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Tune ID#3233 (Follow Me Down to Carlow)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Follow Me Down to Carlow about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording COC (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars4-bar phrase structureMode ?
Slide48AABBCCA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Follow Me Down to Carlow / Follow Me Up to Carlow / The Slopes of Sliabh Luachra (3rd part is credited to Pádraig O'Keeffe; also as jig) (compare as song #657 and as reel #656)
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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).
19981#2
[CBnds] The County Bounds. Paudie O'Connor (accordion), Noeleen O'Connor (fiddle).
~20005#1
[COC] Connie O'Connell. Ceol Cill na Martra (Music from Cill Na Martra). Connie O'Connell (fiddle). For this tune: with Eibhlín (flute).
~200011#1
[MotS 3] Monks of the Screw Trio. Brathar na nÓl. Paudy Scully (flute), Dan Curtain [Curtin] (fiddle), Tim Browne (fiddle).
~20146#3
[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).
~20146#1
[MCrJD 2] Jackie Daly and Matt Cranitch. Rolling On. Jackie Daly (accordion), Matt Cranitch (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Páití Leary's
CBnds
A Thousand Farewells
4StarT 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Pádraig O'Keeffe's
COC
Thade Guiney's
MotS 3
Rural Felicity
MCrJD 2

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 #325 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [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): 1993