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Tune ID#656 (Follow Me Down to Carlow)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Follow Me Down to Carlow about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JDSC (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel24ABBB Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Follow Me Down to Carlow / Follow Me Up to Carlow / Follow Me Down / Bí Liom (4th in set 2 Minutes 2 Go on Sld 3) (also singled, also in A or E) (compare as song #657 and as slide #3233; compare especially 1st parts with Follow Me Down to Carlow #6616 and Follow Me Down #7532. This tune's 2nd part's signature is its clear harmonic structure of III-VII-III)
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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).
~197710#1
[JDSC] Jackie Daly, Séamus Creagh. Jackie Daly. Séamus Creagh. Jackie Daly (accordion), Séamus Creagh (fiddle).
~199812#1
[MvC 2] Moving Cloud. Foxglove. Paul Brock (accordion), Maeve Donnelly (fiddle), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhrán), Carl Hession (piano).
20068#3
[MOR 2] Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. Inside Out. Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
~20061#2
[Tda 3] Téada. Inné Amárach. Seán McElwain (guitar, bouzouki, banjo), Damien Stenson (flute), Tristan Rosenstock (bodhrán), Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle, piano), Paul Finn (accordion).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Cleaning the Hen House
MOR 2
Lady Montgomery
Tda 3
Played beforeOn Albums
Game of Love
JDSC
New Custom House Reel
MvC 2
Pay the Girl Her Fourpence
Tda 3

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 #1281 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #547 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As reel #170 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.

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