The Further, The Deeper jig

Also known as Boc Liath Nan Gobhar, Dean Cadal ‘s Fan Samhach A Chuillean A Ruin, Drive The Cows Home, The Farther In The Deeper, The Further In The Deeper, The Grey Buck, The Maids Of Kintail.

There are 15 recordings of this tune.

The Further, The Deeper appears in 1 other tune collection.

The Further, The Deeper has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Further, The Deeper has been added to 101 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Further, The Deeper
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:E|ABd edB|dBA A2B|GAB dgd|BGG G2g|
fed efg|aAA e2a|g2e dBd|eAA A2:|
|:d|ege ege|dBA A2B|ded dgd|BGG G2g|
fed efg|aAA e2a|g2e dBd|eAA A2:|
X: 2
T: The Further, The Deeper
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
ege edB|dBA A2B|~G3 GBd|BGF G2g|
fed efg|aAa e2f|~g3 dBd|1 ecA A2d:|2 ecA Ae/f/g||
~a3 efg|aea e2f|gfg def|gfg de/f/g|
|1~a3 efg|aba e2 f|~g3 dBd|ecA Afg|
:|2 agf gfe|fed edB|g3 dBd|ecA ABd||
X: 3
T: The Further, The Deeper
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
A|:ege edB|dBA A2B|GBA Gge|dBA G2g|
fed ef^g|a^ga e2f|g2e dBd|1 edA A2d:|2 edA A2e||
|: aga efg|aga e2f|gfg def|gfg d2e|
[1 aga efg|aga e2f|g2e dBd|edA A2g:|
[2 agf gfe|fed edB|g2e dBd|edA A2d||

Eight comments

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:

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: Click "Watch an exclusive online performace."

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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

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.