The Scartaglen reel

Also known as The Brown Girl’s, Denis Murphy’s, I Wish I Had A Kerry Cow, Murphy’s Scartaglen, The Old Kerry Cow, P. J. MacNamara’s, P.J McNamara’s, PJ McNamara’s, Ríl Scairteach An Ghlinne, The Road To Town.

There are 35 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

The Scartaglen appears in 1 other tune collection.

The Scartaglen has been added to 10 tune sets.

The Scartaglen has been added to 87 tunebooks.

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Six settings

1
X: 1
T: The Scartaglen
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:D2 ED FAdB|A2 FD EBce|D2 ED FAdB|AFEF DEFA|
d4 B4|AGFD EBce|D2 ED FAdB|AFEG FDDB:|
|:Adfd edfd|Adfd edBd|Adfd edfd|AFDE FEEB|
Adfd edfd|Adfd edBd|g3e f3d|AFDE FD D2:|
# Added by JACKB .
2
X: 2
T: The Scartaglen
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D2FA dBBd | A2FD EB,~B,2 | D2FA dBBd |1 AFDF EDB,C :|2 AFDF E2D2 ||
Adfd edfd | Adfd eB~B2 | Adfd edfd | AFDF E2D2 |
Adfd edfd | Adfd eB~B2 | ~g3e ~f3e | dBAF E2FE ||
3
X: 3
T: The Scartaglen
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D2ED FAdB|~A2FD EA,~A,2|~D2ED FAdB|AFDF EFDE|
D2ED FAdB|~A2FD EDB,D|~D2ED FAdB|AFDF ~E2D2||
Adfd edfd|Adfd eB~B2|Adfd edfd|AFDE FE{F/}EF|
Adfd edfd|Adfd eB~B2|~g3e ~f3e|dBAF ~E3F ||D4||
4
X: 4
T: The Scartaglen
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2 {c}AG B/c/dge |dcBG ADFA|G2 B/A/G Bdge |dcBA G2B/c/d|
g3 d e2 ge|dcBG ADFA|G2 {c}AG B/c/dge |dBAc BGGe|]
dgbg agbg|dgbg ageg|dggg agbg|dBGA BAAB|
dgbg agbg|dgbg ageg|c'3 a b2 {c'}b a|gedB {c}BAAB|]
5
X: 5
T: The Scartaglen
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D2 (3FED FAdB| A2FD EA3 | D2(3FED FAdB | AFDF EF D2 |
D2 (3FED FAdB| A2FD EB3 | D2(3FED FAdB | AFDF EF D2 |]
Adfd edfd | Adfd (3efe dB | Adfd edfd | AFDE FE3 |
Adfd edfd | Adfd eB~B2 | ~g3e ~f3e | dBAF ED (3EFG |]
A3 f edfd|A2 fd (3efe dB |A2 fd edfd|AFDE FE3 |
Adfd edfd | Adfd eB~B2 | ~g3e ~f3e | dBAF EDEF||D4|]
6
X: 6
T: The Scartaglen
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D2 (3FED FAdB| A2FD EA3 | D2(3FED FAdB | AFDF EFDA |
D2 (3FED FAdB| A2FD EB3 | D2(3FED FAdB | AFDF EF D2 ||
Adfd edfd | Adfd e2 dB | Adfd edfd | AFDE FE3 |
Adfd edfd | Adfd eB B2 | g3e f3e | dBAF EFDF ||
A3f edfd|A2 fd e2 dB |A3f edfd|AFDE FE3 |
Adfd edfd | Adfd eB B2 | g3e f3e | dBAF EFDA||
# Added by JACKB .

Nineteen comments

This tune is on a Martin Hayes CD.

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This is

The Scartaglen, number 263 (page 136) Breathnach II.

Denis Murphy’s

This is the last tune of track 7 of Irish Times by Patrick Street https://thesession.org/recordings/786 .

It would be good if someone has another title for this, since there are already plenty of tunes here called "Denis Murphy’s". It is possible that it has already been posted under a different name, although an abc search failed bring up any matches.

Denis Murphy’s

I just played it into TunePal and it called it Murphy’s Scartaglen Reel. I looked up Scartaglen here and found it listed as P.J. MacNamara’s https://thesession.org/tunes/11180

Excellent sleuthing, Gary. It’s clearly the same tune, but a very different take on it. I’ll leave it to Jeremy to decide whether it warrants a separate submission or whether it should be added on as a setting.

Variation of The Scartaglen (or vice versa)?

The reel named "The Scartaglen" on ‘Wind & Reeds’ by Paudie O’Connor and John O’Brien, sounds much more like this tune than the other versions of "The Scartaglen" I’ve heard or in the ABCs at https://thesession.org/tunes/900

Could this tune be a variation of The Scartaglen (which also has alternate names mentioning a road)?

Dennis Murphy’s

A rather choice little reel in G recorded on the lovely recording by Jack Talty and Cormac Begley "na Fir Bolg." I’m not sure which of the lads plays this solo track, but it’s neatly done.

Re: Dennis Murphy’s

Hi Bill

I never thought to check if this was here so thank you for posting it.

The only person who plays it (that I know of) out here in Tassie is 2 row player Mick Flanagan (Joe Cooley’s nephew) from Galway and he, like me, just knew it as Murphy’s.
Thanks again

All the best

Brian x

Re: Dennis Murphy’s

Hi Brian.

I can’t find the liner notes for Na Fir Bolg so I’m not sure of the provenance. I’d guess from Cormac Begley’s repertoir—seems like all Sliabh Luachra tunes are called O’Keefe’s, O’Leary’s, or Dennis Murphy’s. Unless Cronin’s or Tom Billy’s. I find it lays nicely on the flute—though if you play in duet with a fiddle, the long high C note has all kinds of interesting potential! On the 3-row CBA the G fingering’s a little twisty. F is a bit easier to finger and sounds good too.

Cheers,

BW

Re: Dennis Murphy’s

Oh what a nice tune. Thanks bill indeed! Just queried the internet for the recording you transcribed it from, and found it’s on bandcamp — yay! :~) Superb music altogether. So anyway, here you can listen to the tune:
http://raelachrecords.bandcamp.com/track/reels-willie-clancys-mountain-top-kevin-hendersons-denis-murphys

I’ll add the link to the recording entry here, too. Absolutely made my day!

Edit: Here’s the recording link for quick reference:
https://thesession.org/recordings/3997

Re: Dennis Murphy’s

I’d say more related to the Lord MacDonald’s/Leather Breeches group but with some very distinctive phrases in both parts.

Re: The Road To Town

"Could this tune be a variation of The Scartaglen (which also has alternate names mentioning a road)?"

They don’t sound much alike, which pretty much answers the question. It is more likely that either i. somebody misremembered the title or ii. the tune has or once had particular associations with musicians from the Scartaglen area and has therefore also been known by the name of ‘Scartaglen’. That being a place with a strong musical ( and setdancing) heritage, there is likely to be more than one tune named after it.

A search on ‘Scartaglen’ in the tune database brings up 7 distinct tunes. One reel, listed as Murphy’s Scartaglen https://thesession.org/tunes/12996 (a tune that I learned as Denis Murphy’s), is simlar to this tune. So the likelihood is that Denis Murphy himself called the tune Scartaglen because of some association with that place.

Re: Denis Murphy’s

Re alt. title, what does scartaglen mean?

Re: Denis Murphy’s

It´s a wee place in Kerry, near Castleisland and Balleydesmond. It is near the center of the Sliabh Luachra area. It gets it´s name from Scairteach an Ghlinne, meaning valley of scrub, hedge, or underbrush. This is a very historic area. The Fitzgeralds, Lord Desmond (Baron), lorded it near here in the 1200´s. Many Sliabh Luachra tune titles refer to this village.

Re: Dennis Murphy’s

This looks like a duplicate of Murphy’s Scartaglen https://thesession.org/tunes/12996 shifted up to G from D. BTW, the links to 21 recordings look dubious as they are coupled with polkas and slides!