The Scartaglen reel

Also known as Cronin’s, The Humors Of Newcastle, The Humours Of Scartaglen, The New Post Office, New Posthouse, New Road, The New Road, Noelle O’Connor’s, The Scarta Glen Road, Scartaglen Road, Tom Billy’s.

There are 43 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Banks Of The Ilen (a few times), The Banks Of The Illen (a few times), The Top Of The Maol (a few times), The Brosna (a few times) and The Dusty Miller (a few times).

The Scartaglen has been added to 22 tune sets.

The Scartaglen has been added to 251 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Scartaglen
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DFEF D2dB | cAAG EFFE | DFEF D2dB | cAGE EDD2
| DFEF D2dB | cAAG EFGE | Addc dfed | cAGE EDD2 :|
|:f3e fage | f2ge afde | effe fage |
fdec Add2 | f2fe fage | fdge afge |
fage dfed |1 dcAG EDD2 :|2 dcAG EFFE || "last time" D4z4 ||
X: 2
T: The Scartaglen
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DFEF D2Ad | cAGF EFGD | F3E DFAd | cAGF EFGE |
DFEF D2Ad | cAGF EFGD | Addc d2ed |
|1 cAGF EFGE :|2 cAGE EDD2 :|
|:f3e fage | f2df afde | f3e fage | fdec Add2 |
f3e fage | f2df afde | fage d2ed | cAGF EFGE :|
X: 3
T: The Scartaglen
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:DFEF D2 Ad | cAAG EFGE | DFEF D2 Ad | cAGE FD D2
DFEF D2 Ad | cAAG EFGE | Addc dfed | cAGE FD D2||
|:f3e fdge | fdge afde | f3e fage |f2 ec Add2 |
f3e fdge | fdge afde |fage dfed |cAGE FD D2 :||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 4
T: The Scartaglen
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:DFEF D2 Ad | cAAG EFGE | DFEF D2 Ad | cAGE AD D2
DFEF D2 Ad | cAAG EFGE | Addc dfed | cAGE ED D2:||
|f3e fdge | fdge afde | f3e fage |f2 ec Add2 |
f3e fdge | fdge afde |fage dfed |cAGE AD D2|
| f3e fdge | fdge afde | f3e fage |f2 ec Add2 |
f3e fdge | fdge afde |fage dfec |dcAGEFGE|

Nine comments

This tunes is often played after The Banks of the Ilen. Both tunes are of Kerry/Cork origin and were recorded by Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford.

For me, the first five notes of this tune make it. I remember hearing it for the first time in Friel’s pub, Milltown Malbay in 1999. By the time the next tune came around, it had dissolved into thin air (like tunes do), except those first five notes, which stayed lodged in my brain as firmly as a plastic Excalibur in a block of quick-set cement.

Tommy Peoples has a version with C-natural (D mixolydian), called The New Road.

I like the beginning DFEF better.

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Sorry, that’s what I meant. I’ve corrected the abc - ignore the sheet music.

The new road

this tune is in oneills as the new road but like the tommy people version has the c’s a la naturelle. thats the only difference i can see the rest of the dots are basically very similar
any explanations i wonder?

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The Chieftains

On the Chieftains’ "Water From the Well" CD, track 8, 3rd tune in set, it sounds like they play this single (without repeats).

Just transcribed the Deanta setting from a friend.

X: 1
T: The Scarta Glen Road
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
S: Deanta
K: Dmaj
DFEF D2Ad | cAGF EFGD | F3E DFAd | cAGF EFGE |
DFEF D2Ad | cAGF EFGD | Addc d2ed |
|1 cAGF EFGE :|2 cAGE EDD2 :|
|:f3e fage | f2df afde | f3e fage | fdec Add2 |
f3e fage | f2df afde | fage d2ed | cAGF EFGE :|

I’ve just made two corrections to the abc, in bars 13 and 14.

The Scartaglen, X:4

This is the version with the B part that leads right back into the A part, great fun. To end the third repetition, just replay the first ending in the B part instead of that "lead-in" ending. Sorry, didn’t know how to stick that alternative into ABC notation.