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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 / Follow Me Up / Bí Liom / An Ríl Cam / The Crooked Reel / Dinny Delaney's / Bonnie Anne's Reel / Bonnie Annie / Barrel Rafferty's / Miss Murphy / Paddy Mills' (4th in set 2 Minutes 2 Go on Sld 3) (usually singled, also in A or E) (compare as song #657 and as slide #3233; compare Follow Me Down to Carlow #6616)

cd Discography

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. Performers (instruments). Go to album
~197710#1
[JDSC] Jackie Daly, Séamus Creagh. Jackie Daly. Séamus Creagh. Jackie Daly (accordion), Séamus Creagh (fiddle).
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~198112#1
[BMc 1] Billy McComiskey. Makin' the Rounds. Irish Traditional Music. Billy McComiskey (accordion).
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~19982#2
[MMR 2] Mike and Mary Rafferty. The Old Fireside Music. Mike Rafferty (flute, pipes), Mary Rafferty (accordion, whistle). For this tune: 1st time Mike (flute), then with Mary (whistle).
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~199812#1
[MvC 2] Moving Cloud. Foxglove. Paul Brock (accordion), Maeve Donnelly (fiddle), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhrán), Carl Hession (piano).
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20029#1
[HB 2] Harry Bradley. As I Carelessly Did Stray. . .. Harry Bradley (flute, whistle). For this tune: (flute).
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~200511#1
[ACarbry] Angelina Carberry. An Traidisiún Beo. Angelina Carberry (banjo). For this tune: with Martin Quinn (accordion).
Go to Album
20068#3
[MOR 2] Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. Inside Out. Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
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~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).
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~200610#4
[Sld 3] Slide. Overneath. Éamonn de Barra (flute, whistle, bodhrán, piano, vocals), Daire Bracken (fiddle, guitar, strings, vocals), Aogán Lynch (concertina, whistle, vocals), Mick Broderick (bouzouki, cittern, mandolin, vocals).
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20078#1
[WTPO] Norah Rendell and Brian Miller. Wait There Pretty One. Norah Rendell (vocals, flute, whistle), Brian Miller (guitar).
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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 very similar 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 tune #107 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
As reel #170 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #146 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [available]
As tune #122 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [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