Farewell To Ireland reel

Also known as Ennistymon Farewell, Farewell To Erin, Naughton’s.

There are 64 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Gravel Walks (a few times), The Highlander’s Farewell To Ireland (a few times), The Belles Of Tipperary (a few times), Castle Kelly (a few times) and Down The Broom (a few times).

Farewell To Ireland has been added to 4 tune sets.

Farewell To Ireland has been added to 417 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Farewell To Ireland
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D2 (3FED FA~A2|fedf edBc|dBAF ~G3B|AGFD EDEA|
D2 (3FED FA~A2|fedf edBc|dBAF ~G3B|1 AGFD EDDA,:|2 AGFE EDDA||
|:defg ~a3f|g2fg eA (3cBA|defg afdf|gefd eAef|
defg ~a3f|g2fg eABc|dBAF ~G3B|1 AGFD EDDA:|2 AGFD EDDA,||
X: 2
T: Farewell To Ireland
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D3 {F}E2D F2A ABA|f2e d2f {a}e2d B2c|{e}d2B A2F {e}G3 {e}G2B|{d}A2G F2D {F}E2D E2A|
D3 {F}E2D F2A ABA|f2e d2f {a}e2d B2c|{e}d2B A2F G2{e}G {F}G2B|1 {d}A2G F2D {F}E2D D2A,:|2 {d}A2G F2D {F}E2D D2A||
|:d2e f2g {b}a2z {b}a2f|gag f2g e2A {c}B2A|d2e f2g {b}a2f d2f|g2e {g}f2d e2A e2f|
d2e f2g a2{b}a {^g}a2f|gag fg e2A B2c|{e}d2B A2F G2{e}G {F}G2B|1 {d}A2G F2D {F}E2D D2A:|2 {d}A2G F2D {F}E2D D2A,||
X: 3
T: Farewell To Ireland
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
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:|
|:ae^ce aece|gdBd gdBd|ae^ce ~a3f|gedB BA~A2|
agef ~g3e|dedB GABd|cBAB cdea|gedB BA~A2:|
X: 4
T: Farewell To Ireland
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D2 F/E/D ADFD|Ad d/d/c de f2|D2 F/E/D ADFA|BdAF ~E3F|
D2 F/E/D ADFD|Ad d/d/c defe|d3c BdAd|B/d/B AF EGFE|
D2 F/E/D ADFD|Ad d/d/c de f2|D2 F/E/D ADFA|BdAF EGFE|
D2 F/E/D ADFD|Ad d/d/c defe|dB{d}BA BdAd|B/c/d AF Egfe||
d2 Bd AF F/F/F|DFAF BFAF|dABd A~F3|DE{G}ED E/E/E FA|
d2 cA B2 dc|BAAF ABdg|faec dBcA|B~F3 EDEc|
d2 Bd AF F/F/F|DFAF BFAF|dABd A~F3|DE{G}ED EABc|
d2 cd ~B3c|BAA^G ABdg|faec dBcA|BF F/F/F EDEF||
# Added .
X: 5
T: Farewell To Ireland
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D2 (3DDD AD(3DDD|Addc defe|D2 (3DDD AD(3DDD|(3.B.c.d AF (3.A.G.E AF|
D2 (3DDD AD(3DDD|Addc defg|af (3gfe fdec| (3.B.c.d AF AEE2:|
|dcdB AF ~F2|DF~F2 AF ~F2|dcdB ADFA|(3.B.c.d AF EGFE|
dcdB AFFE|DF~F2 ABde|(3.g.f.d ec dcdA|BdAF EGFE|
|dcdB AF ~F2|DF~F2 AF ~F2|dcdB ADFA|(3.B.c.d AF EGFE|
dcdA ~B2 BA|BAGB ABde|(3.g.f.d ec dcdA|BdAF EGFE|

Nineteen comments

Farewell To Ireland

I’ve searched on the database and not managed to find this tune. This is not the one aka Austin Tierney’s that goes D2 (3FED ADFA|Addc def2…This one sounds like a lot of other tunes - McDermott’s, Barrowburn, Miss Monaghan etc. all start similarly so they’re easily confused.

I think this is the one recorded on Molloy & Keane "Contentment is Wealth."

And here’s how I really play it:
K: D
M: 12/8
D3 {F}E2D F2A ABA|f2e d2f {a}e2d B2c|{e}d2B A2F {e}G3 {e}G2B|{d}A2G F2D {F}E2D E2A|
D3 {F}E2D F2A ABA|f2e d2f {a}e2d B2c|{e}d2B A2F G2{e}G {F}G2B|1 {d}A2G F2D {F}E2D D2A,:|2 {d}A2G F2D {F}E2D D2A||
|:d2e f2g {b}a2z {b}a2f|gag f2g e2A {c}B2A|d2e f2g {b}a2f d2f|g2e {g}f2d e2A e2f|
d2e f2g a2{b}a {^g}a2f|gag fg e2A B2c|{e}d2B A2F G2{e}G {F}G2B|1 {d}A2G F2D {F}E2D D2A:|2 {d}A2G F2D {F}E2D D2A,||

Sorry 1st bar of B-part was meant to be |:d2e f2g az2 {b}a2f…

and bar 6 of the B-part was meant to be |gag f2g e2A B2c|

Different tune

This is the tune I know as "Farewell to Irealnd"
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:|
|:ae^ce aece|gdBd gdBd|ae^ce ~a3f|gedB BA~A2|
agef ~g3e|dedB GABd|cBAB cdea|gedB BA~A2:|

Also known as Farewell to Erin

Same here, Guitar12. The other "Farewell to Ireland" is on the database here as "Farewell to Erin". I’m sure that most of the recording references will refer to that particular tune.

Yes I’m pretty sure too JohnJ

Shocking isn’t it, that two tunes can go by the same name :-)

Guitar12
I would call your Farewell - To Erin, not Ireland. But hey as Dow says two tunes by the same name! Shocking isn’t it. It’s just the "Same-Antics" again :)
Donough

Many Farewells

Michael Coleman recorded two reels on a 78 side with the sole title "Farewell to Ireland." One of them was "Farewell to Erin" as printed in Ryan’s Mammoth Collection and O’Neill’s Music of Ireland. The other one was this tune, which was subsequently recorded as "Farewell to Ireland" by James Morrison (probably because of the name on the Coleman disc). It was published in Breathnach’s Ceol Rince no. 1.

Farewell to Ireland as played by Cathal Hayden on fiddle

This clip came up on another thread, and I ended up transcribing Hayden’s first run through the tune based on this clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfcqGJBxxSg


X: 1
T: Farewell To Ireland
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: D
D2 F/E/D ADFD|Ad d/d/c de f2|D2 F/E/D ADFA|BdAF ~E3F|
D2 F/E/D ADFD|Ad d/d/c defe|d3c BdAd|B/d/B AF EGFE|
D2 F/E/D ADFD|Ad d/d/c de f2|D2 F/E/D ADFA|BdAF EGFE|
D2 F/E/D ADFD|Ad d/d/c defe|dB{d}BA BdAd|B/c/d AF Egfe||
d2 Bd AF F/F/F|DFAF BFAF|dABd A~F3|DE{G}ED E/E/E FA|
d2 cA B2 dc|BAAF ABdg|faec dBcA|B~F3 EDEc|
d2 Bd AF F/F/F|DFAF BFAF|dABd A~F3|DE{G}ED EABc|
d2 cd ~B3c|BAA^G ABdg|faec dBcA|BF F/F/F EDEF||

Posted .

That’s a different tune, Will.

Farewell to Ireland

The tune Cathal is playing here ( and is the last one annotated above) is indeed called Farewell to Ireland. It came up on Thursday at the Corrofin Trad festival , and I asked, because I always think they are starting to play The London Lasses in D - but was assured ( when I twigged it was not that) that the tune is called Farewell to Ireland. And you just don’t hear the other Farewell to Ireland that much any more - I think it has gone a bit out of fashion - great tune that it is anyway. So, the tune first annotated above by Dr Dow is not Farewell to Ireland as far as my research has gone so far . That seems to be a different tune entirely - and it is not one that I recognise - yet!

So, two tunes with the same name , quite different.Dr Dow is right, there are an awful lot of tunes that start on the note D and could take you anywhere after that, and easy to confuse. But we are left with the mystery of the title of the tune he has posted. Someone must know - or are there really three tunes with the same name?????

It’s recorded as The Maid In The Cherry Tree on Seamus Tansey’s Easter Snow, but there are 2 other tunes that get called that, so no solution there.