Speed The Plough reel

Also known as Cronin’s, Cronin’s Fancy, McGreevy’s, Mulvihill’s, O’Keefe’s, O’Keefe’s Plough, Paddy Cronin’s, Paddy Cronins, Speed Da Plough, Tom Billy’s.

There are 317 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Foxhunter’s (a few times), The Road To Lisdoonvarna (a few times), The Abbey (a few times).

Speed The Plough has been added to 422 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Speed The Plough
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d3A BAFB|AF~F2 EFDE|F2AF ~G3B|
ABdg fgfe|d3A BAFB|AF~F2 EFDE|
F2AF GABG|1ABdg fedc:|2ABde fdde||
|:f2ab afdf|g2fg ed (3Bcd|a2ab afdB|
ABde fe~e2|f2ab afdf|g2fg edBA|
[1F2AF GABG|ABdg fddg:|2F2AF ~G3B|ABdg fgfe||
ABC
X: 2
T: Speed The Plough
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
c|~d2ed BAFA|AFFE EDDE|~F2AF ~G2BG|ABde fgfe|
~d2ed BAFA|AFFE EDDE|~F2AF ~G2BG|ABde fdd:|
|:e|fa~a2 afdf|g2fg edBA|fa~a2 afdB|ABde fdde|
fa~a2 afdf|g2fg edBA|~F2AF ~G2BG|ABde fdd:|
ABC
X: 3
T: Speed The Plough
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d3A BF~F2|BFAF EFDA|FA~A2 GA(3BAG|A2de fee2|
faaf edBc|dBAF FEDE|~F3A GA(3BAG|1A2de fedc:|2A2de fedf||
~a2fa ~g2eg|fedf eb~b2|abgb afdB|ABde fee2|
fgaf ~g3b|f2df edBA|FA~A2 GA(3BAG|A2de fedf||
~a2fa ~g2eg|fefa edBA|~a3b af~f2|afde feeg|
fa~a2 gbfb|f2df edBA|FA~A2 GA(3BAG|A2de fedf||
ABC
X: 4
T: Speed The Plough
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d3 A BA FB|AFFF EFDE|FAAF GABG|ABde ffef|
d3 B A3 D|FG AF (3FED B,D|FGAF GABG|1ABde fddc:|2ABde fdde|
|:faaa afdf|fgfg edBd|faaa afdB|ABde fdde|
fa aa afd2|g2 f2 e2 (3dBA|F2 AF GA BG|1ABde fdde:|2AB de fdd2||
ABC

Ten comments

Speed the plough

Source: Paul McGrattan (album: "The Frost is All Over")
Transcription: Gian Marco Pietrasanta

The name Speed the Plough has a few tunes to its credit. One is a tune popular in Scotland with Country Dance bands and in England with Morris dancers. Another is an Irish tune, related to the Anglo-Scottish one, also known by a few other names, including Croghan Hill. The tune posted here, however, appears to be completely unrelated to either of the other two. I wonder how many of the recordings listed actually feature this tune.

A New England source book calls this tune Cronin’s Fancy Hornpipe.

trevor

Here is the ABC notation for the version on track 7 of The Chieftain’s 3. They played it in C, but I’ve transposed it to the more common key of D. If anyone wants it in C, I can post it.

X: 1
T:Tom Billy’s
M:4/4
L:1/8
R:Reel
K:D
c|~d2ed BAFA|AFFE EDDE|~F2AF ~G2BG|ABde fgfe|
~d2ed BAFA|AFFE EDDE|~F2AF ~G2BG|ABde fdd:|
|:e|fa~a2 afdf|g2fg edBA|fa~a2 afdB|ABde fdde|
fa~a2 afdf|g2fg edBA|~F2AF ~G2BG|ABde fdd:|

T:Cronin’s
M:4/4
L:1/8
S:Tansey Seamus & Jim McKillop - to hell with the begrudgers
R:reel
Z:GianMarcoPietrasanta
K:D
d3A BF~F2|BFAF EFDA|FA~A2 GA(3BAG|A2de fee2|
faaf edBc|dBAF FEDE|~F3A GA(3BAG|1A2de fedc:|2A2de fedf||
~a2fa ~g2eg|fedf eb~b2|abgb afdB|ABde fee2|
fgaf ~g3b|f2df edBA|FA~A2 GA(3BAG|A2de fedf||
~a2fa ~g2eg|fefa edBA|~a3b af~f2|afde feeg|
fa~a2 gbfb|f2df edBA|FA~A2 GA(3BAG|A2de fedf||

Gannon, Smith, Blake

Colm Gannon, Jesse Smith and John Blake play a version of this tune under the name "McGreevy’s" as the opening tune on their album "The Ewe With The Crooked Horn". They got it from a tape of Johnny McGreevy from Chicago playing at a late night party…

McGreevy’s setting

the version played by Johnny McGreevy as Aidan said above :
X:1
T:McGreevy’s Speed the Plough
M:C|
R:Reel
K:D
d3A BAFA|dAFA GFEG|FAAA AGFG|ABde feef|d3A BAFA|dAFA GFEG|FAAA AGFG|ABde fdef:||
faaf g2eg|fedB ABde|faab afdB|ABde feee|faaf g2eg|fedf edAF|GABG FAdB|ABde fdd2:||

Speed the Plough

This is the one on Molloy, Peoples, Brady. Anyone know if it was one of Paddy Cronin’s?