MacArthur Road reel

Also known as Bóthar Mhic Artair, Easy Club Reel #2, MacArthur’s Road, Mc Arthur’s Road, McArthur Road, McArthur’s Road, Old But Happy At 63, Sean Smith’s, Why Would You Call It That?.

There are 46 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with A Mile Down The Road (lots of times), The Easy Club (lots of times), Frank’s (a few times), Over The Moor To Maggie (a few times) and The Bucks Of Oranmore (a few times).

MacArthur Road has been added to 40 tune sets.

MacArthur Road has been added to 666 tunebooks.

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Eight settings

X: 1
T: MacArthur Road
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emaj
|:BG (3GGG Bcef|gfeg fece|f3g fece|acgc fece|
BG (3GGG Bcef|gfeg fece|f3g fecB|1 cefg e2z2:|2 cefg efga||
be(3eee bec'e|bege fece|f3g fece|aege fece|
be(3eee bec'e|bege fece|f3g fecB|cefg efga|
be(3eee bec'e|bege fece|f3g fece|aege fece|
BG(3GGG Bcef|gfeg fece|f3g fecB|cefg e2z2|
X: 2
T: MacArthur Road
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emaj
|:B2 Bc Bcef|g2 ga gfec|f2 fg fece|aAgA feec|B2 Bc Bcef|g2 ga gfec|f2 fg feec|1Bcef e3 c:|2 Bcef e3 g||
|:beee bec'e|beee fece|f2 fg fece|aAgA feeg|1 beee bec'e|beee fece|f2 fg feec|Bcef e2-e g:|2 B2 BcBcef|g2 ga gfec|f2 fg feec|Bcef e2-e2||
X: 3
T: MacArthur Road
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emaj
|: B2 Gc Bcef | g2 (3ggg fece | ~f3 g fece | a2 ga gfec |
B2 Gc Bcef | g2 (3ggg fece | f3 g fecA | Bcef e4 :|
|: be (3eee bec'e | beeg fece | ~f3 g fece | a2 ga gfec |
[1 be (3eee bec'e | beeg fece | ~f3 g fecA | Bcef e4 :|
[2 B2 Gc Bcef | g2 (3ggg fece | f3 g fecA | Bcef e4 |]
X: 4
T: MacArthur Road
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: dA A2 ABde | f2 fd edBd | e2 ef edBd | effd edBe |
dA A2 ABde | f2 fd edBd | e2 ef edBA | Bdde d3e :|
|: fA A2 fAgA | fAgA fdBd | e2 ef edBd | effd edBe |
fA A2 fAgA | fAgA fdBd | e2 ef edBA | Bdde d3e |
fA A2 fAgA | fAgA fdBd | e2 ef edBd | effd edBe |
dA A2 ABde | f2 fd edBd | e2 ef edBA | Bdde d3e ||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 5
T: MacArthur Road
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:A2(3AAA ABde|effd edBd|e2 ~e2 edBd|gd fd ed Bd|
A2(3AAA ABde|effd edBd|e2 ~e2 edBd|fdec d2 (3AAA:|
|:ad ~d2 adBd|a~d3 edBd|e2 ~e2 edBd|gdfd edBd|
ad ~d2 adBd|a~d3 edBd|e2 ~e2 edBd|gdfd edBd:|
X: 6
T: MacArthur Road
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emaj
K:Amaj
|:EC (3CCC EFAB|cBAc BAFA|B3c BAFA|dFcF BAFA|
EC (3CCC EFAB|cBAc BAFA|B3c BAFE|1 FABc A2z2:|2 FABc ABcd||
eA(3AAA eAfA|eAcA BAFA|B3c BAFA|dAcA BAFA|
eA(3AAA eAfA|eAcA BAFA|B3c BAFE|FABc ABcd|
eA(3AAA eAfA|eAcA BAFA|B3c BAFA|dAcA BAFA|
EC(3CCC EFAB|cBAc BAFA|B3c BAFE|FABc A2z2|
# Added by giamp .
X: 7
T: MacArthur Road
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|: A3B AFAd | effd edBd | e2ef edBd | gefd edBd |
| A2AB AFAd | f3d edBd | e2ef edBd |1 Addc d3B :|2 Addc defg|]
|: ad (3ddd adbd | ad (3ddd edBd | e2ef edBd | (3gfe (3fed edBd |
|1 ad (3ddd adbd | ad (3ddd edBd | e^def edBd | Addc defg :|
|2 A2AB AFAd | f3d edBd | e2ef edBd | Addc d4 :|]
X: 8
T: MacArthur Road
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: dA A2 ABde | f3d ed (3Bcd | e3f ed (3Bcd | effd edBe |
dA A2 ABde | f3d ed (3Bcd | e3f edBA | Bdde d3e :|
|: fA A2 fAgA | fAgA fd (3Bcd | e3f ed (3Bcd | effd ed (3Bcd |
fA A2 fAgA | fAgA fd (3Bcd | e3f edBA | Bdde d3e |
fA A2 fAgA | fAgA fd (3Bcd | e3f ed (3Bcd | effd edBe |
dA A2 ABde | f3d ed (3Bcd | e3f edBA | Bdde d3e ||
# Added by JACKB .

Twenty-two comments

MacArthur Road

Apparently written By Dave Richardson of the
Bouys in the Lough. I leaned it from my friend
Michael Lesley, flute player, who plays it on an
Olwell bamboo flute keyed to E. I find myself wondering
what key it was composed in originally. ABCs for it
in the key of D can be found here:
http://www.cranfordpub.com/tunes/tunes11_20.htm#MacArthur’s%20Road
Richardson also wrote Calliope House, I’m pretty sure.
That tune is usually heard in the key of D
though he wrote it in E!
What is it about this guy’s tunes?

P.s.

I also just posted the tune correctly named the Ostrich
in the comments section under that title if anyone is interested.

Key

This tune was originally composed in E. (Guess it’s his favorite key!)Some people play it in D though to make it "playable" for more people at a session.

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Help??

Does anyone know any others tunes that would go well with MacArthur Road in a set?

The “E” version

For some reason, I thought this wasn’t here but here’s the E version, at least.

|:B2 Bc Bcef|g2 ga gfec|f2 fg fece|aAgA feec|B2 Bc Bcef|g2 ga gfec|f2 fg feec|1Bcef e3 c:|2 Bcef e3 g||
|:beee bec’e|beee fece|f2 fg fece|aAgA feeg|1 beee bec’e|beee fece|f2 fg feec|Bcef e2-e g:|2 B2 BcBcef|g2 ga gfec|f2 fg feec|Bcef e2-e2||

John

Dave Richardson in E

I had always thought it was because of Dave being a guitarist, until I realised that I was getting mixed up with his late brother Tich.

However as his E tunes work pretty well up the open E string on banjo or mando, maybe they were composed on a banjo?

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Tune to go well with MacArthur road

I find that maggies pancakes goes well either side of MacArthur Road

Bren, I heard that "Calliope House" (also in E) was composed on mandolin, so I’m guessing that it was the same for this tune.

This is the second tune of the "Trucks of Bohermore" set on the Reeltime CD "Live it Up."

Margaret MacArthur

Dave Richardson wrote this in honor of Vermont singer and song collector Margaret MacArthur, whose family lives on MacArthur Road. Margaret died two days ago from Creuzfeldt-Jacob Disease.

Yay

i love this tune…learnt it a couple of weeks ago from sophy ball. she then taught us it as a jig! twas well funny! apparently she runined it by making it into a jig but i like it played both styles. x

“MacArthur Road” / “Old But Happy At 63” ~ rescued duplication

Key signature: E Major
Submitted on February 19th 2008 by Horse Badorties.
~ /tunes/8275

X: 1
T: MacArthur Road
C: Dave Richardson
T: Old But Happy At 63
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: E Major
|: B2 Gc Bcef | g2 (3ggg fece | ~f3 g fece | a2 ga gfec |
B2 Gc Bcef | g2 (3ggg fece | f3 g fecA | Bcef e4 :|
|: be (3eee bec’e | beeg fece | ~f3 g fece | a2 ga gfec |
[1 be (3eee bec’e | beeg fece | ~f3 g fecA | Bcef e4 :|
[2 B2 Gc Bcef | g2 (3ggg fece | f3 g fecA | Bcef e4 |]

See ~ https://thesession.org/recordings/display/2881/comments
Thanks to Saskia Tomkins ~ http://www.steafan.com/saskiatomkins/

# Posted on February 19th 2008 by Horse Badorties

D Major MacArthur Road

X: 1
T: MacArthur Road
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
|: dA A2 ABde | f2 fd edBd | e2 ef edBd | effd edBe |
dA A2 ABde | f2 fd edBd | e2 ef edBA | Bdde d3e :|
|: fA A2 fAgA | fAgA fdBd | e2 ef edBd | effd edBe |
fA A2 fAgA | fAgA fdBd | e2 ef edBA | Bdde d3e |
fA A2 fAgA | fAgA fdBd | e2 ef edBd | effd edBe |
dA A2 ABde | f2 fd edBd | e2 ef edBA | Bdde d3e ||

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MacArthur Road

I’d just like to add that this was obviously written in honour of the home of the late Margaret MacArthur, of Vermont, a great friend of the Boys of the Lough.
I, too, have had the privilege of staying at MacArthur Road, many years ago now.

Rescued Version

X: 1
T: Sean Smith’s
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Amix
|:A2(3AAA ABde|effd edBd|e2 ~e2 edBd|gd fd ed Bd|
A2(3AAA ABde|effd edBd|e2 ~e2 edBd|fdec d2 (3AAA:|
|:ad ~d2 adBd|a~d3 edBd|e2 ~e2 edBd|gdfd edBd|
ad ~d2 adBd|a~d3 edBd|e2 ~e2 edBd|gdfd edBd:|

MacArthur Road, X:7

This is a relatively common session tune in Boston, which boasts a proud Cape Breton/Scottish music scene as well as its notorious Irish one. This is how I’ve heard it played, and it is probably the friendliest Irish session setting, so I figured I would post it. I first heard the tune itself played by Alana and Julia Tryder, fiddlers that have mastered both Cape Breton and Irish styles, but cannot guarantee this is how they play it themselves. Nonetheless, it’s a great one and I wish it was played more.

Re: MacArthur Road

Calliope House is written in E and it really sounds brighter and better when played in that key. In D it just becomes an average tune.
Sylvia Miskoe, Concord NH