The Further, The Deeper
A mighty little jig from Paul O’Shaughnessy and Harry Bradley’s duet album. According to the notes, the tune originally comes from John Doherty’s playing. It seems listed as "Drive the Cows Home" in O’Neill’s and known as "The Maids of Kintail" in Scotland.
By the way, you can listen to the sample clip from the recording: http://www.claddaghrecords.com/www/music/mp3/MAR2005/BFS001trk1.mp3
It seems on John Doherty’s recording as "The Farther in the Deeper."
Sleeve notes on "The Floating Bow":
John associated this tune with a piper who attempted to make a journey underground through the caves between Maghera near Ardara and Glencolmcille in south-west Donegal. This is the last tune that the intrepid piper was heard to play and according to John he was ‘attacked by some wild animal or some wild beast or something, and he never returned.’
I’ve just watched Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Dermot Byrne play this: http://www.rte.ie/tv/thefullset/ep6.html Click "Watch an exclusive online performace."
If you are in Ireland, you can watch the programme in a couple of hours. If not, the entire show will be available on the web in a day.
The Farther in the Deeper
This can be found in The Gesto Collection of Highland Music (Leipsig, 1893) as "Boc Liath Nan Gobhar" or "The Grey Buck", and later in the same collection as "Dean Cadal ‘s Fan Samhach a Chuillean a Ruin".
Drive the Cows Home - Sunny Banks CD
My setting above is taken off the Sunny Banks CD with Edel Fox and Neil Byrne
Re: The Further, The Deeper
Here are Julie Fowlis and Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh playing it; last tune in the set at 2:25.
Drive the Cows Home, X:3
A few variations. The A Part reminds me of another tune, although I cannot yet put my finger on which one.