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Tune ID#603 (Far from Home)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Far from Home about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Ch W (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Far from Home / Tom Billy's / Johnny Todd / Patsy Hanley's / The Windy Gap (2nd in set Far from Home on Yanks 2) (also as hornpipe in F) (compare distantly Far from Home #4486)
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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).
1984A.1#1
[Boys 12] Boys of the Lough. Far from Home. Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathal McConnell (flute, whistle), Dave Richardson (concertina, mandolin, cittern), Tich Richardson (guitar).
~199812#2
[FFH] Far From Home. Tri. Turner Collins (accordion, whistle, vocals), Bob Newton (octave mandolin, mandocello, bodhrán, vocals), Daithi Wolfe (fiddle).
20008#1
[Ch W] The Chieftains. Water from the Well. Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle, accordion), Derek Bell (harp, harpsichord, piano, tiompán), Seán Keane (fiddle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán, vocals), Matt Molloy (flute). For this tune: with Ashley MacIsaac (dance, fiddle), Seamus Begley (accordion), Laurence Courtney (banjo), Eoin Ó Beaglaoich (concertina).
~201113#2
[FlgMem] Andrew Mac Namara, Orla Harrington, Jim Higgins. Flagstone Memories. Orla Harrington (fiddle), Andrew Mac Namara (accordion), Jim Higgins (piano, percussion).
20141.9#2
[Yanks 2] The Yanks. Haymaker. Dan Gurney (accordion), Dylan Foley (fiddle, whistle), Sean Earnest (guitar, bouzouki), Isaac Alderson (flute, pipes, tenor saxophone, whistle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Trip to Pakistan
FFH
Travers' Reel
FlgMem
Humours of Tullycrine
Yanks 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Gladstone
Ch W
Páidín Ó Raifeartaigh
Yanks 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 #1261 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #530 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 107 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #59 in [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
As tune #59 in [DM 3] Dave Mallinson. 100 Evergreen Irish Session Tunes. [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): 1903