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Tune ID#611 (Farewell to Miltown)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Farewell to Miltown about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JCrehan (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBG Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Farewell to Miltown / Farewell to Miltown Malbay / Farewell to Milltown / Slán le Sráid na Cathrach / Bobby Casey's / The Crosses of Annagh (also in A) (miscredited to Bobby Casey in book JKg 3) (composed by Martin "Junior" Crehan)
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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).
~197112#1
[BC 3] Bobby Casey. The Spirit of West Clare. Bobby Casey (fiddle, whistle). For this tune: with Sean Casey (mandolin).
19949#2
[MH 2] Martin Hayes. Under the Moon. Martin Hayes (fiddle). For this tune: with Randal Bays (fiddle).
~199413#2
[JCt 1] John Carty and Brian McGrath. The Cat that Ate the Candle. John Carty (banjo, fiddle), Brian McGrath (piano, banjo). For this tune: (banjo).
~199611#1
[MOB] Mick O' Brien. May Morning Dew. Mick O' Brien (pipes, whistle). For this tune: 1st time Terry Crehan (fiddle), then with Mick (whistle).
~19981.4#1
[JCrehan] Junior Crehan. The Last House in Ballymakea. Junior Crehan (fiddle, vocals, concertina). For this tune: Junior Crehan (fiddle).
~19991#2
[JqMcC] Jacqueline McCarthy. The Hidden Note. Jacqueline McCarthy (concertina). For this tune: (A/E concertina).
~200112#3
[KCrhn] Kevin Crehan. An Bhábóg sa Bhádóg. Music from West Clare. Kevin Crehan (fiddle).
20046#1
[LYK 2] The Kane Sisters. Under the Diamond. Liz Kane (fiddle), Yvonne Kane (fiddle). For this tune: Liz (fiddle).
~20091#2
[JWynn 2] John Wynne. Ar nós na Gaoithe. Like the Wind. John Wynne (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
201410#1
[SWlsh 5] Séamus Walshe. Turas. Séamus Walshe (accordion). For this tune: with Noel (concertina).
~201414#1
[RBysFam] Randal Bays and Family. A Rake of Tunes. Randal Bays (fiddle), Susan Waters (fiddle), Willie Bays (flute), Owen Bays (concertina). For this tune: Randal (fiddle), Susan (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Molly Bán
MH 2
Tommy Coen's
JCt 1
Old Torn Petticoat
JqMcC
Paddy Kelly's
KCrhn
Gladstone
JWynn 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Star of Munster
BC 3, RBysFam
West Clare Railway
MOB
Mother's Delight
JCrehan
Wheels of the World
LYK 2
Humours of Westport
JWynn 2
Pigtown
SWlsh 5

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 #21 in volume 4 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As reel #594 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
As reel #179 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [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): 1971