The Road To Cashel reel

Also known as An Biadana, The Cabin Hunter, The Chestnut Tree.

There are 32 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Bloom Of Youth (a few times), Charlie Lennon’s (a few times), Frances John McGovern (a few times), The Humours Of Lissadell (a few times) and Molloy’s Favourite (a few times).

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

The Road To Cashel has been added to 165 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The Road To Cashel
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
FEED E2E2|FE~E2 deBd|FEED E2BA|1 FDD2 dABd:|2 FAdA BdAd||
~B3d fgfe|dfab afed|(3Bcd ge ~f3e|dBAF FEE2|
~B3d fgfe|dfab afef|bf~f2 af~f2|bfaf edBA||
X: 2
T: The Road To Cashel
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
FEED E3B|FE~E2 F2AB|FEED E2BA|1 FDD2 B/c/dAB:|2 FDD2 B/c/dAd||!
BA B/c/d egfe|d2ab afed|B/c/d ge ~f3e|dBAF FEE2|!
BA B/c/d egfe|d2ab afed|bf~f2 afef|bfaf edBA|!
X: 3
T: The Road To Cashel
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|FEED ~E3B|FE~E2 dFAB|FEED E2BA|FDDA B/c/d Ac|
BEED ~E3B|FE~E2 dFAB|FEED E2BA|FDDA B/c/d Ac|
~B2d e2fe|dfab afed|Bdge ~f3e|dBAF BE~E2|
~B2d e2fe|dfab afef|bf~f2 afef|bfaf edBA||
X: 4
T: The Road To Cashel
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
FEED ~E3G | FE~E2 FABA | FEED ~E3 G | FDDc dABA :|!
~B3d ef{a}fe|df~f2 afed|Bdge ~f3e|dBAF {G}FE{F}ED|!
~B3d ef{a}fe|df ~f2 aefa|bf~f2 aefa|bfaf edBA|!
X: 5
T: The Road To Cashel
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:FEED E2EG|FEE2 DFAB|FEED B,EGE|FD (3DDD FABA|
FEED E2EG|FEE2 DFAB|FE (3EEE EFGE|FADF ADFA:|
|:B3B d (3efg fe|defa afed|B3B gf2f|dBAd BE2E|
BABd e^def|dfab adfa|bf2f af2f|bfaf edBA| FEDE2:|
X: 6
T: The Road To Cashel
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:FEED E3B|FE E2 deBd|FEED E2BA|FDD2 dABd|
FEED E3B|FE E2 deBd|FEED E2BA|FAdA BdAd||
|:B3d fgfe|dfab afed|(3Bcd ge f3e|dBAF FEE2|
B3d fgfe|dfab afef|bf f2 af f2|bfaf edBA||
# Added by JACKB .

Twelve comments

The Road To Cashel

Not to be confused with the similar but nevertheless different "Cabin Hunter" https://thesession.org/tunes/1183. This one’s a Charlie Lennon composition. I’ve transcribed it direct from a session recording.

Kevin Burke’s setting

This tune was misnamed "The Cabin Hunter" on Kevin Burke’s recording "Up Close," though he did credit Charlie as the composer. Kevin’s version is the one most people play even though it’s differs a bit from Charlie’s original idea. It turns out this was among Charlie’s first compositions done in the 1970s. The Road to Cashel is where he rode his bike with his fiddle under his arm to the céilí dances of his youth.

Here’s the ABCs for Kevin Burke’s setting:

X:1
T:Road To Cashel, The
S:Kevin Burke ‘Up Close’
Z:Jack Gilder
M:4/4
L:1/8
R:reel
K:Edor
FEED E3B|FE~E2 F2AB|FEED E2BA|1 FDD2 B/c/dAB:|2 FDD2 B/c/dAd||!
BA B/c/d egfe|d2ab afed|B/c/d ge ~f3e|dBAF FEE2|!
BA B/c/d egfe|d2ab afed|bf~f2 afef|bfaf edBA|!

Some people claim that the 2 tunes are the same and that Lennon is claiming a trad tune as his own composition, but I think that’s grossly unfair. Really they’re no more similar to each other than, say, "The Flowers Of Red Hill" and "The Merry Harriers". I think that the A-parts are very similar, but the B-parts are completely different. I think "The Road To Cashel" is the nicer tune, with its more imaginative B-part that moves more and covers a wider range. The B-part of "The Cabin Hunter" is very like "The Pigeon On The Gate". At least K.B. credited Lennon with its composition I suppose.

And then there’s those two we were talking about the other day, Nervous Man and Bill McEvoy’s No1.

T:Road to Sashel, The
M:4/4
L:1/8
S:Grey Larsen & Andre Marchand - The Orange Tree
R:reel
Z:gian marco pietrasanta
K:EDor
|FEED ~E3B|FE~E2 dFAB|FEED E2BA|FDDA B/c/d Ac|
BEED ~E3B|FE~E2 dFAB|FEED E2BA|FDDA B/c/d Ac|
~B2d e2fe|dfab afed|Bdge ~f3e|dBAF BE~E2|
~B2d e2fe|dfab afef|bf~f2 afef|bfaf edBA||

Danu

X:1
Danu’s take on this great tune

X:1
T:Road To Cashel, The
S:Danu - All Things Considered
Z:DJF
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:Edor
FEED ~E3G | FE~E2 FABA | FEED ~E3 G | FDDc dABA :|!
~B3d ef{a}fe|df~f2 afed|Bdge ~f3e|dBAF {G}FE{F}ED|!
~B3d ef{a}fe|df ~f2 aefa|bf~f2 aefa|bfaf edBA|!

The Tar Road To Sligo

This is just the first tune I added so I hope I did it all right!

Tune

Just realised that there’s no other reel by this name.
Maybe I got it wrong?
Does anyone know a tune like this by a different name?

Sarah - The sheet music isn’t displaying properly (only the A-part shows up). I think you need to remove the space between the A- and B-parts.

I agree with Slainte - it looks like a version of The Road to Cashel.