Da Road To Houll reel

By Tom Anderson

Also known as Da Road Ta Houll, Da Road To Houll, The Road To Houll.

There are 6 recordings of this tune.

Da Road To Houll has been added to 2 tune sets.

Da Road To Houll has been added to 29 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Da Road To Houll
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A2|:d2 fd A2 dA|GABG E2 FG|A2 A2 ABcd|f2 e2 e2 A2|
d2 fd A2 dA|GABG E2 FG|A2 A2 ABAG|1 F2 D2 D2 A2:|2 F2 D2 D2 fg||
a2 af d2 dA|BABd A2 F2|G2 B2 ABcd|f2 e2 e2 fg|
a2 af d2 dA|BABd A2 F2|G2 B2 ABAG|F2 D2 D2 fg|
a2 af d2 A2|BABd A2 F2|G2 B2 ABcd|f2 e2 e2 A2|
d2 fd A2 dA|GABG E2 FG|A2 A2 ABAG|F2 D2 D2 z2||

Seven comments

Da Road Ta Houll

A Shetland reel composed by the late Tom Anderson - fiddler, teacher, composer.

Da Rodd Ta Houll

Houll is a place on the small Shetland island of Whalsay, though I couldn’t swear that is the only place of that name in the Shetland Islands.

Da Road Ta Houll

On Track 5 of https://thesession.org/recordings/257/comments.

In "Haand Me Doon Da Fiddle" Tom Anderson says "Dis tun was written in 1936 whin I came up to Unst to visit a schoolmaister friend o’ mine. It happened it dat moarnin wis da prizegiving an I was axed to play at it. I guid fir a walk an da tun cam in me head. Da place I wis walkin ower wis caaed da Houll Road bit I tocht da Road ta Houll soonded better"

Re: Hurlits

An arrangement for fiddle ensemble (2 fiddle lines, cello, and chords) is available in Weaver MacFarlane’s Choon Book, a free download from cracklingsmarts.com.

(Actually, it isn’t yet. Send an email to graeme@cracklingsmarts.com if you want to receive a pdf of the arrangement. It is available to listen to in Soundcloud, though, and will be included in the next release of the Choon Book, probably by early October 2017.)

Audio file of this arrangement is available on Soundcloud (just search for Weaver MacFarlane).

Re: Da Road To Houll

I don’t think the X:1 version is *quite* right. When I’ve heard it played, bar 3 of the A part is | A2A2 ABde | and bars 3 and 11 of the B part are | G2B2 ABde |.

Re: Da Road To Houll

I tend to agree with you, Borderer, it sounds better the way you have it. The way it’s given above (X:1), however, is how Tom Anderson presented it in his 1970 collection ‘Da Mirrie Dancers’ AND his 1979 collection ‘Haand Me Doon da Fiddle’; and it’s also the way it was published in the ‘Tom Anderson Collection Vol.3’ (East Lothian 2013). So we might prefer it the way "our" way, the question of "rightness" is not black and white.

Re: Da Road To Houll

I agree that the ABde works better than ABcd but, as is often the case, it’s probably down to what one is used to hearing. If I played it with the ABcd run often enough I guess it would eventually sound right.