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Tune ID#2670 (Farewell to Old Decency)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Farewell to Old Decency about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording KOS (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Farewell to Old Decency / [misspelled as:] Farewell to Old Decancy / For Sake of Old Dacency / For the Sake of Old Decency / De Ghrá na Sean-Mheasúlachta / Farewell to Decency / The Road to Old Decency / Bóthar na Measúlachta / Tommy Whelan's No. 9 (as Gan Ainm on BrdgGap) (misattributed to Paddy O'Brien the younger in book JKg 3)
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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).
~19612.18#1
[EMlny] Eddie Moloney. Eddie Moloney. Master Musician. Eddie Moloney (flute, fiddle, whistle, vocal). For this tune: (flute), with Tommy Coen (fiddle).
~19817#2
[KOS] James Kelly, Paddy O'Brien, Daithi Sproule. Traditional Music of Ireland. James Kelly (fiddle), Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Daithi Sproule (vocals, guitar).
19961#2
[BrdgGap] Kevin Moloney, Sean Moloney. Bridging the Gap. Kevin Moloney (fiddle), Sean Moloney (flute).
~20026#2
[Fns] Feenish. Rabharta. P.J. Hernon (accordion), Marcus Hernon (flute, whistle), Don Stiffe (vocals, guitar, whistle). For this tune: (C whistles).
~20141#1
[LoMulc 1] Louise Mulcahy. Tuning the Road. Louise Mulcahy (flute, pipes, whistle). For this tune: (D flute).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Small Hills of Offaly
KOS
Thomaisin O Dea's Reel
BrdgGap
Lively Wagtail
Fns
Played beforeOn Albums
Mary O'Neill's Fancy
BrdgGap
Trip to Peterswell
LoMulc 1

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 #192 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
As reel #106 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As reel #224 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
As tune #115 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): 1961