Farewell to Erin (1)

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X:1 T:Farewell to Erin [1] M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel S:O'Neill - Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems (1907), No. 701 Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D D2 (3FED ADFD|Addc defd|D2 (3FED ADFD|(3Bcd AF FEEF| D2 (3FED ADFD|Addc defg|(3agf (3gfe fded|(3Bcd AF FEEc|| (3ddd dB A~F3|D~F3 ADFA|dcdB ADFA|(3Bcd AF FEEc| (3ded (3cdc (3BcB (3ABc|BAGA Bcde|(3fga ec dcBA|GFED CEA,C||

FAREWELL TO ERIN [1] (Slán le hÉireann). AKA and see "Austin Tierney's," "Cherry Tree (1) (The)," "Down with the Tea Tacklings," "Farewell to Ireland (2)," "Flying Column (2) (The)," "Maid in the Cherry Tree (2) (The)." Irish, Reel. D Major or Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. In O'Neill's Music of Ireland (1850) the tune is printed with one sharp (although this may be a misprint) indicating the mixolydian mode. O'Neill's Dance Music of Ireland (1001 Gems), a later edition, has the melody in two sharps. See "Farewell to Erin (2) for more modern developments of the tune. A close variant of the reel was entered into Book 2 (No. 148, p. 32) of the large c. 1883 music manuscript collection of County Leitrim piper and fiddler Stephen Grier (c. 1824-1894).

Paul de Grae finds variants in James Kerr's "Miss MacLeod of Rosses" and "Rakes of Stragne (The)," as well as O'Neill's own "London Lasses (1)"[1].

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1472, p. 272. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 701, p. 124.

Recorded sources: -

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  1. Paul de Grae, "Notes to Sources of Tunes in the O'Neill Collections," 2017.