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Tune ID#606 (Farewell to Erin)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Farewell to Erin about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MC (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Farewell to Erin / Farewell to Ireland / Slán le hÉirinn / The Flying Column / An Colún Reatha / Austin Tierney's / Austin Tierneys / Ríl Austin Tierney / Ríl Aibhistín Uí Thiarnaigh / Ríl Áistín Uí Thiarnaigh / The Cherry Tree / The Maid in the Cherry Tree / Maid in the Cherry Tree / Maid in a Cherry Tree / Down with the Tea Tacklings / The Flags of Dublin(1st in set The Savoy on KCB 6) (also with parts reversed, also in G or E) (compare The London Lasses #1147)
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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).
19212.23#2
[MC] Michael Coleman. Michael Coleman 1891-1945. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
192611#1
~19748#1
[KCB 3] [The Kilfenora Ceili Band]. [The Kilfenora Céilí Band].
~19779#1
~19771#2
[FG 1] Frankie Gavin and Alec Finn. Frankie Gavin and Alec Finn. Frankie Gavin (fiddle, whistle), Alec Finn (bouzouki).
198712#2
[BBow 2] Buttons and Bows. The First Month of Summer. Séamus McGuire (fiddle, viola), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Jackie Daly (accordion, concertina, whistle).
~19886#1
[NH 1] Noel Hill. The Irish Concertina. Noel Hill (concertina).
19907#2
~19931#1
[JCnly 1] Johnny Connolly. An tOileán Aerach. Johnny Connolly (melodeon). For this tune: (C melodeon).
~199511#2
[CDrny 3] Chris Droney. The Fertile Rock. Chris Droney (accordion).
~199610#2
[JCt 2] John Carty. Last Night's Fun. John Carty (fiddle, banjo, flute).
~199910#1
[BCB 2] The Bridge Céilí Band. Sparks on Flags. Tom Ahearne (fiddle), Robert Gleeson (fiddle), Karen Gavigan (fiddle), Carthage Daly (fiddle), Catherine McHugh (fiddle), James Kinsella (accordion), Fionnuala Gleeson (flute), Eugene Nolan (flute), Pat O'Meara (piano, synthesizer), Liam McCormack (drums, bodhrán).
~20005#1
[OMBFMO] Oisín Mac Diarmada, Brian Fitzgerald, Micheál Ó Ruanaigh. Traditional Music on Fiddle, Banjo and Harp. Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle), Brian Fitzgerald (banjo), Micheál Ó Ruanaigh (harp).
~20029#1
[KCB 6] The Kilfenora Céilí Band. Live in Lisdoonvarna. Anne Rynne (fiddle), Conor McCarthy (accordion), Garry Shannon (flute), Tim Collins (concertina), Sheila Garry (fiddle), Fintan McMahon (piano), Anne Marie McCormack (fiddle), John Lynch (banjo), Sean Griffin (drums), Anthony Quigney (flute).
~20021.5#1
[MSCB] Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton (accordion), Caroline Tubridy (fiddle), Pat Curtin (flute), Brian Morgan (flute), Ralph Morgan (banjo), George Byrt (piano), Martin Garrihy (drums).
~20056#3
[JCt 5] John Carty. I Will If I Can. John Carty (banjo, guitar, fiddle). For this tune: (banjo).
~20056#2
[MulcFam2] Mick, Louise & Michelle Mulcahy. Notes from the Heart. Mick Mulcahy (accordion, melodeon), Louise Mulcahy (flute, pipes), Michelle Mulcahy (fiddle, concertina, harp, piano). For this tune: (C pipes), (fiddle).
200612#3
[NNW] Eliot Grasso and Dave Cory. North-by-NorthWest. Eliot Grasso (pipes, flute), Dave Cory (banjo, guitar, octave mandolin).
~20093#2
[JWynn 2] John Wynne. Ar nós na Gaoithe. Like the Wind. John Wynne (flute).
~201112#1
[DdBzz] Mick O'Brien and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. Deadly Buzz. Aoibhinn Crónán. Mick O'Brien (pipes, whistle, flute), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (hardanger fiddle, fiddle, whistle). For this tune: (hardanger fiddle), (Bb pipes).
20129#1
[CtNGn] Caitlín Nic Gabhann. Caitlín. Caitlín Nic Gabhann (concertina, dance).
~20155#1
[AtMcGn 2] Antóin MacGabhann, with Charlie Lennon. Tunesmith. Antóin MacGabhann (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Farewell to Ireland
MC, JCt 2, JWynn 2
Martin Wynne's
FG 1
Piper's Despair
BBow 2
Lament for Staker Wallace
MLIIA
Noon Lasses
CDrny 3
Charlie Mulvihill's Reel
MulcFam2
McDermott's
JCt 5
Drunken Tinker
NNW
Played beforeOn Albums
I'm Waiting for You
KCB 3, MSCB
Wexford Lasses
ECst
Milliner's Daughter
BBow 2
Long Strand
NH 1
Miss McLeod
JCnly 1
Music in the Glen
BCB 2
Morning Star
OMBFMO
Glen Allen
KCB 6
Maid in the Cherry Tree
DdBzz
Eel in the Sink
CtNGn
Tim Maloney's
AtMcGn 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 #1472 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #701 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #73 in volume 3 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #17 in volume 3 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On page 146 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #111 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [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