Far From Home reel

Also known as Far Frae Hame, The Windy Gap.

There are 38 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Johnny Todd (a few times) and Master Crowley’s (a few times).

Far From Home has been added to 12 tune sets.

Far From Home has been added to 421 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Far From Home
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:GEDE G3A|B2BA Bcd2|GEDE G3B|AGAB AGE2|
GEDE G2GA|B2BA Bcd2|edef gedc|BGAF G4:|
|:g3e f3d|edef edB2|gedB G2GB|AGAB AGE2|
GEDE G2GA|B3A Bcd2|edef gedc|BGAF G4:||
X: 2
T: Far From Home
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:AFEF A3B|c2cB cde2|AFEF A3c|B3c BAFB|
AFEF A3B|c2cB cde2|fefg afed|1cABG A4:|2cABG A2fg|
|:a3f g3e|f3g fece|afec A3c|B3c BAFB|
AFEF A3B|c2cB cde2|fefg afed|cABG A4:|
# Added by Tøm .
X: 3
T: Far From Home
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(BA)|GEDE G2 (GA)|B2 ~(BA) (Bc) d2|GEDE G2 (GB)|AGAB AGEF|
~(GE)(DE) G2 GA|B2 ~(BA) (Bc) d2|edef gedc|BGAF G2||
(3def|g2 ~(ge) f2 (fd)|edef edBd|~(ge)dB G2 B2|~(AG)AB AG E2|
~(GE)DE G2 GA|B2 ~(BA) (Bc) d2|edef gedc|BGAF G2||
# Added by Moxhe .

Eighteen comments

From a New England collection. This is one of those beguiling reel tunes that is spoiled by too much speed.

There is also a slightly ornamented version in O’Neill (#1261), apparently credited to Francis O’Neill.

This is the first tune I ever learned. It remains one of my favorites. The tune is usually played at an even pace, but the Chieftains kick it up on Water From The Well with the Kilfenora Ceili Band. Laurence (Larry) Nugent plays this tune slowly with a Bb flute on The Windy Gap album. He also calls this tune The Windy Gap.

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Origins

I was always under the impression this was a Shetland tune. Does anyone know for sure?

Dow - I can’t say I’m any surer than you are, but as far as I know it does originate from shetland. Like a number of other Shetland tunes, it has become integrated into the repertoire of many Irish players, but it is surprising that it was being played by Irish musicians - and Chicago Irish musicians, at that - as early as Francis O’Neill’s time.

Recorded Version

I first heard this tune paired with a song called Johnny Somethingorother (the chorus starts "Weep nae more, my own sweet Jeannie/Lay your bairn upon your knee") performed by Ossian. The song has a similar melody, which they sing, and then kick up the tempo to perform "Far From Home." I looked it up in O’Neil’s, and was pleased to find it there in more or less the same version as the record.

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It’s Johnny Todd

it’s Johnny Todd, peformed by Ossian, with additonal words by the late Tony Cuffe

Set

This tune goes great with the Banshee, too.

PJ Hernon plays the tune as Patsy Hanley’s

PJ Hernon plays this tune on his B/C button accordion instruction video under the name Patsy Hanley’s.

Also played in A.
Isn’t it a shetland tune?

Far From Home

There is an impression that this tune is from Shetland, but as far as I can see there is no evidence for that. I think there are two reasons for this misconception: 1) The Boys of the Lough and Tom Anderson recorded it in a set of Shetland reels, and 2) it SOUNDS like a Shetland tune. In my research, its origin is O’Neill.

Far from Home

Always liked this tune and I find it hard to play it without throwing in The Green Fields of America after it

In A, par example

Session A9 do a lovely version on their album Bottlenecks and Armbreakers

K:Amaj
|:AFEF A3B|c2cB cde2|AFEF A3c|B3c BAFB|
AFEF A3B|c2cB cde2|fefg afed|1cABG A4:|2cABG A2fg|
|:a3f g3e|f3g fece|afec A3c|B3c BAFB|
AFEF A3B|c2cB cde2|fefg afed|cABG A4:|

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Far from Home

I think Boys of the Lough are playing c# for that c in the second bar.

Far Frae Hame Correction

In TrevorJenning’s bar 2 of this tune, it shouldn’t go from C# to D, it’s just two Ds.

Why ?

Says who…?
And there isn’t any C# - the tune’s in "G", so it would be C natural.

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Far From Home, X:3

Here is the version published by O’Neill in Dance Music of Ireland - 1001 Gems (1907), p. 99, no. 530.
Great reel that I play since the mid ’70s.

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