The Mountain Road

Reel (single reel), D, attributed to Michael Gorman (1895 – 1970)
TrailJams Tune of the Week for January 2, 2022

TrailJams Tune of the Week: The Mountain Road. Irish Reel. Play it together January 2, 2022.

This tune is attributed to Sligo fiddler Michael Gorman, who performed it with as many as 6 parts. Only the first two parts of the tune are usually played in sessions.


Dots (Music Notation)

As always for traditional tunes, the musical notation and chords do not indicate the “right” way to play the tune, but are a useful reference.

Sheet music for The Mountain Road, Irish reel, D Major.
Play from the Dots
Slow tempo 65bpm
Moderate tempo 85bpm


Examples of sets that include this tune.

  • The Mountain Road / Christmas Eve
  • The Mountain Road / The Galway Rambler / The Congress Reel
  • Castle Kelly / The Mountain Road / The Pigeon On The Gate

References and Resources

For those who want to dig deeper, here are some other resources.