The New Road reel

Also known as An Bóthar Nua, Roland’s College Grove.

There are 16 recordings of this tune.

The New Road appears in 5 other tune collections.

The New Road has been added to 5 tune sets.

The New Road has been added to 89 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The New Road
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
D2FA d2dB|cAAG Eccd|DEFA dged|cAAG ED (3A,B,^C|
DEFA dged|cAAG Ec (3ccc|ABcA d2ed|cAGE ED (3DDD|
d2 fg afge|cdef ge^ce|d2 (3efg agfa|gfga fdfg|
a2df afdf|ge^ce fgfe|d2 (3efg agfa|gfga fdde|
~f2de fAgf|eA^cA ~g3a|~f2de fafg|fde^c Adde|
~f2de fAgf|eA^cA gafg|afge (3B^cd ed|^cAGE ED (3A,B,^C|
X: 2
T: The New Road
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DFED dfed|cAGF Ec c2|DFED dfed|cAGE FD D2||
defg afdB|cdef gecA|defg agfa|gecd eddf|
afdf afdf|gece gfge|defg agfa|gecd ed d2||
fefg fagf|eAce g2 ag|fede fage|fdec Adde|
fede fagf|eAce g2 fg|afge dfed|cAGE FD D2||
# Added by Moxhe .
X: 3
T: The New Road
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:FDFA d3B|=cAGE Cc c2|DEFA dfed|cAGE EDDE|
FDFA d3B|=cAGD Ec c2|AB=cA dfed|1 cAGE EDDE:|2 cAGE EDD2||
|:defg afge|=cdef g2 fe|defg adfa|geag eddf|
afdf adfa|gece g2 fe|defg a2 fa|1 geag eddA:|2 geag edde||
fdde fddf|eAAf g4|fade fage|fded Adde|
fdde fddf|eAAf g2 fg|a2 ge dfed|cAAG EFGE||
X: 4
T: The New Road
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
DE=FA d2ed|~c3A Gc~c2|ABcA dged|cAGE EDD2|
afdf afdf|gece (fg)fg|afdf afbf|afeg fdd2|
afdf afdf|gece (fg)fe|defg afbf|afeg fddA|
f2de fagf|eABA g2ag|(3agf dc dfed|cAGE EDDA|
f2de fagf|eABA g2fg|afge d2ed|cAGE EDDC|
X: 5
T: The New Road
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:DEFA ~d3B|cAAG Ec (3ccc|DEFA dfed|cAGE EDCE|
DEFA ~d3B|cAAG Ec (3ccc|ABcA d2 ed|1 cAGE EDCE:|2 cAGE EDD2||
defg afge|cdef gefe|defg a2ge|afge fd (3efg|
afdf afdf|gece g2fe|defg afbf|af (3efg fede||
f2de fdgf|eA (3AAA g2af|gfde fage|fde^c Adde|
f2de fdgf|eA (3AAA g2fg|afge de^cA|BdAG FAEA||

Seventeen comments

The New Road

This is the first tune in a medley of three played by Maeve Donnelly. The third tune in this set I posted a few days ago, and is called “Delia Crowley’s.” Once I can post the last tune in the medley, I think you all will find it makes a smashing set!

There are many variations on this tune I have found, but this version is the one Maeve plays on her recording, “Maeve Donnelly.”



Tune evolution

This is in O’Neill’s collection, and it’s recognizeably the same tune, with a little imagination - but I’d love to see versions in between that and this. Is anybody familiar with any??

This recording is roughly a 3-part single reel, and has beautiful flow. As written down by O’Neill, it’s a 2-part single reel that’s kind of grindey-repetetive. I can’t help but like Maeve Donnelly’s tune better (that’s a great album altogether!), but I’d be really interested to know how much of that is her personal variation and how much of that might be common to people who know the tune.

So here’s my question: who knows this tune in a non-Donnelly version, and what’s it like?

Paddy Fahy version

I believe this particular version of the tune comes from the playing of Paddy Fahy. Charlie Piggott and Gerry Harrington also recorded the same version of the tune and cite Fahy as the source in the notes of the recording. I haven’t got her recording, but it’s not unlikely Maeve Donnelly picked it up from her fellow East Galway fiddler. I heard another East Galway fiddler Breda Keville play it on the radio.

There’s a version in CRE vol 4 (113) from a manuscript by Sean Reid. That is I think a closer version to the one Claire and Breda Keville play on ‘The Hop Down’, that version shows a close relation with Corney is Coming.

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it actually starts at about 9:09

The New Road, X:2

Here is the version published by O’Neill in Dance Music of Ireland - 1001 Gems (1907), p. 98, no. 523 as New Road, An Botar nuad.

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The New Road, X:3

X:3 A fairly close transcription of the setting recorded by Charlie Piggott and Gerry Harrington on the album of the same name. Note the variations in the A part–bars 2-3 versus 5-7–played consistently three times through. The fiddle and box diverge somewhat in the C part. The setting here is what my ear took as the basic melody I’m driving across Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi for work this week and getting reacquainted with some favorite recordings. This has always been a standout for the confident, lilting sweetness of the playing. I wish Charlie Piggott would record more!

Roland’s College Grove

I got this wonderful reel off the new album of fiddler Jimmy Power’s music called “Go Home And Have Your Dinner”. As with many other tunes, the juxtaposition of F-naturals and F-sharps in the first part here is very effective. It’s a rather dramatic tune, and I find the first and third parts to be particularly so. I don’t see much similarity with the usual “College Groves” except perhaps in the second parts of both tunes. I assume “Roland” refers either to Imelda or to Raymond - wonder which one? Either way, this needs to be played more often.

Re: Roland’s College Grove

Now that tune I’ve always known as “The New Road”. You’ll find a setting in “O’Neill’s 1001”.

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Re: Roland’s College Grove

Thanks Kenny. Perhaps this setting should be added to that tune?

Re: Roland’s College Grove

It’s a fairly distinctive setting to my mind, but I agree with Kenny that this is The New Road, which happens already to be here: This setting could be merged with that tune, I think.

Another Gerry Harrington and Charlie Piggott variant

Transcribed from a recent performance.

T: New Road, The
Z: MarkP
S: Charlie Piggott and Gerry Harrington (Leeds, Jan 2019)
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmajl
|:ADFA d3B|=cAGE Cc c2|DEFA dfed|cAGE EDD2|
A,DFA d3B|=cAGE Ec c2|AB=cA dfed|cAGE EDD2:|
|:defg afge|=cdef g2 fe|defg ~a3f|geag edda|
afdf adfa|gece g2 fe|defg ~a3|geag eddA:|
|f2de fdgf|eABA g3e|fade fage| fdec Adde|
f2de fddf|eABA g2 fg|afge dfed|cAAG EFGB|]