Far Away From Home barndance

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

Far Away From Home has been added to 14 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: Far Away From Home
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GE|:D2DE G2GA|BABA B2d2|d3e dBAG|A2ED E2GE|
D2DE G2GA|BABA B2d2|dege dBAB|1 G2GE G2GE:|2 G2GE G2ga||
|:b2bg a2ag|gage d2B2|d2de dBAG|A2ED E2ga|
b2bg a2ag|gage d2B2|dege dBAB|G2GE G4:|
2
X: 2
T: Far Away From Home
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:GE DE G2 GA|B2 BA Bc d2|GE DE G2 BG|AG BG AG E2|
GE DE G2 GA|B2 BA Bc d2|edef gedc|1 BG AF G3 D:|2 BG AF G3 B||
|:g2 ge f2 fd|e2 ef ed B2|ge dB G2 BG|AG BG AG E2|
GE DE G2 GA|B2 BA Bc d2|edef gedc|1 BG AF G3 B:|2 BG AF G4||

Fourteen comments

Far Away From Home

I saw John Carty play this on youtube and was a bit confused. In one place he calls the tune “Far From Home” and another “Far Away From Home”. It’s described there as ”a favourite barndance of the late Michael Coleman.” I can’t seem to verify that.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZBgY9fplCU

I recognize “Far From Home” as a reel which is somewhat similar to Carty’s barndance but not the same. He plays it as a barndance with flavors that seem to me like “Fluter’s Ball” but again not the same tune. I’ve annotated the tune here as I perceive it but without the ornamentation. I’ll put up an ornamented version as I play it if you like. Annotated here in "G" but I believe John capos the banjo up three to play in "Bb" for the sax. (Yep, sax.)
I couldn’t find the tune here on the session so I’m posting it as a new tune but if you know another name for it or have any more history on tune please post it.

Far From Johnny Gorman

@Kevin,
I can’t say this is not "Johnny Gorman’s" barndance, but I can say it’s not tune 8070. The ABC for 8070 generates "gobblety-gook". I was already familiar with "Far From Home", tune 1164. Thanks though for the lead.. I’ll check elsewhere for a clean version of "Johnny Gorman’s". I’ve seen a lot of confusion on John’s own website on tune names… I do the same. So many tunes, so many names. Someone will start playing a tune and I’ll join in without ever really remembering the name of the tune.

Far Away From Home

@Kevin,
I found a clean version of "Johnny Gorman’s" barndance on the session: https://thesession.org/tunes/8187
‘Tis not the same tune as the one I’ve posted here.. still puzzling… but hope to recover soon.

Re: Far Away From Home

I suspect this tune has been derived from the Shetland tune, "Far from Home".

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Re: Far Away From Home

Back from sabbatical, Ron P? Anyway, "Far from Home" is not a Shetland tune. If my memory is right, it was collected in California.

Re: Far Away From Home

Ah well - there you go, I’d frequently heard it played in sets of Shetland reels, and jumped to the (wrong) conclusion about its origin.

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Re: Far Away From Home

The Boys of the Lough played it in a set of Shetland reels and it fitted in so well, it sounded just like a Shetland reel. Many people in Scotland still call the tune "Far Frae Hame".

Re: Far Away From Home

Great story - thanks Nigel - that explains it. I do still suspect the two tunes are related.

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Re: Far Away From Home

Hello, V. Anastassiou! Rosie Carver’s setting probably belongs on the "Far from Home" page -
https://thesession.org/tunes/1164
- as it’s closer to that tune than this one. In my humble opinion.

Re: Far (Away) From Home

I agree with Nigel, and I would even say that this setting is definitely "Far from Home". This setting should be transfered into tune 1164.

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Re: Far Away From Home

Yes, the most recent setting is definitely "Far From Home". I’m not sure about the first one though. It may be related and there are one or two very vague similarities.

Wherever Home or Hame is, of course.
🙂