Farewell To Cailroe reel

By Finbarr Dwyer

Also known as Farewell To Choill Rua, Farewell To Kilrae, Farewell To Kilroe.

There are 20 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

Farewell To Cailroe appears in 1 other tune collection.

Farewell To Cailroe has been added to 6 tune sets.

Farewell To Cailroe has been added to 48 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Farewell To Cailroe
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
EFGE AGEc|d2 ce d2 cd|efed BA A2|BEGB A4:|
# Added by Kenny .
X: 2
T: Farewell To Cailroe
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
E|A2EC DCDE|(3CB,A, CE A2Bd|(3efe ^df eAcA|BGAB GED=G|
EFGE AGED|dece d2cd|efed BA~A2|BeGB A3:|
X: 3
T: Farewell To Cailroe
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d2AF GFGA|FDFA defg|ab^gb a=gfd|efde cABc|
ABcA dcAf|gafa g2fg|~a3g edcd|eAce d3 A:|
d2 af gfeg|fgef dcAG|EFGE A2 EA|cAec dcAc|
d2 Ad FdAd|Beed cABc|da^ga =gfge|cdec d4:|

Eighteen comments

Farewell To Cailroe

Not a tune that I’ve heard played that often - Sean Maguire, certainly, and I think maybe Billy McComiskey, with or without Brendan Mulvihill. Not a flute or whistle tune at all, because of the range and the G#s, however, I bought an A whistle from John Sindt a while back, and it works on that. I think it may have been composed by Finbar Dwyer.

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Nice one Kenny!

Always loved Sean Playing this one and I have heard Tom Ginley play it on a silver flute.Dead right about the composer also.

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Yeah, good box tune

First heard this one from Damien Mullane, the great young London box player. Also to be heard on Eliot Grasso’s CD, Standing Room Only

Great tune but doesn’t the melody have a bit of a hornpipe feel to it or is it just me?

I’m learning this tune at the moment. I’ve spent time over the last few years learning some of Finbarr’s more obscure tunes. I think this should become part of my repertoire since it is slightly more common than some of his other compositions.

I’m learning it in C and D though.

Richard Dwyer

Setting #2 comes from the playing of Richard Dwyer, Finbarr’s brother, on a recording called ‘Kitty’s Rambles’. It is not, as yet, in the recordings database. I was given it on a memory stick, without track titles, and have not found any info about it on the web - I assume it has been deleted.

Finbarr, not Richard

So ‘Kitty’s Rambles’ (the album) is by Finbarr, not Richard Dwyer? That explains a lot, as I didn’t think Richard D. played the accordion (A flute player, wasn’t he?). The files I have must be incorrectly marked.

Richard Dwyer…

Don’t know about flute, but Richard was certainly a whistle player.

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Richard plays mainly box (https://thesession.org/recordings/1909).

Michael (God rest him) was the renowned whistle player (considered by many to be among the best that has ever lived) though he also played fiddle. We only had his memorial festival this last weekend.

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Sorry - thanks for the correction, “Hurler”. I was remembering sleeve notes from the Liz Carroll & Tommy Maguire recording which said that they’d learned “Richard Dwyer’s” from a whistle-player, and I made a totally false connection, transforming Richard Dwyer into the whistle-player. Should have checked, of course, although I did try by looking up Fintan Vallely’s “Companion”, which wasn’t any help in this instance. And as if that’s not daft enough, it was me who posted the Michael Dwyer CD just last week ! I’d love to get to that festival sometime.
All the best, Kenny

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Re: Farewell To Cailroe

This tune is also good in G (heard a box player from Ardrahan play it that way) and also in D - which does suit the flute and whistle!

Re: Farewell To Cailroe

Cailroe was where Finbarr died, I believe?

Re: Farewell To Cailroe

This tune was played very sweetly by the late Brendan Mulkere with another reel, on ‘Hup’, Series 2, Episode 9, during the Cooley-Collins Festival in Gort.
I’d like to get the name of the other reel Brendan played on that programme, following ‘Farewell to Cailroe’.

Re: Farewell To Cailroe

Yes, I think that’s it. Thanks!

Re: Farewell To Cailroe

There’s a beautiful version of this tune on Yvonne Casey’s album, “Chroi.”