The Longford Collector reel

Also known as Bailitheoir Lonhphoirt, Langford Collector, The Longford Beggarman, The Longford Rent Collector, Longfort Collector, The Longfort Collector, The Man From Longford.

There are 61 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

The Longford Collector appears in 5 other tune collections.

The Longford Collector has been added to 98 tune sets.

The Longford Collector has been added to 554 tunebooks.

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Five settings

1
X: 1
T: The Longford Collector
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G3A Bcdg|e~B3 eBdB|~G3A B2dB|ABBA GEDE|
~G3A Bcdg|e~B3 d2ef|~g3f gedB|ABBA GEDE|
G3A Bcdg|e~B3 eBdB|~G3A B2dB|ABBA GEDE|
~G3A Bcdg|e~B3 d2ef|~g3f gedB|ABBA GEED||
~g3f gedg|e~B3 d2ef|~g2gf gedB|ABBA GEED|
~g3f gedg|e~B3 d2ef|gbaf gedB|ABBA GEED|
~g2gf gedg|e~B3 d2ef|~g3g gedB|ABBA GEED|
~g3f gedg|e~B3 d2ef|gbaf gedB|ABBA GEDE||
2
X: 2
T: The Longford Collector
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|G3A Bcdg|eB B2 eBdB|G3A B2dB|AcBA GEDE|
G3A BABd|eB B2 d2ef|gbaf gedB|AcBA GEDE|
GFGA BABd|eB B2 eBdB|G3A BcdB|AcBA GEDE|
G3A Bcdg|eB B2 d2ef|g3f gedB|AcBA GEED||
|g3f gedg|eB B2 d2ef|g2af gedB|AcBA GEDE|
g3f gedg|eB B2 d2ef|gbaf gedB|AcBA GE D2|
gfga gedg|eB B2 d2 ef|gbaf gedB|AcBA GEDE|
g3f gedg|eB B2 d2 ef|gbaf gedB|AcBA GE D2||
# Added by JACKB .
3
X: 3
T: The Longford Collector
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GFGA BABd|eB B2 eBdB|G3A BABd|(3cBA BG AGED|
G3A Bcdg|eB B2 d2ef|gbaf gedB|AcBA GEDE||
|g3f gedg|eB B2 d2ef|g2af gedB|AcBA GEDE|
gfga gedg|eB B2 d2 ef|gbaf gedB|AcBA GE D2||
# Added by JACKB .
4
X: 4
T: The Longford Collector
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:"G"G/G/G GA Bcdg|"Em"eB B/B/B "D"eBdB|"G"G/G/G GA "Em"B2 dB|"Am"AcBA "D"GEDE|
"G"G/G/G GA Bcdg|"Em"eB B/B/B "D"d2 ef|"G"g/g/g af gedB|"Am"AcBA "D"GEDE :|
|:"G"g/g/g ga gedg|"Em"eB B/B/B "D"d2 ef|"G"g/g/g af gedB|"Am"AcBA "D"GEDE|
"G"g/g/g ga gedg|"Em"eB B/B/B "D"d2 ef|"G"gbaf gedB|"Am"AcBA "D"GEDE:|
5
X: 5
T: The Longford Collector
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
~G3 A Bddf | eB ~B2 eBdB | ~G3 A BddB | AcBA GEDE |
~G3 A Bddf | eB ~B2 d2 ef | ~g2 af gedB | AcBA GEDE :|
|:~g3 a gedf | eB ~B2 d2 ef | ~g2 af gedB | AcBA GEDE |
~g3 a gedf | eB ~B2 d2 ef | ~g2 af gedB | AcBA GEDE :|

Twelve comments

This is the 2nd tune in the "Tarbolton Set" Mighty on its own as well.

The Longford Collector

Thanks so much for posting this BMaloney-the tune’s been driving me mad since I heard Michael Glynn play it at the Jindabyne Fleadh a couple of weeks back here in Oz.I had been doing the advanced search thing trying the notes in my head and getting nowhere until I was looking at the comments for the Tarbolton.
Cheers
Gerry

Seamus egan version

anyone got the notes for wacky variation Seamus Egan plays on the Brothers McMullen soundtrack?

A tax collector? A song collector? Perhaps that’s the one tune he went away without!

Title:

Supposedly changed from ‘beggarman’ to ‘collector’ by Michael Coleman so as not to offend people from Longford.

Title

Brad Moloney posted this reel here 11 years ago. Somebody changed the title to "Dwyer’s" with no justification at all, and the links disappeared from recordings such as Michael Coleman’s, Martin Byrnes, and the "Dubliners". I tracked it down, and I’ve put it back to its’ original. If someone has a reason for naming this tune anything other than "The Longford Collector", or the variants listed along with it above, then say so here for discussion, but please don’t do it without offering any reason. I also noticed the same thing where "Rolling In The Barrel" had been changed to "Farewell To Ireland".

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eili

maybe an apocryphal story, I heard or read somewhere Michael Coleman announced the tune at a ceili
as ’ The Longford Tinker’ whereupon a woman in the audience shouted with great resentment
‘I ‘m from Longford and I tell yez I’m no tinker’ or words to that effect, and thereafter the tune was renamed-
its a great story whether true or not

The Longford Collector, X:5

Taken from ‘A Fine Selection of Over 200 Irish Traditional Tunes for Sessions’, compiled by David Speers with a Forward by Matt Cranitch. Like many trad tunes this seems to move from major (G) to minor (Em).

Re: The Longford Collector

My knowledge of musical notation is dodgy at best. I wish to learn JackB’s version of this tune but could someone kindly tell me if I play each part twice through (as I would wish to) or do I just play each part once? Again thanks in advance to anyone who answers

Re: The Longford Collector

I see JackB has posted it twice (X:2 and X:3). X:2 has the repeats of the A & B sections written out in full (16 bars rather than 2 x 8 bars) so as to indicate some variations in the way each part can be played. Although there are no repeat signs given in the X:3 notation, I’d regard this as an omission and assume that each 8-bar part should be played twice, since I understand the tune to be usually played as a 32-bar piece.

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Re: The Longford Collector

Thanks Bazza I was thinking this was a case of simple omissions as from my own slight piece of research/listening of this reel I now kind of recognise the piece as a ‘double bubble’ ( : but needed to be as sure as possible. Cheers again