The Road To Loch Nam Bairneas reel

By Allan MacDonald

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

The Road To Loch Nam Bairneas has been added to 13 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: The Road To Loch Nam Bairneas
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:B4 B2AB|d2f2 f2ef|a2f2 f2ef|aefd B2AG|
B4 B2AB|d2f2 f2ef|a3f edef|1 B4 B2ef:|2 B4 B2AB||
|:d4 dBde|f2ef B2AG|f2ef a2fe|f2ef B2AG|
d4 dBde|f2ef B2AG|a3f edef|B4 B2AB:|
|:GBdB GBde|f2af edef|B2AB dABd|f2ed B2AG|
GBdB GBde|f2af edef|a3f edef|1 B4 B2AB:|2 B4 B2de||
|:fafa d3e|fafd B2AG|GBdB dBde|f2ed B2AG|
fafa d3e|fafd B2AG|a3f edef|1 B4 B2de:|2 B4 B2AB||
# Added by bdh .
2
X: 2
T: The Road To Loch Nam Bairneas
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
FE|F4 F2EF|A2c2 c2Bc|e2c2 c2Bc|eBcA EFFE|
F4 F2EF|A2c2 c2Bc|e3c BABc|F6:|
|:EF|A3A AEAB|c2Bc F2FE|c2Bc eecB|BcBA F2E/F/G|
A3A AEAB|c2Bc F2FE|e2ec BABc|1 F6:|2 F4FFED||
|:DFAF DFAB|c2ec BABc|F2EF AEAB|c2BA F2FE|
DFAF DFAB|c2ec BABc|ceec BABc|1 F4FFED:|2 F2FE EFAB||
cece A2AB|cecA F2FE|EFAB AEAB|c2BA F2FE|
cece A2AB|cecA F2FE|e2ec BABc|F4 FEAB|
cece A2AB|cecA F2FE|EFAB cBAB|cAec B2AB|
cece A2AB|cecA F2FE|e2ec BABc|F6||

Five comments

Re: The Road To Loch Nam Bairneas

Quite popular recently.
Ross Couper and Tom Oakes play it in F#m. I also heard Adam Sutherland and Emma Tomlinson play it at last year’s Fèis Rois nan Inbheach (it was either in Em or Am - can’t quite remember). So a very malleable tune.
I’ll maybe post Ross Couper’s take.

The Road To Loch Nam Bairneas, X:2

This is roughly how Ross Couper and Tom Oakes play Loch nam Bairneas, in F#m (not A).

Not a reel, of course. Allan MacDonald calls it a quickstep. It’s in both The Nineties Collection and The Moidart Collection II. In the former it’s pointed but in the latter (and later volume) it’s straight.

Re: The Road To Loch Nam Bairneas

And I agree with you, bdh: a beautiful, wonderful tune - one of my favourites of the last couple of years.