The Point Road jig

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

The Point Road has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Point Road has been added to 53 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Point Road
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
g/f/|:eAA eAA|geg gab|afd g2 b|afd g2 f|eAA geg|
eAA gab|afd gfe|1 f2 d d2 g/f/:|2 f2 d dcB||
A2 d dcd|fae fdB|caa ^ga=g|afg ecA|
Bff cfd|fge fdB|caa ^gaf|gec d2 c|
Bff cfd|fgd fdB|A2 c BdB|caf gec|
Add dcd|f/g/ae fdB|caa ^gaf|gec d3||
X: 2
T: The Point Road
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
eAA gfe|eAA gfe|fddg2b|afd g2f|
eAA eAA|gAg gab|afd gfe|ffd g2f||
eAA eAA|gAg ggg|afd g2b|afd g2f|
eAA eAA|gAg ggg|afd gfe|ffd d2B||
A2d dcd|f/g/af geB|caa ^ga=g|afg ecA|
Bff cfd|fge fdB|caa ^gaf|gec d2 A||
Bff cfd|fge fdB|A2 c BdB|caf gec|
A2d dcd|f/g/af geB|caa ^gaf|gec d3||

Three comments


The first part of the tune is B minorish, maybe more of a modal key, but the second part is very much D major. It still has two sharps, so it shouldn’t matter to much to melody players, you should be able to work it out. 🙂

This is as good a tune as you’ll get and it sounds especially great played on the mandolin. It was, in fact, written by Iain MacLeod (ex Shooglenifty) and can be found on the "Venus in Tweeds" album. It’s also used as the theme tune for the Sunday morning Gardening program on Radio Scotland—so you can pick out the tune and the weeds at the same time. 🙂

This is a superb tune

I’ve been having a go at it in the mandolin - there’s a tricky bit in the bar where it switches from G sharp to G natural and also two bars after that - but I’m persevering with it. The beauty and genius of Shooglenifty is that that make their tunes sound so relaxed and effortless - both Iain Macleod, who composed this, and Luke Plumb, the current mandolin player, have that same fluid touch to their playing. Angus Grant, the fiddle player and composer of many of the tunes, is also a genius!

This tunes also features in ‘The Nineties Collection. New Scottish Tunes in Traditional Style’ p.34 which gives the chords as
A | A | D | D |
A | A | D…
D | D | A | A | Bm |
Bm | A | AD |Bm | Bm |
A | A | D | D | A | D
or something along those lines

The Point Road, X:3

There are, of course, numberous variations of the tune but these are a couple of them. This is just two parts but written out withour repeats.