The Turnpike reel

Also known as An Sleán, The Halfway House.

There are 18 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Boys Of Malin (a few times), The Dawn (a few times), The Dublin (a few times), Miss Thornton’s (a few times) and The Shetland Fiddler (a few times).

The Turnpike has been added to 10 tune sets.

The Turnpike has been added to 143 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Turnpike
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
A2cA B2AF|E3F ABce|a2ge faec|cBBA B2cB|
A2cA B2AF|E3F ABce|a2ge faec|BABc A4:|
E2GE BEGE|A2cA eAcA|B2^dB fBdB|e2ge bege|
agae faec|defg a2fg|a2ge faec|BABc A4:|
X: 2
T: The Turnpike
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:GABG A2 GE |DB,DE GABd |~g3d e2dB |cABG AGED |GABG A2 GE |DB,DE GABd |
~g3d e2dB |cAFA G4:|D2 FD ADFD|G2BG dGB^G|A2^cA eA^cA | d~f3 a~f3 |g3d e
3d |B=cde fgef |gafg efed| =cAFA G2 (3DEF||
X: 3
T: The Turnpike
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2BG A2GE|D3E GABd|g2fd egdB|BAAG AdBA|
G2BG A2GE|D3E GABd|g2fd egdB|AGAB G4:|
gfgd egdB|G2BG gGBG|gfgd egdB|A/A/ABG ABcd|
ggfg egdB|cdef g2fg|gfgd egdB|AGAB G4:||
X: 4
T: The Turnpike
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:GABG ABGE |D3E GABd |gfgd (3efg dB |cABG AGEF
|GABG ABGE |D3E GABd |gfgd (3efg dB |cAFA G4:|
D2 FD ADFD|G2BG dGBG|A2^cA eA^cA | df f2 af f2 |
gfgd (3efg dB |cBAB cdef |gfgd (3efg dB| =cAFA G2 (3DEF||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 5
T: The Turnpike
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:(3EFG|ABcA BGAF|ECEF Aceg|agae fdec|(3dcB cA BAFG|
ABcA BGAF|ECEF Aceg|agae fdec|dBGB A2:|
|:AF|E2GE BEGB| A2cA eAcA|B2^dB fBdB|e2ge bege|
(aga)e fdec|defg a2fg|((3aga) af gece|dBGB A2:|

Eleven comments

The Turnpike

A Scottish version playing with Capercaillie on Sidewaulk

Composer

Does anyone know who composed this tune?
ME and my band are putting a cd together, and we need to credit it!

This is also heard on Ceol Aduaidh

This is the first tune in track 11 of the above album by Frankie Kennedy and Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh. They don’t give the name of the tune though…

This is also heard on Ceol Aduaidh (2)

Forgot to mention that the credits on this album say that Frankie and Mairead got this tune from Tommy Peoples.

G Setting

A G Maj setting picked from a session tape:

|:GABG A2 GE |DB,DE GABd |~g3d e2dB |cABG AGED |GABG A2 GE |DB,DE GABd |
~g3d e2dB |cAFA G4:|D2 FD ADFD|G2BG dGB^G|A2^cA eA^cA | d~f3 a~f3 |g3d e
3d |B=cde fgef |gafg efed| =cAFA G2 (3DEF||

I find it’s nice to slide into the first G sharp in the B part

Karen Tweed has this as a hornpipe, I think it sounds nice either way myself.

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The New Turnpike

This is my version of the tune, my ear wouldn’t agree with the 2nd part (too contrived and at odds with the drones) so I totally rewrote it, using fragments from the original. I hope you find it acceptable, there’s plenty of room in it for variation anyhow.
(It’s in G to keep all instrumentalists happy)

X: 1
T: New Turnpike, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
G2BG A2GE|D3E GABd|g2fd egdB|BAAG AdBA|
G2BG A2GE|D3E GABd|g2fd egdB|AGAB G4:|
gfgd egdB|G2BG gGBG|gfgd egdB|A/A/ABG ABcd|
ggfg egdB|cdef g2fg|gfgd egdB|AGAB G4:||

Re: The Turnpike

The tune turns up in Coles’ 1000 fiddle tunes - page 7

Re: The Turnpike

The B part sounds a lot like the B part of Uncle Henry’s Reel.

The Turnpike, X:5

I’ve added a version transcribed (to the best of my ability) from the version on the Ceol Aduaidh album, as it’s different to the settings already here.