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Tune ID#608 (Farewell to Ireland)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Farewell to Ireland about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording PitS (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel64AABBCCDDA Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Farewell to Ireland / Farewell to Erin (2nd in set The Low Highland on Fdl 2; mislabeled as The Youngest Daughter on PK 1; mislabeled as Kid on the Mountain on some reissues of BB 2) (also singled) (compare distantly #5443)
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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).
19385#1
[IFM] Past Masters of Irish Fiddle Music. Frank O'Higgins (fiddle).
196718#1
[PitS] Paddy in the Smoke. Jimmy Power (fiddle), Lucy Farr (fiddle), Andy Boyle (fiddle).
~197512#2
[PK 1] Paddy Keenan. Paddy Keenan. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (whistle).
~197511#1
[SK 1] Seán Keane. Gusty's Frolicks. Seán Keane (fiddle).
19763#1
[BB 2] The Bothy Band. Old Hag You Have Killed Me. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Matt Molloy (flute, whistle), Kevin Burke (fiddle), Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill (vocals, clavinet, harmonium), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (vocals, guitar), Donal Lunny (vocals, bouzouki, guitar, bodhrán).
19768#1
[BB 6] The Bothy Band. Live in Concert. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Matt Molloy (flute), Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Peter Browne (pipes), Dónal Lunny (bouzouki), Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill (vocals, clavinet), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (vocals, guitar). For this tune: 1st time Kevin Burke (fiddle).
~197611#1
[TP 2] Tommy Peoples and Paul Brady. The High Part of the Road. Tommy Peoples (fiddle), Paul Brady (guitar).
19784#1
[BB 4] The Bothy Band. After Hours. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Matt Molloy (flute), Dónal Lunny (vocals, bouzouki, guitar, bodhrán), Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill (vocals, keyboards, bodhrán), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (vocals, guitar, keyboards). For this tune: 1st time Kevin Burke.
19921#2
[DOEI] Dear Old Erin's Isle. Irish Traditional Music from America. Eileen Ivers (fiddle), Seamus Egan (flute).
~199612#2
[ST ES] Seamus Tansey. Easter Snow. Seamus Tansey (flute).
199810#1
[CFF 2] Kevin Burke / Johnny Cunningham / Christian Lemaître / Soïg Siberil. Celtic Fiddle Festival Encore. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Johnny Cunningham (fiddle), Christian Lemaître (fiddle), Soïg Siberil (guitar).
~20097#2
[Fdl 2] Fidil. 3. Ciarán Ó Maonaigh (fiddle), Aidan O'Donnell (fiddle), Damien McGeehan (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Paddy Taylor's Reel
PK 1
Noisy Curlew
DOEI
Farewell to Ireland
ST ES
Low Highland
Fdl 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Scotch Mary
IFM
High Reel
PitS
Wheels of the World
SK 1
Foxhunter's Reel
CFF 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 #805 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 69 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #55 in [LPF] Eithne and Brian Vallely. Learn to Play the Fiddle with Armagh Pipers Club. [available]
On pages 101-102 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As tune #12 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On pages 22-23 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On pages 32-33 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #91 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [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): 1907