Down To Carlow jig

Also known as Follow Me Down To Carlow, Lean Go Ceatharlach Sios Me, Lean Me Sios Go Ceatair-Loc, Single.

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

Down To Carlow has been added to 35 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Down To Carlow
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: AAA A2 G | E2 F G3 | A2 B c2 d | e2 d c2 B |
AAA A2 G | E2 F G3 | AAA B2 G | A3 A3 :|
|: e2 f g2 f | e2 f g3 | BBB B2 A | G2 A B2 d |
[2 e2 f g2 f | e2 f g3 | BBB B2 G | A3 A3 :|
[1 e2 f g2 e | a2 f g3 | BBB B2 G | A3 A3 |]
X: 2
T: Down To Carlow
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
ABA A2 G | E2 F G2 B | ABA A2 B | c2 d e2 d |
c2 A B2 G | E2 F G2 B | ABA B2 G | A3 A3 ||
e2 g g3 | e2 a a3 | BcB B2 A | G2 A B3 |
e2 g g3 | e2 a a3 | BcB B2 G | A3 A3 |
e2 g g3 | e2 a a3 | BcB B2 A | G2 A B2 d |
e2 f g2 e | a2 f ged | BcB B2 G | A3 A3 |]
X: 3
T: Down To Carlow
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: A2 A A2 G | E2 F G3 | A2 A A2 B | c2 d e2 d |
c2 A B2 G | E2 F G3 | A2 A BAG | A3 A3 :|
e2 g g3 | e2 a a3 | B2 B B2 A | G2 A B3 |
e2 g g3 | e2 a a3 | BcB B2 G | A3 A3 |
e2 g g3 | e2 a a3 | B2 B B2 A | G2 A B3 |
e2 f g2 e | a2 f g3 | B2 B BAG | A3 A3 |]
X: 4
T: Down To Carlow
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|: BcB E2 F | G2 A B3 | ABA D2 E | F2 G A3 |
BcB E2 F | G2 A B2 c | d2 B A2 F | E3 E3 :|
|: efe d2 f | e2 d B2 c | d2 e d2 B | A2 F D3 |
efe d2 f | e2 d B2 c | d2 B A2 F | E3 E3 :|
X: 5
T: Down To Carlow
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: ABA A2 G | E2 F G3 | ABA A2 B | c2 d e2 d |
c2 B c2 G | E2 F G2 B | ABc B2 G | A3 A3 :|
|: e2 a a2 g | e2 f g3 | BcB B2 A | G2 A Bcd |
[1 e2 a a2 g | e2 f g3 | BcB B2 G | A3 A3 :|
[2 e2 g f2 a | g2 a g2 e | d2 B G2 B | g2 d B2 G |]

Ten comments

“Follow Me “Down to Carlow” ~ Willie Clancy

This is a transcription from the playing of Willie Clancy, taking the easy route. While the simply call it "Down to Carlow" it is also known as "Follow Me Down to Carlow". On one recording Willie begins with and ends with the B-part…

You’ll find similarities in the following two tunes on site here ~

The A-part is similar ~ "Mary Ann Pierson’s"
https://thesession.org/tunes/7990
& the B-part can also be found here ~
"The Sweets of May"
https://thesession.org/tunes/8252

& there’s a strathspey / highland fling version of the melody to be found here ~
"Follow Me Down to Carlow"
https://thesession.org/tunes/3093

“Follow Me Down to Carlow” ~ the history bit

X: 2
T: Follow Me Down to Carlow
S: P.W. Joyce’s "Old Irish Folk Music and Songs", pages 117 - 118, tune #243
L: 1/8
M: 6/8
K:A Dorian
ABA A2 G | E2 F G2 B | ABA A2 B | c2 d e2 d |
c2 A B2 G | E2 F G2 B | ABA B2 G | A3 A3 ||
e2 g g3 | e2 a a3 | BcB B2 A | G2 A B3 |
e2 g g3 | e2 a a3 | BcB B2 G | A3 A3 |
e2 g g3 | e2 a a3 | BcB B2 A | G2 A B2 d |
e2 f g2 e | a2 f ged | BcB B2 G | A3 A3 |]

"Old Irish Folk Music and Songs" ~ P.W. Joyce
http://www.archive.org/stream/oldirishfolkmusi00royauoft#page/n5/mode/2up
http://www.archive.org/stream/oldirishfolkmusi00royauoft#page/116/mode/2up

“Follow Me Down to Carlow” ~ Joyce normalized for comparison ;-)

X: 2
T: Follow Me Down to Carlow
S: P.W. Joyce’s "Old Irish Folk Music and Songs", pages 117 - 118, tune #243
N: the A-part doubled, AA
L: 1/8
M: 6/8
K:A Dorian
|: ABA A2 G | E2 F G2 B | ABA A2 B | c2 d e2 d |
c2 A B2 G | E2 F G2 B | ABA B2 G | A3 A3 :|
e2 g g3 | e2 a a3 | BcB B2 A | G2 A B3 |
e2 g g3 | e2 a a3 | BcB B2 G | A3 A3 |
e2 g g3 | e2 a a3 | BcB B2 A | G2 A B2 d |
e2 f g2 e | a2 f ged | BcB B2 G | A3 A3 |]

S: P.W. Joyce’s “Old Irish Folk Music and Songs”, 1909

I forgot the date… :-/

“Follow Me Down to Carlow” ~ hetty’s transcription transformed

Submitted on May 30th 2004 by hetty. ~ under ‘hornpipe’
https://thesession.org/tunes/3093

I’ve merely taken hetty’s transcription and converted it directly to 6/8…

X: 3
T: Follow Me Down To Carlow
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: single jig
K: EDor
|: BcB E2 F | G2 A B3 | ABA D2 E | F2 G A3 |
BcB E2 F | G2 A B2 c | d2 B A2 F | E3 E3 :|
|: efe d2 f | e2 d B2 c | d2 e d2 B | A2 F D3 |
efe d2 f | e2 d B2 c | d2 B A2 F | E3 E3 :|

Bars 1 and 5 of hetty’s transcription ~ | B=cB E2 F | ~

“Follow Me “Down to Carlow” ~ O’Neill ~ 4/4 & converted to 6/8

X: 4
T: Follow Me Down to Carlow
S: "O’Neill’s Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems", 1907, page 170, tune #988
S: "O’Neill’s Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies", 1903, page 241, tune #1282
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: strathspey, highland fling
K: ADor
|: (3ABA A>G E>F G2 | (3ABA A>B c>de>d |
c>Bc>G E>FG>B | (3ABc B>G A2 A2 :|
|: e>aa>g e>f g2 | (3BcB B>A G>A (3Bcd |
[1 e>aa>g e>f g2 | (3BcB B>G A2 A2 :|
[2 e>gf>a g>ag>e | d>BG>B g>dB>G |]

X: 4
T: Follow Me Down To Carlow
S: "O’Neill’s Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems", 1907, page 170, tune #988
S: "O’Neill’s Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies", 1903, page 241, tune #1282
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: single jig
K:ADor
|: ABA A2 G | E2 F G3 | ABA A2 B | c2 d e2 d |
c2 B c2 G | E2 F G2 B | ABc B2 G | A3 A3 :|
|: e2 a a2 g | e2 f g3 | BcB B2 A | G2 A Bcd |
[1 e2 a a2 g | e2 f g3 | BcB B2 G | A3 A3 :|
[2 e2 g f2 a | g2 a g2 e | d2 B G2 B | g2 d B2 G |]

Up or down to Carlow

From memory this seems to be almost exactly the tune used for Planxty’s "Follow me up to Carlow" on
https://thesession.org/recordings/display/240
The similar tune being linked in the database https://thesession.org/tunes/1583,
the comments for which include the words, is not what I remember.

Can’t hear "The Sweets of May" without thinking of the gory words, though, so that could be skewing my memory

Lyrics

Lift MacCahir Og your face
Brooding o’er the old disgrace
That black FitzWilliam stormed your place,
Drove you to the Fern
Grey said victory was sure
Soon the firebrand he’d secure;
Until he met at Glenmalure
With Feach MacHugh O’Byrne.

Curse and swear Lord Kildare,
Feach will do what Feach will dare
Now FitzWilliam, have a care
Fallen is your star, low.
Up with halberd out with sword
On we’ll go for by the lord
Feach MacHugh has given the word,
Follow me up to Carlow.

See the swords of Glen Imayle,
Flashing o’er the English pale
See all the children of the Gael,
Beneath O’Byrne’s banners
Rooster of the fighting stock,
Would you let a Saxon cock
Crow out upon an Irish rock,
Fly up and teach him manners.

From Tassagart to Clonmore,
There flows a stream of Saxon gore
Oh, great is Rory Oge O’More,
At sending loons to Hades.
White is sick and Lane is fled,
Now for black FitzWilliam’s head
We’ll send it over, dripping red,
To Liza and her ladies.

Patrick Joseph McCall (1861-1919)

Follow me UP to Carlow

UP I dare say and Ceolachan’s transcription is more or less how I’ve heard it played and sung around Carlow town.