Farewell to Leitrim

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FAREWELL TO LEITRIM. AKA and see "Kennaw's Reel (1)," "Lawson's Favorite," "Fiddler's Frolic (1) (The)," "Maude Miller (1)," "Molloy's Favourite (1)," "Reidy Johnson's," "Take Her Out and Air Her (2)," "Roll Her in the Haystack," "Hawthorn's Reel." Irish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Sligo fiddler Michael Coleman recorded the tune in New York in 1921 on his very first 78 rpm side, on which it was the second tune in a set entitled "Reidy Johnson's"). Coleman's Donegal-born New York protege Hughie Gillespie recorded the same two reels, calling this one "Farewell to Leitrim." Influential button accordionist Joe Burke later used Gillespie's title when he recorded the tune.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Breathnach (CRÉ II), 1976; No. 279 (appears as untitled reel). Breathnach (CRÉ V), 1999; No. 139. Carlin (Master Collection), 1984; No. 215, p. 126; Allan's Irish Fiddler, n.d., c. 1920s, No. 64 (appears as "Molloy's Favourite").

Recorded sources:

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [2]
Hear Hugh Gillespie's 78 RPM recording at Capeirish.com [3]




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