The Star Of The County Down barndance

Also known as Diversus And Lazarus, Diverus And Lazarus, Dives And Lazarus, Gilderoy, Kingsfold, The Star Of County Down, The Star Of The County Down March, When First I Left Old Ireland.

There are 58 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Star Of The County Down has been added to 12 tune sets.

The Star Of The County Down has been added to 826 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Star Of The County Down
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
B,D|E2E2 E2DE|G2G2 A2GA|B2AG E2DB,|D6 B,D|
E2E2 E2DE|G2G2 A2GA|B2AG E2E2|E6||
Bc|d2B2 B2AG|A2A2 A2GA|
B2AG E2DB,|D6 B,D|!E2E2 E2DE|G2G2 A2GA|B2AG E2E2|E6||
Bc|d2B2 B2AG|A2A2 A2GA|!B2AG E2DB,|D6 B,D|
E2E2 E2DE|G2G2 A2GA|B2AG E2E2|E6||
X: 2
T: The Star Of The County Down
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
E2G2|:A4AB|A3GA2|c4c2|d3cd2|e2d2c2|A2G2E2|G6-|G2c2B2|
|A4AB|A3GA2|c4c2|d3cd2|e2d2c2|A4G2|A6-|1 A2E2G2:|2 A4e2||
|:g4e2|e3dc2|d6|d4cd|e3dc2|A2G2E2|G6-|G2c2B2|
|A4AB|A3GA2|c4c2|d3cd2|e2d2c2|A4G2|A6-|1 A4e2:|2 A6||
X: 3
T: The Star Of The County Down
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
M: 3/4
E2G2|:A4AB|A3GA2|c4c2|d3cd2|e2d2c2|A2G2E2|G6-|G2c2B2|
|A4AB|A3GA2|c4c2|d3cd2|e2d2c2|A4G2|A6-|1 A2E2G2:|2 A4e2||
|:g4e2|e3dc2|d6|d4cd|e3dc2|A2G2E2|G6-|G2c2B2|
|A4AB|A3GA2|c4c2|d3cd2|e2d2c2|A4G2|A6-|1 A4e2:|2 A6||
X: 4
T: The Star Of The County Down
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
R:Barndance
Q:"Allegro" 1/4=160
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:Amin
%A
z2EG|"Am"A2A2 A2GA|"F"c2c2 d2cd|"C"e2dc A2GE|"G"G6 EG|
"Am"A2A2 A2GA|"F"c2c2 d2cd|"Am"e2dc A2A2|A6||
%B
ef|"C"g2e2 e2dc|d2d2 d2cd|
%C
"G"e2dc A2GE|G6 EG|"Am"A2A2 A2GA|"F"c2c2 d2cd|"Em"e2dc A2A2|A6||
%D
ef|"Am"g2e2 e2dc|"F"d2d2 d2cd|"C"e2dc A2GE|"G"G6 EG|
"Am"A2A2 A2GA|"F"c2c2 d2cd|"Am"e2dc A2A2|A6||

Twenty-five comments

As a song

I know this as a song - try listening to the version by the Doonan Family on the album Fenwick’s Window.

Alternative title?

I’d imagine that it was originally a tune with another name. It’s quite possibly already on the site. Any thoughts anyone?

Man songs to that tune

This is the plain tune of the song and has little to do with a reel. The melody is used for quite a few songs. Amongst them:
Crooked Jack, Dives an Lazarus …
The list ist longer but I would have to do a longer search.

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Amin?

I know a different version of this tune in A minor. It’s quite a lovely one, & one of my favourites.

I first learned this in A minor and in 3/4 time.

An A minor version

Somebody asked for the Amin 3/4 version, so here it is:

X: 1
T: Star Of The County Down
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
R: waltz
K: Amin
E2G2|:A4AB|A3GA2|c4c2|d3cd2|e2d2c2|A2G2E2|G6-|G2c2B2|
|A4AB|A3GA2|c4c2|d3cd2|e2d2c2|A4G2|A6-|1 A2E2G2:|2 A4e2||
|:g4e2|e3dc2|d6|d4cd|e3dc2|A2G2E2|G6-|G2c2B2|
|A4AB|A3GA2|c4c2|d3cd2|e2d2c2|A4G2|A6-|1 A4e2:|2 A6||

Another Amin Version :)

I went ahead & submitted an Amin 3/4 version, similar but not exactly the same as Bob himself’s posted version.

What a haunting tune this is! :)

https://thesession.org/tunes/6155

Nevermind

I guess I should have posted it here instead of submitting a new tune, but I thought some would have appreciated having the dots instead of just ABC. …& I didn’t save the ABC version that I wrote out exccept to my tunebook here (painstakingly I might add, while looking at a guide to writting ABC notation), but the submission is gone now since the tune was already submitted here.

Sorry guys. If you want the dots, just send me a message & I’ll scan it & can email it to you instead.

Do any of you play this tune in 4/4? What’s the most popular key that it seems to be played/recorded in? I’m curious.

Is it danceable as a Polka or Scottische?

Near Banbridge town, in the County Down
One morning in July
Down a boreen green came a sweet colleen
And she smiled as she passed me by.
She looked so sweet from her two white feet
To the sheen of her nut-brown hair
Such a coaxing elf, I’d to shake myself
To make sure I was standing there.
From Bantry Bay up to Derry Quay
And from Galway to Dublin town
No maid I’ve seen like the sweet colleen
That I met in the County Down.

As she onward sped I shook my head
And I gazed with a feeling rare
And I said, says I, to a passerby
"who’s the maid with the nut-brown hair?"
He smiled at me, and with pride says he,
"That’s the gem of Ireland’s crown.
She’s young Rosie McCann
from the banks of the Bann
She’s the star of the County Down."
From Bantry Bay up to Derry Quay
And from Galway to Dublin town
No maid I’ve seen like the sweet colleen
That I met in the County Down.

I’ve travelled a bit, but never was hit
Since my roving career began
But fair and square I surrendered there
To the charms of young Rose McCann.
I’d a heart to let and no tenant yet
Did I meet with in shawl or gown
But in she went and I asked no rent
From the star of the County Down.
From Bantry Bay up to Derry Quay
And from Galway to Dublin town
No maid I’ve seen like the sweet colleen
That I met in the County Down.

At the crossroads fair I’ll be surely there
And I’ll dress in my Sunday clothes
And I’ll try sheep’s eyes, and deludhering lies
On the heart of the nut-brown rose.
No pipe I’ll smoke, no horse I’ll yoke
Though with rust my plow turns brown
Till a smiling bride by my own fireside
Sits the star of the County Down.
From Bantry Bay up to Derry Quay
And from Galway to Dublin town
No maid I’ve seen like the sweet colleen
That I met in the County Down.

Possible Chords - A minor

Am F C G Am F Em Em
Am F C G Am F Am Am
C C G G Am F Em Em
Am F C G Am F Am Am

Can this tune be played on a D min whistle???

D whistle

I think "ed eee" instead of "bd eee" also sounds okay when you want to play it on a D whistle. At least I usually do it this way on my whistle. ;)

AABBBB or AAAABB for verse/chorus

I’m having an argument about the A and B parts of the tune. I recollect that the first part of the verse is AA, the second part is BB and the chorus is BB (i.e., AAAA and BB) My protagonist says the never heard of a tune where the chorus repeats the verse but rather the chorus has a different form to the verse. On this logic he goes for AAAA and BB. Who is right. I’m not at all struck on the AAAA and BB version.

Sung as a reel then played as a jig

Anyone know the origins of the custom of introducing and singin and playing this tune as a reel, but then at the end of the song breaking into a jig (6:8) version as an instrumental?
DIDGE

As Dives and Lazarus

Anyone ever play this as an air? Being a bassoonist as well, I’ve played Vaughn Williams’s "Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus" and the melody sounds great slower, and I think it could be really heart-wrenching given the right inflection.

More lyrics:

from Bantry bay until Dary’s quay
and from Gallway to Dublin town,
no maid i’ve seen
like the brown Coleen
that i met in the conty down.

thats all i or my father can remember, ill ask my grandmother.

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Cad e sin don te sin

The beginning of the melody is remarkably reminiscent of the song from Munster "Cad é sin Don té sin" .

Re: The Star Of The County Down

Also known as "The Flower of the County Down"?

Re: The Star Of The County Down

Never heard it called "The Flower of the County Down" but I have a half formed notion that I’ve heard a variant version of it under that name. When I play and sing it I only use 2 chords, Em and D and I throw in a few bars in jig time near the end, but hey, what do I know? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqwxfIIOW4c

I grew up in Banbridge. As you can imagine, it’s a popular song there!
Alex.G.

Re: The Star Of The County Down

"The Flower of the County Down" is on The Light and Half Light by Sean Doyle, dad of John Doyle (who accompanies him on guitar). Liz Carrol also play fiddle on a couple of tunes. "Flower" has the same tune as the first version of "Star", above.

Re: The Star Of The County Down

The melody is in English County Songs, 1893, collected by John Maitland, later harmonised by Ralph Vaughan Williams as the hymn tune Kingsfold and used with words by Horatius Bonar, "I heard the voice of Jesus say, ‘Come unto me and rest’ ".

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The Star Of The County Down, X:4

Version with chords in Am key, suitable for mixer/32 dance.