The Road To Town reel

Also known as Denis Murphy’s.

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Road To Town has been added to 13 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Road To Town
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 ||"fine"D4||

Three comments

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)?

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.