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Tune ID#1899 (A Thousand Farewells)

Transcription of first 2 bars of A Thousand Farewells about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording TF (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
A Thousand Farewells / 10,000 Farewells / Brendan Tone Rowe's / Rowe's Jig / Toneroe's No. 2 / Bill the Weaver's Jig / Bill the Weaver (mislabeled as The Shores of Lough Gowna on ST BST reissue; 1st in Bill the Weaver Set on BBow 4) (misattributed to B. Tonerowe [sic] in book JKg 3) (composed by Seán Ryan)
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Discography cd

Here are all recordings of this tune considering only the indexed recordings. I have discovered by careful listening that these sources are in fact musically the same tune, regardless of the tune titles they use, key changes, retuning, etc.

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Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
~19719#2
19962#1
[TF] Martin Dowling, Christine Dowling, Daithi Sproule. A Thousand Farewells. Martin Dowling (fiddle), Christine Dowling (flute, vocals), Daithi Sproule (guitar).
~200211#2
[MaRaf] Mary Rafferty. Hand-Me-Downs. Mary Rafferty (accordion, concertina, flute, whistle). For this tune: (flute), with Mike Rafferty (flute).
~20037#1
[TapRT] The Tap Room Trio. The Tap Room Trio. Harry Bradley (flute, piccolo), Jesse Smith (fiddle), John Blake (guitar, piano, flute).
~20115#2
[JCtBRn] John Carty and Brian Rooney. At Complete Ease. John Carty (fiddle, tenor guitar), Brian Rooney (fiddle).
~20146#2
[4StarT 2] Four Star Trio. Magnetic South. Johnny McCarthy (fiddle, flute, whistle, vocals, guitar), Con Ó Drisceoil (accordion, melodeon, vocals, piano), Pat Herring Ahern (guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, ukulele).
20156#1
[BBow 4] Buttons and Bows. The Return of Spring. Jackie Daly (accordion), Séamus McGuire (fiddle, viola), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Garry O'Briain (guitar, mandocello, piano).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Willie Coleman's
ST BST
Ned Coleman's
MaRaf
Old John's Jig
JCtBRn
An Seanchaí Muimhneach
4StarT 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Brendan Tonra's
TF
Dooney Rock
TapRT
Follow Me Down to Carlow
4StarT 2
Sliabh Russell
BBow 4

Bibliography

Here are all transcriptions of this tune considering only the indexed books, listed in chronological order. I have discovered by careful comparison that these are musical matches to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #211 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As jig #94 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 12 of [SR] Brian Ryan. The Hidden Ireland. The First Selection of Irish Traditional Compositions of Seán Ryan. [available]
As jig #68 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
As tune #236 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [available]

If you are considering using the above transcriptions to help you learn this tune, I invite you to check these practical Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music. See also: So why do you bother indexing books and abc?

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1971