The Gravel Walks jig

Also known as Gravel Walk, The Gravel Walk, The Gravel Walks, Gravil Walks, McConnell’s Gravel Walk.

There are 31 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Boys Of Malin (a few times), Colonel Thornton (a few times), The Glass Of Beer (a few times), The Highlander’s Farewell To Ireland (a few times) and The Hurricane (a few times).

The Gravel Walks has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Gravel Walks has been added to 196 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Gravel Walks
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
A2e cAA|~A3 dBG|A2e cee|g2e dBG|
A2e cAA|~A3 dBG|ABc def|g2e dBG:|
|:A2a gAf|AeA dBG|A2a gef|~g3 dBG|
A2a gAf|AeA dBG|ABc def|~g3 dBG:|
"Variations"
A2e cAe|AeA dBG|A2e cAe|~g3 dBG|
A2e cAe|AeA dBG|ABc def|g2e dBG:|
|:A2a gAf|AeA dBG|A2a gef|g2e dBG|
A2a gAf|AeA dBG|ABc def|~g3 dBG:|
X: 2
T: The Gravel Walks
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G|:A2e cAe|AeA dBG|A2e cAe|gfg dBG:|A2a gAf|
AeA dBG|A2a gAe|gfg dBG|A2a gAf|AeA dBG|
ABc efg|ded BAG||cA/2A/2A AEA|cBc dBG|cA/2A/2A AEA|
gfg dBG|cA/2A/2A AEA|c3 dBG|cA/2A/2A AEA|gfg dBG
|:c2g acg|cgB dBG|c2g ag/2g/2g|gfg dBG|c2g acg|cgB dBG
|1ABc efg|ded BAG:|2ea/2a/2a age|gfg dBG|
X: 3
T: The Gravel Walks
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
G|:A2e ^cAe|AeA dBG|A2e ^cAe|gfg dBG:|

Fourteen comments

Gravel Walks Jig

Cathal McConnell transformed the reel "The Gravel Walks" into a jig, which originally had 4 parts. Only two of them here.

Completed score

Here is what I believe to be closer to McConnell’s playing of the tune. I’m not sure I’m right about the keys I propose… Feel free to comment and enlighten me.
K: Dmaj
G|:A2e cAe|AeA dBG|A2e cAe|gfg dBG:|A2a gAf|
AeA dBG|A2a gAe|gfg dBG|A2a gAf|AeA dBG|
K: Gmaj
ABc efg|ded BAG||cA/2A/2A AEA|cBc dBG|cA/2A/2A AEA|
gfg dBG|cA/2A/2A AEA|c3 dBG|cA/2A/2A AEA|gfg dBG
|:c2g adg|dgB dBG|c2g ag/2g/2g|gfg DBG|c2g adg|dgB dBG
|1ABc efg|ded BAG:|2ea/2a/2a age|gfg dBG|

tunes to group with The Gravel Walk?

I’m learning a new tune, Gravel Walk (on mandolin) and I really would just like to get a bunch of input as to what you others might play with it. I don’t play in sessions, just sit in with my friends’ Irish band on occasion, at a local eatery. Thanks in advance

Re: tunes to group with The Gravel Walk?

Farewell to Erin

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Re: tunes to group with The Gravel Walk?

I just checked out Farewell to Erin (also Farewell to Ireland) on YouTube, and love it ! I printed it out here, and I’m on my way, Thanks !

Re: tunes to group with The Gravel Walk?

Its common in Donegal to go from Old Cuffe St.

https://thesession.org/tunes/961

into the Gravel Walks or vice-versa

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Re: tunes to group with The Gravel Walk?

We play Miss McLeod’s Reel before Gravel Walk. The contrast betweent he two tunes is striking.

Mike Keyes
http://www.mikekeyes.com

Re: tunes to group with The Gravel Walk?

Go to the tune here
https://thesession.org/tunes/42
and look in the comments section

else look up the recordings and see what they have paired it up with

Re: tunes to group with The Gravel Walk?

Boys of Malin

Re: tunes to group with The Gravel Walk?

I play The Mountain Top/Gravel Walk/The Longford Tinker in that order. Works for me.

Re: tunes to group with The Gravel Walk?

Boys of Malin would be my preference played before the Gravel Walks. Don’t forget to repeat the fourth part of Gravel Walks - I think most sessions do this and it’s a great part of the tune being in the key of "C".

Flute players

I don’t get how this tune is scary for flautists, it’s hard certainly but i managed it with a bit of practice and a lot of perseverance, and i’m a barely above average flautist

The Gravel Walks, X:3

In The Montreal area, we play the A section with a c#