Campbell’s Farewell To Red Gap reel

Also known as Campbell’s Farewell To Red Castle, Campbell’s Farewell To Redcastle, Campbell’s Farewell To Redcastle March, Farewell To The Red Castle Of Campbell, Short Cut To The Pub, Steph’s Reel (Kenny Hall And The Sweets Mill).

There are 10 recordings of a tune by this name.

Campbell’s Farewell To Red Gap has been added to 3 tune sets.

Campbell's Farewell To Red Gap has been added to 155 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Campbell's Farewell To Red Gap
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
E|:A2 AB c2 cd|e2 a2 e2 d2|c2 A2 A2 Bc|d2 dc G2 B2|
A2 AB cBcd|e2 a2 e2 d2|c2 BA G2 B2|1A4-A2 D2:|2A4-A2 gf||
e2 a2 a2 gf|e2 a2 a2 d2|c2 A2 A2 Bc|d2 dc G2 gf|e2 a2 a2 gf|
e2 a2 a2 d2|c2 BA G2 B2|A4-A2 gf|e2 a2 a2 gf|e2 a2 a2 d2|
c2 A2 A2 Bc|d2 dB G2 B2|A2 aB AB c/B/c/d/|e2 a2 e2 d2|c2 BA G2 B2|A4-A2 f2|
|:e2 e2 e2 f2|g4 f2 e2|d2 B2 G2 B2|d2 B2 d2 g2|
e2 e2 e2 f2|g4 f2 e2|d2 B2 g2B2|1B2 A2 A2 f2:|2B2 A2 A2||
X: 2
T: Campbell's Farewell To Red Gap
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
A2|:D3E F2G2|A2 d2 A3G|F2 D2 D2 EF| G3EC2 E2|!
D3E F2G2|A2 d2 A3G|F2 ED C2 E2|1 D4 D2 A2 :|2D4 D2 cB||!
A2d2d2cB|A2d2A3G|F2D2D2EF|G3EC2 cB|!
A2d2d2cB|A2d2A3G|F2 ED C2 E2|D4 D2 cB|!
A2d2d2cB|A2d2A3G|F2D2D2EF|G3EC2 E2|!
DEFG FGAB|ABcd A3G|F2 ED C2 E2|D4 D4||
X: 3
T: Campbell's Farewell To Red Gap
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|: e2 | A3 B c2 d2 | e2 a2 e3 d | c2 A2 A2 Bc | d3 B G2 B2 |
A3 B c2 d2 | e2 a2 e3 d | c2 BA G2 B2 | A4 A2 :|
|: gf | e2 a2 a2 gf | e2 a2 e3 d | c2 A2 A2 Bc | d3 B G2 gf |
e2 a2 a2 gf | e2 a2 e3 d | c2 BA G2 B2 | A4 A2 :|
X: 4
T: Campbell's Farewell To Red Gap
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
M: 2/2
|: e2 | A3 B c2 d2 | e2 a2 e3 d | c2 A2 A2 Bc | d3 B G2 B2 |
A3 B c2 d2 | e2 a2 e3 d | c2 BA G2 B2 | A4 A2 :|
|: gf | e2 a2 a2 gf | e2 a2 e3 d | c2 A2 A2 Bc | d3 B G2 [1 gf |
e2 a2 a2 gf | e2 a2 e3 d | c2 BA G2 B2 | A4 A2 :|
[2 B2 | ABcd cdef | efga e3 d | c2 BA G2 B2 | A4 A2|]

Sixteen comments

Campbell’s Farewell to Red Gap

I have been playing this tune for years not knowing what it was called (we affectionately called it "Lord Toad’s Retreat from Castle Buffo") I found it in a book one day. I submitted the book version. My own arrangement is a little different but this is definitely the basis for it. My band plays it pretty fast and have a lot of fun with it.

Very similar to Campbell’s Farewell to Red Castle although the last part appears to differ. Parts one and two are much the same, though, and we sometimes play some variations. this tune is often used for "Gay Gordons" dance sets.

John

Campbell’s Farewell to Red Gap

Love this tune ~ widely accepted at Renaissance Faires throughout the country.
Each and every time played, envokes a sense of Scottish honor and heritage.

Is this the ancestor of "The Boys Of Belfast"?

I learned this tune from the Norman Blake instructional video "The Mandolin of Norman Blake" on Homespun. He plays it beautifully on the mandolin with Nancy on guitar. Great tune but do people play it in sessions?

Campbell’s Farewell to Redcastle

The third part given here is actually the first part of a reel, "Mullindhu". The Exiles recorded "Campbell’s" followed by "Mullindhu" on a 1965 Topic LP, New Voices from Scotland, and I’m certain that’s where the third part came from. I believe it was Kenny Baker who first played it in the US.

Campbell’s Farewell to Redcastle

Here’s a version I learned from the Angus Sessions Podcast in DMix:

X:1
T:Campbell’s Farewell to Redcastle
M:4/4
R:March
S:Source: The Angus Sessions Podcast
K:DMix
A2|:D3E F2G2|A2 d2 A3G|F2 D2 D2 EF| G3EC2 E2|!
D3E F2G2|A2 d2 A3G|F2 ED C2 E2|1 D4 D2 A2 :|2D4 D2 cB||!
A2d2d2cB|A2d2A3G|F2D2D2EF|G3EC2 cB|!
A2d2d2cB|A2d2A3G|F2 ED C2 E2|D4 D2 cB|!
A2d2d2cB|A2d2A3G|F2D2D2EF|G3EC2 E2|!
DEFG FGAB|ABcd A3G|F2 ED C2 E2|D4 D4||

Composer?

Does anyone know the composer?

Another Version, ostensibly from Cornwall

I picked up a very similar tune at a fiddle festival in the UK, recently. The fiddler who taught it presented it as being a traditional tune from Cornwall, though he couldn’t recall the name. The first part is in D minor, the second in D major.

X: 1
T: [?Cornish Tune?]
M: 2/2
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
FE|D3E F3G|A2d2 A3G|F2D2 D2EF|G2E2 E2FE|
D3E F3G|A2d2 A3G|F2DF EDCA,|D4 D2:|
K:D
|:Ac|d2fd ABAF|G2BG A3G|F2D2 D2EF|G2E2 E2Ac|
d2fd ABAF|G2BG A3G|F2DF E2A,2|D4 D2:|

Update on Cornish tune

The tune I posted in the last comment may be a variant of "The Quay Fair", which is indeed a Cornish tune. I’ve learned from Cornish musician Kyt Davey that it is traditionally played for the Galowan (midsummer) festivities in Penzance - though that traditional version is all in D major.

Campbell’s Farewell To Red Gap, X:3

Setting as played at the Golden Guinea pub session, Bristol, UK.

Campbell’s Farewell To Red Gap, X:4

As it would normally be played in Scotland, exactly as mix’s X:3 but with the second time ending on the B part.
Usually written in 2/4 with notes half as long, hence the 2/2 time signature here.
Some fiddlers might play the g in the quaver run near the end as a g#, but the pipes can’t do that.