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Tune ID#6616 (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 BMc 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABA 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 Down / Follow Me Up to Carlow / Dinny Delaney's / Bonnie Annie / Bonnie Anne's Reel / The Crooked Reel / An Ríl Cam / Miss Murphy / Barrel Rafferty's (also as barndance with reversed parts as on CYCHCIt) (compare Follow Me Down to Carlow #656 and Follow Me Down #7532. This tune's signature is the opening contour of its 2nd part.)
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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.

Click play below to hear the first 12 seconds.
Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
~198112#1
[BMc 1] Billy McComiskey. Makin' the Rounds. Irish Traditional Music. Billy McComiskey (accordion).
~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).
~200511#1
[ACrby 1] Angelina Carberry. An Traidisiún Beo. Angelina Carberry (banjo). For this tune: with Martin Quinn (accordion).
20078#1
[WTPO] Norah Rendell and Brian Miller. Wait There Pretty One. Norah Rendell (vocals, flute, whistle), Brian Miller (guitar).
~201013#2
[CYHCIt] Catherine McEvoy, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. Comb Your Hair and Curl It. Catherine McEvoy (flute), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle), Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Dinny Delaney's
MMR 2
Mary Brennan's Favorite
CYHCIt
Played beforeOn Albums
Set the Clock
BMc 1
John Egan's Reel
ACrby 1
Limestone Rock
WTPO
Fowler on the Moor
CYHCIt

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 #1282 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #107 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
As tune #129 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
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