Road to Durham, The


Cathal McConnell, 'The Great One', gave me this tune, and he also gave it the above title. Recently, I discovered that the other 'Great One', Liz Carroll, had recorded her rendition of the tune on her long-playing record A Friend Indeed. Liz informed us in the liner notes of the recording that Armin Barnett and David Molk composed the tune while driving to Durham, New York. Liz called this smashing tune 'The Ride to Durham', and her playing is a delight to listen to. The lovely fiddle playing of John Daly from County Cork is heard on this track as he remains true to the version from the tape of Cathal McConnell's flute playing. John's fiddle playing is also a delight to hear.


Séamus Connolly
Boston College Libraries
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Daly, John (fiddle) et al., “The Road to Durham,” The Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music, accessed July 16, 2024,