The Steeplechase reel

Also known as A Hard Road To Travel, The Carrigaline, The Hard Road To Travel, The Milestone, The Rock Of Cashel.

There are 40 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Ah Surely (lots of times), The Culfadda (a few times), Dan Breen’s (a few times), King Of The Clans (a few times) and The Maids Of Castlebar (a few times).

The Steeplechase has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Steeplechase has been added to 146 tunebooks.

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Nine settings

X: 1
T: The Steeplechase
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
|:G,C~C2 EG~G2|Addc dfed|~c3G AdcA|G2EC DCA,C|
G,C~C2 EG~G2|Addc dfed|~c3G AdcA|GEDG ECC2:|
|:[E3c3]c Gcea|gedc dcAB|c2ec Gcea|gedf eccB|
cdec Gcea|gedc ABcd|eg~g2 ea~a2|gedf eccB:|
X: 2
T: The Steeplechase
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
c2 CD EG G2 | Addc dfed | c2 cG ABcA | G2 EC DCA,C |
G,C C2 EG G2 | Addc dfed | cBcG A2 cA | GEDF EC C2 :|
c2 ec gceg | gedc AGAB | c2 ec gcec | Addc dfed |
c2 ec gcec | cdec d2 cd | eg g2 ea a2 |1 gedc AGAB :|2 gedf ec c2 |
# Added by Kenny .
X: 3
T: The Steeplechase
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
c2 CD E~G3 | Addc dfed | ~c3 G ABcA | G2 EC DCA,C |
G, ~C3 E ~G3 | Addc dfed | cBcG A2 cA |1 GEDF EC C2 :|2 GEDF EGAB |
~c2 ec gcea | gedc AGAB | ~c2 ec gcea | gecd AGAB |
~c2 ec gcea | gedc A ~e3| e~g3 e~a3 |1 gedg (3efg AB :|2 gedg (3efg AB |
X: 4
T: The Steeplechase
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
|:G,C~C2 EG~G2|Addc dfed|~c3G AdcA|G2EC DCA,C|
G,C~C2 EG~G2|Addc dfed|~c3G AdcA|GEDG ECC2:|
|:[E3c3]c Gcea|gedc dcAB|c2ec Gcea|gedf eccB|
cdec Gcea|gedc ABcd|eg~g2 ea~a2|gedf eccB:|
X: 5
T: The Steeplechase
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
|:D2CD E~G3|Addc dfed|cBcA GAcA|GECE D~G,|
|c ~C3 E~G3|Addc dfed|cBcA GAcA|GEDF EC C2:|
|:c2ec gcea|gedc BcdB|c2ec gcea|gedc BGAB|
c2ec gcea |gedc ABcd |e~g e~a|gede c4:|
X: 6
T: The Steeplechase
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:d2 DE FA3 | Beed egfe | d3 A BcdB | A2 FD ED D2 |
AD3 FA3 | Beed egfe | dcdA B2 dB |1 AFEG FD D2 :|2 AFEG FABc ||
|:d2 fd Adfd | A3G FDFA | d2 fd Adfd | A3G FD D2 |
d2 fd Adfd | A3G FAde| fa3 fedB |1 ABde fd d2 :|2 ABde fedc||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 7
T: The Steeplechase
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
~c2 CD EG ~G2 | Addc dcAB | ~c2 cB ABcA | ~G2EC DCA,C |
G,C ~C2 EG ~G2 | Addc dcAB | ~c2 cB A2 cA | GFDF EC C2 :|
~c2 ec gceg | gedc dcAB | ~c2 ec gcec | Addc dfed |
~c2 ec gcea | gedc ABcd | eg ~g2 ea ~a2 |1 gedg eccB :|2 gedf eccB |]
X: 8
T: The Steeplechase
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
c2 CD EG ~G2 | Addc dcAB | c3 A G2cA | G2EC DCA,C |
G,C ~C2 EG ~G2 | Addc dcAB | cdcA GAcA | GEDG EC C2 :|
c2 ec gcga | gedc dcAB | c2 ec gcec | Addc dcAB |
c2 ec gcga | gedc ABcd | eg ~g2 ea ~a2 | gedc c2AB :|
X: 9
T: The Steeplechase
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
d2 DE FA ~A2 | Beed egfe | d2 dA BcdB | A2 FD EDBd |
AD ~D2 FA ~A2 | Beed egfe | dcdA B2 dB | AFEG FD D2 :|
d2 fd adfa | afed BABc | d2 fd adfd | Beed egfe |
d2 fd adfd | defd e2 de | fa ~a2 fb ~b2 |1 afed BABc :|2 afeg fd d2 ||

Fifteen comments

It’s A Hard Road To Travel

Source: Andy Mcgann & Paul Brady_It’s a Hard Road to Travel
Transcription: Gian Marco Pietrasanta

…sometime I’d like to play the fiddle…

The Steeplechase

Requested by "dogface" . A fiddle tune , more than anything, recorded by Paddy Killoran, Andy McGann, Burke & Daly, among others. Andy McGann called it "A Hard Road To Travel", and it’s in O’Neill’s as "Carrigaline".

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The Steeplechase

Also recorded by the Pride Of New York, and Paddy O’Brien (Offaly)

Also played by The Red Wellies…

…who did a lovely job of it on their CD, though the track names got confused and they labeled this tune "King of the Clans" and vice versa.

This tune is generally known as The Steeplechase, but I think its more common name is The Rock of Cashel or Carragline (as per O’Neill’s). I once found an old tune book from the 20’s or 30’s (apparently very popular) that has one right under the other, with this tune under the name The Rock of Cashel.

Tommy Peoples recorded it as "Carrigaline" on Iron Man

Steeplechase

X:2 from Kevin Keegan and friends, basically after the original recording by Killoran/Sweeny but the triplets at the end of the 2nd part are a nice additional touch. The Killoran/Sweeny setting was faithfully followed by those who followed in their footsteps: Burke/Daly, , McGann/Reynolds. A student of Keegan’s once spent about half an hour trying to get me to play the correct setting, which I’m pretty confident I have here. The Mulvihill collection has a setting with some nice touches I’ll try and add later on; I’m throwing in X:3 which is the Andy McGann setting referenced above, that tune entry should just be deleted, knowing about it would have saved me some time.

The Steeplechase, X:4

This seems a bit closer to Paddy Sweeney’s version.

The Steeplechase, X:5

My version in D Major.

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I’ve never come across it played in anything but D, obviously I’m missing out in my exposure, must get out more ;~)

Steeplechase

I found 10 commercial recordings of it in my iTunes library. 8 are in C (Chulrua, Willie Kelly, Bríd Harper, Antóin Mac Gabhann, Katie O’Sullivan, James Keane, Lissa Schneckenburger, and Jerry Holland). Tommy Peoples recorded it in C# and Kevin Burke & Jackie Daly recorded it in E flat. Presumably Tommy is playing in C fingering tuned up a half step, as he is on the whole "Iron Man" album. Jackie would be using D fingering on a D/D# box, which is the same as playing in C on a B/C box. Kevin would probably be playing in D fingering tuned up a half step. I’ve heard it mostly in East Clare, where C is the normal key for it. Willie Kelly, in the liner notes to his version on Mike & Mary Rafferty’s album "Road to Ballinakill", he says he learned it from Jackie Daly but was encouraged to play it in C by Francie Donnellan.

The Steeplechase, X:8

Transcribed from the "Doorways And Windowsills" album by Antóin Mac Gabhann and Mick O’Connor.

The Steeplechase, X:9

This is based on Kenny’s setting but transposed up to D and with the necessary notes folded to make it suitable for a C whistle. Handy for sets with D Dorian of G dorian tunes.