The Road To Ballymac reel

Also known as The Road To Ballymack.

There are 25 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Cloone (a few times), The Donegal (a few times) and The Silver Birch (a few times).

The Road To Ballymac has been added to 6 tune sets.

The Road To Ballymac has been added to 133 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Road To Ballymac
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DG G2 BAGA | Bd d2 e2 de | gd d2 egde | gedB ABGE |
DG G2 BAGA | Bd d2 e2 de | gd d2 egdB |1 cAFA G2 GE :|2 cAFA G2 GA ||
|:Bd d2 edBd | egfg a2 ga | bg g2 egde | gedB AGEG |
Bd d2 edBd | eg g2 a2 ga | bgfg egdB |1 cAFA G2 GE :|2 cAFA G4 ||
# Added by Kenny .
X: 2
T: The Road To Ballymac
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
Bd d2 edBd | egg2 a2 ga | bgag egde | gedB ABG2 |
Bd d2 edBd | eg g2 a2 ga | bgag egdB |1 cAFA G2 GE :|2 cAFA G4 ||
X: 3
T: The Road To Ballymac
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DG (3GGG BAGA | Bd (3ddd e2 de | gd (3ddd egde | gedB ABGE |
DG (3GGG BAGA | Bd (3ddd e2 de | gd (3ddd egdB |1 AGAB G2 GE :|2 AGAB G2 GA ||
Bd (3ddd edBd | eg (3ggg a2 ga | bgag egde | gedB ABGA |
Bd (3ddd edBd | eg (3ggg a2 ga | bgag egdB |1 AGAB G2 GA :|2 AGAB G4 ||
X: 4
T: The Road To Ballymac
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: GE |DG G/G/G BAGA | Bd d/d/d e2 de | gd d/d/d egde | gBdB ABGE |
DG G2 BAGA | Bd d/d/d e2 de | gd d/d/d egdB | ABGF G2 :|
|: GA |Bd d/d/d edBd | eg g/f/g a2 ga | bgag egde | gBdB ABGA |
Bd d/d/d edBd | eg g/f/g a2 ga | bgag egdB | ABGF G2 :|

Twenty-three comments

Road To Ballymac

Comments later.

Posted by .

Great tune Kenny - thanks. This was in Treoir 20 or so years ago when I first learnt it but, not being a very common session tune, I stopped playing it and forgot it until this posting. It’s definitely one to be resurrected - anyone got ideas on a couple of reels to go with it?

Road to Ballymac / Fox on the Town / Pachelbels Frolics
The Ash Plant / The Road to Ballymac / The Congress Reel
The Road to Ballymac / Mulhaire’s Reel
The Road to Ballymac / Corriga Grove / The Cloone Reel
Mollie McCarthy / The Road to Ballymac / The Linen Cap

Composed by the accordeon player Vincent Leslie.

Thanks Gian - think I’ll go for the second option as I was already wondering what to put with the Congress

Road To Ballymac

This comes from the LP of mainly Co. Leitrim music by Jack Lee(flute), and Manus Maguire(fiddle). Also recorded by Turlough Boylan. It seems to have been overlooked somewhat. Should be played more, I think. Thanks for the information on the composer, and suggested sets, Gian Marco. I wonder if this is something contributers should try to do more - suggest other tunes which may follow/precede the tune posted. Anyone could make suggestions.

Posted by .

Ballymac - P.S.

I should have also said that the title of the Lee/Maguire recording is "The Missing Reel".

Posted by .

Ballymac

Recorded by Sharon Shannon on "Bringing it all back home", in A. As far as I remember the whole set has been "geared up a notch" (Unknown in D (usually in C)/Ballymac in A/Congress in Bm).
Brilliant tune though.

Ballymacarbry?

hei, isit Ballymacarbry or something like that? I think is’t a village 20 miles south of Clonmelco. Tipperary. I’ve been there last august, as it was the only place round Clonmel with room to spend the night in during the last Fleadh!

Ballymacarberry

You are right Giovanni Ballymacarberry is near Clonmel and this tune refers to the same. I live about ten miles west of here.
Good Luck
Mike Allen.

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Ballymac B part

Hey Kenny, I just compared this tune to the source you got it from, and there are some discrepancies in the B part that I noticed:

Bd d2 edBd | egg2 a2 ga | bgag egde | gedB ABG2 |
Bd d2 edBd | eg g2 a2 ga | bgag egdB |1 cAFA G2 GE :|2 cAFA G4 ||

The Road to Ballymac-Real Composer

Hello Everyone,
I’m glad everyone likes this reel so much as it is without doubt one of the most lively tunes to play in a session or concert or for dancers. I would like to point out that the actual composer is a wonderful gentleman from Co.Antrim named Leslie Craig. I cannot confirm whether the tune is in fact named after the village in Tipperary but i can definitely confirm its composer. Leslie is a great accordion player and it is common knowledge in the Fiddle and Accordion clubs around Belfast and Antrim that he is the composer. I would just like to add that there are several composers out there that do not get the credit they deserve and through time and ‘chinese whispers’ information these people are stripped of the credit they actually deserve. I unfortunately did not know who composed this reel when I recorded it but a month after the album was released I was duly informed. I hope this information will be of some use to you all. Keep playing this reel as it truly is a fantastic piece.

Spot on Matt!

I was wondering when the composer would be identified correctly-I believe Leslie originally composed it in the key of F.

Posted by .

Ballymac

Yes compsed by Leslie Craig who is now playing with Ceilidh Band ‘Haste to the Wedding’ a short sound sample on their web pages www.hastetothewedding.com

Posted by .

Yes Cos, he did compose it in F. But what ‘mattmcgranaghan’ forgot to mention was that it’s the ‘Piano Accordion’ he plays, so of course F is nae bother to him.

Well actually Button, the way I have this tune is as follows:

|:DG (3GGG BAGA | Bd (3ddd e2 de | gd (3ddd egde | gedB ABGE |
DG (3GGG BAGA | Bd (3ddd e2 de | gd (3ddd egdB |1 AGAB G2 GE :|2 AGAB G2 GA ||
Bd (3ddd edBd | eg (3ggg a2 ga | bgag egde | gedB ABGA |
Bd (3ddd edBd | eg (3ggg a2 ga | bgag egdB |1 AGAB G2 GA :|2 AGAB G4 ||

It’s a great Banjo tune & yes, it is played a lot around here, Leslie’s native Co. Antrim.

You can see a photo of Leslie in action, up at the Skerry Inn, a great session pub, high in the Antrim Hills, overlooking Ballymena hey!.
Leslie is 2nd from the right, in the Left hand photo:

http://www.causewaymusic.co.uk/absentfriends.html

Cool

i recognise the first medley given, and i think that those tunes sound great together.
i love the way the were played by the bradley brothers, oh and this is a very popular feis tune

Road To Ballymac

Yes this is a Leslie Craig tune, usually played with it’s sister composition " The Silver Birch" ( An equally beautiful tune). And it’s original key is F major. The tune refers to a trip that Leslie and some of the local lads had down to a festival in Ballymacarbery, Co.Waterford, and the debauchery that probably went along with it.

Posted by .

The composer..

The composer who really wote this tune
is, Leslie Craig - cullybacky ,co antrim,,
I play with him nearly every week-
see,,http://www.hastetothewedding.com/
Thank-you
jim mcauley..

“The Road to Ballymac” ~ a reel by Leslie Craig ~ a rescued duplication

Key signature: G Major
Submitted on July 4th 2007 by FIDDLE4.
~ /tunes/7447

X: 2
T: The Road To Ballymac
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: G Major
|: GE |
DG G/G/G BAGA | Bd d/d/d e2 de | gd d/d/d egde | gBdB ABGE |
DG G2 BAGA | Bd d/d/d e2 de | gd d/d/d egdB | ABGF G2 :|
|: GA |
Bd d/d/d edBd | eg g/f/g a2 ga | bgag egde | gBdB ABGA |
Bd d/d/d edBd | eg g/f/g a2 ga | bgag egdB | ABGF G2 :|

This I beleave this is the closest to the way the composer plays his reel. If you wish to here leslie craig playing this tune and two other of his compositions go to:

http://www.hastetothewedding.com/ ~ and purchase our CD

Or listen to him playing it on a sound sample here:

http://www.hastetothewedding.com/id3.htm

under , The Ballymac set. ~ jim mcauley.

# Posted on July 4th 2007 by FIDDLE4

What do you mean ‘reels that could go with it’?
Like some one else playing the reel and you playing the tune?

:S