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Tune ID#610 (Farewell to Leitrim)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Farewell to Leitrim about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording HG (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABD Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Farewell to Leitrim / Lawson's Favorite / Lawson's / Lawson's Favourite / Lawsons Favourite / Fiddler's Frolic / Molloy's Favourite / Kennaw's Reel / Ríl Mhic Chionnaith / Take her Out and Air Her / Roll her in the Hay Stack / Hawthorn's Reel (2nd in set Reidy Johnson's on MC; 2nd in set Donovan's Reel on WW 1; 3rd in set Reidy Johnson's Reel on FidDel; mislabeled as Jenny Picking Cockles on A B) (also doubled)
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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).
19211.12#2
[MC] Michael Coleman. Michael Coleman 1891-1945. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
19242#3
19276#2
19389#1
[HG] Hugh Gillespie. Classic Recordings of Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. Hugh Gillespie (fiddle).
~19968#1
[A B] Altan. Blackwater. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle, vocals), Ciaran Tourish (fiddle, whistle, vocals), Dermot Byrne (accordion), Ciaran Curran (bouzouki, guitar-bouzouki), Mark Kelly (guitar, vocals), Dáithi Sproule (guitar, vocals).
199712#3
[JDr 3] Joe Derrane. The Tie that Binds. Joe Derrane (accordion). For this tune: with Frankie Gavin (fiddle).
~20007#2
[CLnn 1] Charlie Lennon. Time for a Tune. Charlie Lennon (fiddle, piano, drum).
200610#3
[MOR 2] Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. Inside Out. Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Hand Me Down the Tackle
MC, FidDel
Morning Star
WW 1
Stone in the Field
JDr 3
Merry Sisters
CLnn 1
O'Reilly's Greyhound
MOR 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Hand Me Down the Tackle
HG
Jenny Picking Cockles
A B
Dunboyne Straw Plaiters
MOR 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 #1307 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #570 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #64 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." [available]
As tune #279 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
On page 115 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #126 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