The Road To Town
From the playing of Denis Murphy.
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.