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 307 recordings of a tune by this name.

Speed The Plough has been added to 415 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?