Farewell To Erin reel

Also known as Erin’s Welfare, Farewell To Éire, Farewell To Eirinn, Farewell To Ireland, Goodbye To Ireland, Slán Le HÉireann, Slan Le HEirinn.

There are 69 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Congress (a few times), Cloch Na Ceithre Mhile (a few times), The Colliers’ (a few times), Johnny Doherty’s (a few times) and Julia Delaney’s (a few times).

Farewell To Erin has been added to 20 tune sets.

Farewell To Erin has been added to 1,111 tunebooks.

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Eleven settings

X: 1
T: Farewell To Erin
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
A,3 C E3 F|GEDB, G,B,DB,|A,3 C E3 F|GEDF EA,A,G,|
A,3 C E3 F|GEDB, D2 g2|edeg a2 ba|gedB BA A2:|
K:AMix
a2 ag agef|g2 ga gede|a2 ag agef|gedB BA A2|
agef gage|d2 dB GABd|cAeA Bdef|gedB BA A2 :|
eABA eABA|d2 dB GABd|eABA eAAa|gedB BA A2|
eABA eABA|d2 dB GABd|c2 BA Bdef|gedB BA A2:|
aece aece|gdBd gdBd|aece a2 af|gedB BA A2|
agef g2 ge|dedB GA B2|cAeA d2 ef|gedB BA A2:|
X: 2
T: Farewell To Erin
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: A3 c E3 F | GEDB GBDB | A3 c E3 F | GEDF EAAG |
A3 c E3 F | GEDB D2 g2 | edeg a2 ba | gedB BA A2 :|
X: 3
T: Farewell To Erin
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emix
E3 G B3 c | dBAF DFAF | E3 G B3 c | dBAc BEED |
E3 G B3 c | dBAF A2 d'2 | babd' e'2 f'e' | d'baf FE E2 :|
X: 4
T: Farewell To Erin
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
A,2A,C E2EF|GEDB, G,A,B,G,|A,2A,C E2EF|GEDB, EA,A,G,|
A,2A,C E2EF|GEDB, G,2g2|edeg ~a3f|gedB BA~A2:|
|:~a3b agef|~g3a gede|~a3b agef|gedB BA~A2|
agef ~g3e|dedB GABd|cBAB cdea|gedB BA~A2:|
|:eA(3cBA eA(3cBA|~d3B GB~B2|eA(3cBA ~e3a|gedB BA~A2|
eA(3cBA eA(3cBA|dedB GABd|cBAB cdea|gedB BA~A2:|
|:aece aece|gdBd gdBd|aece ~a3f|gedB BA~A2|
agef ~g3e|dedB GABd|cBAB cdea|gedB BA~A2:|
X: 5
T: Farewell To Erin
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
A3 c e3 f|gedB GBdB|A3 c e3 f| gedf eAAG|
A3 c e3 f|gedB d2 g2|edeg a2 ba|gedB BA A2:|
X: 6
T: Farewell To Erin
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
e|A2A>B A2A>B|g>e d>B G>G G>g|e>d (3efg a2a>g| (3efg d>B A2A:|
B|:a2a2a2a>e|g>a (3gfe d>B G<g|e>d (3efg a2a>g| (3efg d>B A2A>B:|
|:e>A A2e>d (3efg|B<G G/2G/2G B<A (3Bcd|e>A A2e>d (3efg|a>e g>B A2A>B:|
a2 (3efg a2a>e|g2 (3Bcd g<a f3>d|a2 (3efg a2a>e|g>e d>B A2A>e|
a2 (3efg a2a>e|g2 (3Bcd g<a f>d|a2 (3efg (3fga e>f|g>e d>B A2A |]
X: 7
T: Farewell To Erin
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
e|A2A>B A2A>B|g>e d>B G>G G>g|e>d (3efg a2a>g| (3efg d>B A2A:|
B|:a2a2a2a>e|g>a (3gfe d>B G<g|e>d (3efg a2a>g| (3efg d>B A2A>B:|
|:e>A A2e>d (3efg|B<G G/2G/2G B<A (3Bcd|e>A A2e>d (3efg|a>e g>B A2A>B:|
a2 (3efg a2a>e|g2 (3Bcd g<a f>d|a2 (3efg a2a>e|g>e d>B A2A>e|
a2 (3efg a2a>e|g2 (3Bcd g<a f>d|a2 (3efg (3fga e>f|g>e d>B A2A |]
X: 8
T: Farewell To Erin
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:A3c e3f|gedB GBdB|A3c e3f|gedB eAAG|
A3c e3f|gedB d2 g2|edeg a2 ba|gedB BA A2:|
K:AMix
|:a3g agef|g3a gede|a3g agef|gedB BA A2|
agef gage|d3B GABd|(3cBA BA Bdef|gedB BA A2 :|
|:eABA eABA|d3B GABd|eABA eAAf|gedB BA A2|
eABA eABA|d3B GABd|(3cBA BA Bdef|gedB BA A2:|
|:aece aece|gdBd gdBd|aece a3f|gedB BA A2|
agef g3e|dedB GABd|(3cBA BA Bdef|gedB BA A2:|
# Added by JACKB .
X: 9
T: Farewell To Erin
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:"Am"A,A,/A,/ A,C E3 F|"G"GEDB, G,B,DB,|"Am"A,A,/A,/ A,C EE/E/ EF|"G"GEDF EA,A,G,|
"Am"A,A,/A,/ A,C E3 F|"G"GEDB, D2 g2|"Em"edeg "F"a2 ba|"G"gedB "Am"BA A2 :|
|:"Am"a/a/a ab agef|"G"g/g/g ga gede|"Am"a/a/a ab agef|"G"gedB "Am"BA A2|
"Am"agef gage|"G"d/d/d dB GABd|"F"cAeA A/B/c ef|"G"gedB "Am"BA A2 :|
|:"Am"eA c/B/A eA c/B/A|"G"d/d/d dB GABd|"Am"eA c/B/A eA c/B/A|"G"gedB "Am"BA A2|
"Am"eA c/B/A eA c/B/A|"G"d/d/d dB GABd|"F"cAeA A/B/c ef|"G"gedB "Am"BA A2 :|
|:"A"ae^ce ae^ce|"G"gdBd GdBd|"A"ae^ce a2 af|"G"gedB "Am"BA A2|agef gage|"G"dedB GABd|
|1. "F"cAeA A/B/c ef|"G"gedB "Am"BA A2 :|2. "F"cABA A/B/c ea|"G"gedB "Am"BA A2||
X: 10
T: Farewell To Erin
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:E3G B3c|dBAF DFAF|E3G B3c|dBAF BEED|
E3G B3c|dBAF A2 d2|BABd e2 fe|dBAF FE E2:|
|:e3d edBc|d3e dBAB|e3f edBc|dBAF FE E2|
edBc dedB|A3F DEFA|(3GFE FE FABc|dBAF FE E2 :|
|:BEFE BEFE|A3F DEFA|BEFE BEEc|dBAF FE E2|
BEFE BEFE|A3F DEFA|(3GFE FE FABc|dBAF FE E2:|
|:eBGB eBGB|dAFA dAFA|eBGB e3c|dBAF FE E2|
edBc d3B|A3F DEFA|(3GFE FE FABc|dBAF FE E2:|
# Added by JACKB .
X: 11
T: Farewell To Erin
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
G,|:~A,3,2C ~E3F|GEDB, G,A,B,G,|~A,3,2C ~E3F|GEDB, EA,A,G,|
~A,3,2C ~E3F|GEDB, G,2zg|edeg abaf|gedB cA~A2:|
|a2a3/2a/ agef|~g3a gece|~a3b agef|gedB cA~A2|
agef ~g3e|~d3B GBdB|cA~A2 A,CEa|gedB cA~A2|
|~a3b agef|~g3a gece|~a3b agef|gedB cA~A2|
agef ~g3e|~d3B GBdB|cA~A2 A,CEa|gedB cA~A2|
|eA(3cBA eAce|d~G3 BGBd|eA(3cBA eAce|gedB cA~A2|
eA(3cBA eAce|~d3B GBdB|cA~A2 A,CEa|gedB cA~A2|
|eAce Acec|d~G3 DGBd|eA(3cBA eAca|gedB cA~A2|
eA(3cBA eAce|~d3B GBdB|cA~A2 A,CEa|gedB cA~A2|
|:aece aece|gdBd gdBg|aece aeca|gedB cA~A2|
agef ~g3e|~d3B GBdB|cA~A2 A,CEa|gedB cA~A2:|

Fifty-three comments

Anyone who’s heard the Bothy Band’s version of this tune knows just how much this tune can "rock".

If you don’t have a bouzouki player handy to play a power chord over with the opening note then try a double stop with an E on the D string to go with that low A on the G string…if you play fiddle; if you play whistle then I’m afraid you’ll just have to hum along with the first part.

This tune isn’t as difficult as it might first appear. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th parts all have the same ending. I’ve shown it here with three variations. I find that C sharp often throws me. Try to find a way of playing it that you’re most comfortable with.

Farewell to Erin

It appears that the version Kevin Burke performs is very different than the one that Micheal Coleman does. So much so, it seems like they may be different tunes. Also, check out the Boston College Irish Festival CD, "My Love Is In America". Brian Conway plays this tune very faithfully to what Micheal Coleman does. Did the Bothy Band take some liberties with the tune? Is the Sligo version simply a radically different interpretation?

I believe the first version of this that I ever came across was A dorian all the way through. That was about 1981. I had tried to learn it then but wasn

Farewell to “Erin”

This is actually called "Farewell to Ireland". Farewell to Erin is a different tune completely (O’Neill’s 701). The Bothy Band confusingly called it Farewell to Erin. Whatever, it’s a great tune! Tommy Peoples does a great version of it on The High Part of The Road when he prefixes the reel with the first part played as an air. It gets everyone going in sessions especially when you go back to the low A for the start of the first part and give it a bit of stick!

Farewell to Ireland

Eileen Iver’s version of this is tune, done live, is the most dynamite performance, coupled with the Noisy Curlew. She carries the energy to a high that is unbelievable. Worht a listen.

I also know this tune as farewell to Ireland, which I heard Barney Mckenna of the Dubliners play. He plays it through solely in a minor and personally i think it sounds much better this way.
the dubliners have recorded this tune as a banjo solo piece, well worth a listen!

We play this tune every week at out session, with
PV O’Donnell, and occasionally Tommy Peoples, when he visits Connecticut, both PV and Tommy. It’s a wonderful tune and enjoy playing it

This is one of my favorites (hence the name haha)…I’ve a;ways started it double stopping the A on G and E on D…definitely a great high energy tune, everyone seems to like it that I play it for…

When I learned it (under the name Farewell to Erin, not Ireland, I have no clue which is the "correct" one), I was told it was a Scottish tune…I’m not sure if that’s right or not… anybody know?

Someone told me that the first low A represented the horn being sounded on the departing ship.

Scottish origin

This tune comes from an old Scottish strathspey called "The Highland Watches Farewell to Ireland".

Farewell To Erin

Going by memory, I also think that there is a song associated with the tune, corresponding with the 3rd and 2nd parts as written here. "Highland Harry":

http://www.worldburnsclub.com/poems/translations/highland_harry.htm

The tune is given as "Highlander’s Lament", which I believe is basically the same tune as "Highland Watch’s Farewell to Ireland" (Neil Stewart’s Collection of 1762).

Also related to The Ballydesmond Polka?

Especially in the second part. Maybe they both derived from the same Scots tune?

"Highland Watch’s Farewell to Ireland" is already here: https://thesession.org/tunes/2695

Reference correction…

Hey all,

Just a quick hello. Dave Cory and I never recorded this version of Farewell to Ireland in A mix. We recorded another tune with the same title played in D.

…just for the record…

Best,
Eliot

Name…………

well….Martyn Bennett (God bless) included it in his tune "Erin" and in the sleeve notes and his website it states…."the first tune is Farewell to Erin……so…it’s one of those tunes that has many names….and one of those names that has many tunes…….
afterall….. Erin and Ireland do mean the same thing

ROB

Adore this. what do whistle players do for the first section? is there a choreographed dance, do we twiddle our thumbs, or sing?

Play the low notes up an octave, or something within the whistles range that fits as a 5th, 4th or 3rd…but if you want to entertain us with a little dance number, well, I’m not going to say no… :-D

At it’s simplest, without changing a note ~

K: Ador
|: A3 c E3 F | GEDB GBDB | A3 c E3 F | GEDF EAAG |
A3 c E3 F | GEDB D2 g2 | edeg a2 ba | gedB BA A2 :|

After all these years of it being here, I just come across it now. I was taught it many years ago, in Clare, and the way I was taught it was in Amix throughout. Of course, I think that’s the best way with it.

:-)

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Yeah, I quite like it in Mixolydian too… Now put that whistle away before you wear out the fipple… ;-)

One of the reasons I do prefer it in Amix is that, if you can persuade a guitarist to play Amaj chords instead of boring old Amin, it has *so* much more of an achey, yearning feel to it.

Having said which, obviously I still play it in Amix even if I’m playing it solo.

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Oh, I do love a good fipple. :-P

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Although I reaaly like the great Barney McKenna’s version, especially since I play the banjo, I have to admit that the Bothy Band’s version is THEE version. Masterpeice, one of the only traditional tunes I’ve ever felt the urge to headbang to!

Bouzouki Chords?

Anyone know the chords for this one? Pleeeeeease!!! If you’ve heard the Bothy Bands version you’ll know exactly why i want them!! ;)

Hmm…I have a standard D feadog tin whistle…it would be really cool to see the music for this song in E dorian.

You must be kidding? :-/

Let’s see what happens with just a little bit of that request filled ~ To E dorian & E Mixolydian

K: Edor
E3 G B3 c | dBAF DFAF | E3 G B3 c | dBAc BEED |
E3 G B3 c | dBAF A2 d’2 | babd’ e’2 f’e’ | d’baf FE E2 :|
K: EMix
e’2 e’d’ e’d’bc’ | ~

Just play the low notes you can’t reach with your D whistle up an octave…

Here’s a duplicated version, posted on 25th November by focus: ( https://thesession.org/members/6766 )

X: 1
T: Farewelto Erin
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Ador
A,2A,C E2EF|GEDB, G,A,B,G,|A,2A,C E2EF|GEDB, EA,A,G,|
A,2A,C E2EF|GEDB, G,2g2|edeg ~a3f|gedB BA~A2:|
|:~a3b agef|~g3a gede|~a3b agef|gedB BA~A2|
agef ~g3e|dedB GABd|cBAB cdea|gedB BA~A2:|
|:eA(3cBA eA(3cBA|~d3B GB~B2|eA(3cBA ~e3a|gedB BA~A2|
eA(3cBA eA(3cBA|dedB GABd|cBAB cdea|gedB BA~A2:|
|:aece aece|gdBd gdBd|aece ~a3f|gedB BA~A2|
agef ~g3e|dedB GABd|cBAB cdea|gedB BA~A2:|

Just so it doesn’t get lost!

& the notes from the duplication by focus

# Posted on November 25th 2009 by focus
https://thesession.org/members/6766

One of the great reels ~ I don’t know why it isn’t played more often. It’s a wonderful fiddle reel, and, mutatis mutandi, sounds great on the flute. There’s a wonderful old setting on Paddy in the Smoke.

Eileen Ivers & Seamus Egan have a wonderful version of it also. Their version of the reel on Dear Old Erin’s Isle: Irish Traditional Music from America, is simply electric and is very exciting. In general I’m not a fan of hopped up music, or reels on steroid. But in this case it certainly works.

I’ve been told that it’s originally a Scottish tune: "The Scotsman’s Farewell to Ireland".

# Posted on November 25th 2009 by focus

Chords Please

Anybody know the chords for farewell to erin by the bothy band on the bouzouki?

Re: Chords Please

I don’t have a recording to hand, but I’d wager that it’s mostly Am and G (with A major in the 4th part).

Re: Chords Please

I don’t mean to be unhelpful, but you’d learn a lot more by having a good, hard listen and working the chords out for yourself.

Re: Chords Please

@D.Bucks - before going any further with this question, it might checking "Farewell to Erin" in the tune section of this site:

https://thesession.org/tunes/33

… and reading this comment:

Farewell to "Erin"
This is actually called "Farewell to Ireland". Farewell to Erin is a different tune completely (O’Neill’s 701). The Bothy Band confusingly called it Farewell to Erin. Whatever, it’s a great tune! Tommy Peoples does a great version of it on The High Part of The Road when he prefixes the reel with the first part played as an air. It gets everyone going in sessions especially when you go back to the low A for the start of the first part and give it a bit of stick!
# Posted on July 19th 2002 by Geoff Pollitt

Re: Chords Please

I agree with CreadurMawnOrganig’s comments and think it is the most sensible suggestion in this discussion (said the man who is a backup musician and has accompanied this tune).

Tin Whistle Part

I play the First on Whistle/Flute like this:

A3 c e3 f|gedB GBdB|A3 c e3 f| gedf eAAG|
A3 c e3 f|gedB d2 g2|edeg a2 ba|gedB BA A2:|

It sounds really good when you play with instruments like fiddles, banjos etc. that have the range because your jumping in and out of the octave. :) Try it!

Grainne Murphy’s version of Farewell to Erin

It seems she made up her own cross-tuning to suit her haunting version in A(?). I think she’s tuned to ABAE!

Grainne Murphy’s Farewell to Erin set with cross-tuned strings

Correction: Her fiddle is cross-tuned to EBF#C#. I think she’s playing in the key of B Mixo!

Here is a four part strathspey version from PM W Ross Collection, Book 5, under the name "Highland Harry".
I will add the gracing and post that when I find a few more minutes:

X:1
T:Highland Harry
S:PM W. Ross Col. Bk 5.
M:4/4
L:1/8
R:Strathspey
K:HP
e|A2A>B A2A>B|g>e d>B G>G G>g|e>d (3efg a2a>g| (3efg d>B A2A:|
B|:a2a2a2a>e|g>a (3gfe d>B G<g|e>d (3efg a2a>g| (3efg d>B A2A>B:|
|:e>A A2e>d (3efg|B<G G/2G/2G B<A (3Bcd|e>A A2e>d (3efg|a>e g>B A2A>B:|
a2 (3efg a2a>e|g2 (3Bcd g<a f3>d|a2 (3efg a2a>e|g>e d>B A2A>e|
a2 (3efg a2a>e|g2 (3Bcd g<a f>d|a2 (3efg (3fga e>f|g>e d>B A2A |]

A small error with an errant "3"

Corrected:

X:1
T:Highland Harry
M:4/4
L:1/8
R:Strathspey
K:HP
e|A2A>B A2A>B|g>e d>B G>G G>g|e>d (3efg a2a>g| (3efg d>B A2A:|
B|:a2a2a2a>e|g>a (3gfe d>B G<g|e>d (3efg a2a>g| (3efg d>B A2A>B:|
|:e>A A2e>d (3efg|B<G G/2G/2G B<A (3Bcd|e>A A2e>d (3efg|a>e g>B A2A>B:|
a2 (3efg a2a>e|g2 (3Bcd g<a f>d|a2 (3efg a2a>e|g>e d>B A2A>e|
a2 (3efg a2a>e|g2 (3Bcd g<a f>d|a2 (3efg (3fga e>f|g>e d>B A2A |]

It is good to not be alone in needing to make ‘corrections’… It’s a shame we can’t get rid of the evidence though and just leave the correction in its place…

This tune on whistle

Check out Paddy Keenan’s self title album, track 12.

He gives most fiddle players a run for their money, despite playing the tune solo on whistle.

After forever I finally ‘get’ this tune… For years I heard one well-meaning, but not so talented player stumble through this monster week after week, sometimes more than once a night: not a good introduction.

Today, I stumbled across the strathspey setting of it and it all makes perfect sense. To each their own and all, but I prefer it played as a strathspey then played as a reel.

Farewell To Erin, X:10

My version in E dorian

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Farewell To Erin, X:11

Hi, I did this transcript from a youtube video. The author of the video did not have a sheet available as he had learned it by ear. It is very very similar to a version performed by Barney McKenna with The Dubliners in one particular recording. Of course ornamentation varies a little, but it is still more similar to Barney’s version than any other sheet I have seen.

The youtube video I transcribed it from:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_NxMJP07T8


And the Barney McKenna’s version here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iFKVzMHzQY

Re: Farewell To Erin

Note the difference between those 2 versions. I’ll go with Barney.

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Re: Farewell To Erin

What I meant was that the youtube user tried to play Barney’s version. Obviously Barney’s ornamention is more rich and varied, but the basics are there on the sheet. None of the other versions posted above served me as a guide to play the tune in Barney’s way, that’s why I did it. But then again it’s just that I like it that way. Of course there are many other versions equally as good technically. :)