rock.

There are 9 recordings of this tune.

Castlerock Road has been added to 34 tune sets.

Castlerock Road has been added to 212 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Castlerock Road
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A2 AG FAdf|edef dABd|gBdg fAdf|e3 d cBAG|
A3 G FAdf|edef dABd|gBdg fAdf|edef d4:|
|:gBdg fAdf|edef dABd|gBdg fA (d2|d)cAG FAdf|gBdg fAdf|
[1 edef dABd|gBdg fAdf|eded d3 f:|
[2 edef dDAD|ABde fgaf|edef d3 A||
|:d2 af dafd|edaf daed|ddbg dbgd|cdac dacd|
B3 A Bcde|f2 f2 edBG|ABde fgaf|edef d4:|
X: 2
T: Castlerock Road
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
[|^GAA/A/A FAdf|edce dee/e/d|gBdg fAdf|ee/e/ed cBAG|
FAA/A/G FAdf|edce dee/e/d|gBdg fAdf|1 edce d3 B:|2 edce d3 f||
|:gBdg fAdf|edce dee/e/d|gBdg fe(d2|d)cAG FAdf|
gBdg fAdf|edce d3 B|ABde fgaf|1 edef dee/e/d:|2 edef dd/d/de||
|:fdaf dafd|edae daed|ddbd dbdd|cdac dacd|
ABB/B/A Bcde|eff/f/d e/e/dBd|ABde fgaf|1 edef dd/d/de:|2 edef d3 B||
# Added by jmeme .
X: 3
T: Castlerock Road
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:ABAG FAdf|edBc cd (3ddd|gBdg fedf|e2ef edBd|
(3AAA GA FAdf|edBc cd (3ddd|gBdg fedf|1 edce dAGA:|2 edce dg (3ggg||
|:gBdg fedf|e2ef edBd|gBdg fd (3ddd|dcAG FAD2|
gBdg fedf|e2ef edBd|ABde fgaf|fece cd (3ddd:|
|:faaf (3aaa fa|eaae (3aaa ea|dbbd (3bbb db|caac (3aaa ca|
AB (3BBA Bcde|f2ff edBd|ABde fgaf|fece cd (3ddd:|

Fifteen comments

Princess Gardens

This is another tune I’ve picked up from YouTube videos of Brian Finnegan. I don’t know if he wrote it or not, but I think it’s really pretty!

Here he is, playing it at learner speed:

(I know there is at least one video of him playing it at full tempo, but I came across it ages ago, and now I can’t find it.)

I’ve been wanting to learn this tune for a long time now… There’s a better quality video of Brian playing this tune on the Burwell Bash’s facebook page.

Isn’t that a hornpipe?

It’s kind of hard to tell. I would say it’s a reel that just can’t ever be played straight. On the video on Facebook it’s played faster than the one I put up, so it does sound more reel-like.

He races through it on his album, but I quite like it slow as well.

This fella’s from Coleraine? :O WOW!!! Is this guy on the session or is there any way of contacting him?

Castlerock Road by Damien O’Kane

There’s a been a bit of confusion about the title of this tune. It’s definitely Castlerock Road, and not Princess Gardens.

I got an email from Damien O’Kane (who composed the tune) and he clarified:

“I recorded it on ‘The Mystery Inch’ album with David Kosky a few years back and it has been recorded by numerous others since then such as Brian Finnegan. It says on here that it is also known as ‘Princess Gardens’ but this is not the case. Princess Gardens is a completely different tune i also wrote and recorded on The Mystery Inch.”

Re: Castlerock Road

Just found it (by reading this thread!) Back to Belfast

Re: Castlerock Road

Brìghde Chaimbeul, Ross Ainslie & Steven Byrnes live at Celtic Colours 2018

Green Light Set: Green Light of the Lonely Souls (Ross Ainslie) / Bob the Banter (Ross Ainslie) / Peel Pier Fear (Ross Ainslie) / Castlerock Road (Damien O’Kane)