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Sheet Music: The High Road to Linton

TitleThe High Road to Linton
Alternate titlesAn Bóthar Mór go Linton
Highway to Linton
Kitty Got a Clinking
Cuddle in a Boasie
The Leinster Highroad
ComposerTraditional Scottish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyA major
RangeA4–A5
Time signature4/4
Tempo160 BPM
Performance time0:50
Difficulty levelintermediate
Download printable scorePDF Sheet Music (45 kB) (preview)
Download audio tracksMIDI (2 kB) (change tempo) MP3 (602 kB)
Date added2011-04-29
Last updated2011-04-29
CategoriesCeltic Music, Reels, Traditional/Folk

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Friday 29 April 2011

Tune of the Day: The High Road to Linton

Traditional Scottish tune

Linton is a small town in the Borders region of Scotland and England, strategically located in the center of lowland Scotland. It was a major hub for the old drove road network that fed Highland cattle to the lucrative English markets, and was as much a “cattle town” as any in the American wild west. The “high road” of the title probably refers to an old drove road, also known as “The Thieves Road” due to the numerous bandits which often plagued those who traveled it.

The third and fourth parts of the tune are frequently attributed to the late Scottish dance bandleader and piano accordion player Bobby MacLeod of Tobermory, although, as pointed out by Nigel Gatherer, MacLeod himself did not definitively claim them as his own.