Farewell To Tim Collins reel

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

Farewell To Tim Collins has been added to 21 tunebooks.

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X: 1
T: Farewell To Tim Collins
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
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# Added by Avery .

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Very Different!

Since I tried posting this earlier and was denied, I am trying again. I already posted this version in the comments of the tune by the same name, but was encouraged to post it as a seperate tune

This is a very different reel from the one posted under the same name. The two are similar in the ascending lines in the A part, but this is Gmaj (instead of Emin) and is a single reel not a double.

I got this version from what Donogh Hennessy plays on the compilation album "Masters of the Irish Guitar." It was written by Paidi Ban O Broin (aka Paddy Bawn O’Brien) a Box and Flute player.

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Farewell to TIm Collins

Avery, I think I’ve figured out what’s going on here. Donogh plays two reels in the track you’re listening to. One of them is Paddy O’Brien’s "Poor But Happy at 53" as posted by Zina (as "Michael Tennyson’s"). The other reel, presumably the one you’ve posted here, is called "Farewell to Tim Collins."

So far, the only sound clips of that track I’ve been able to find online only feature "Poor But Happy at 53," unmistakably the tune Zina posted.

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That makes sense. Must have been a typo on the track listing as I learned the second tune in the set which was listed as "Poor but Happy at 53." Now I can post it as a seperate tune.

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BTW, This is Donogh’s own compositon.

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Ah, I see.

Any mention in the liner notes as to who Tim Collins is/was?

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I’ve seen the name here and there, but never heard his music. Thanks for the link—now I have another cd to add to my wish list….

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Says nthing about Tim in the liner notes just that this is Donogh’s tune.

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Donogh and Tim are both from Co. Kerry, aren’t they? I might be wrong. But I read Donogh was living in Kerry when he was young.

I’m not very keen on his compositions on Lunasa’s recordings, but I love this one. Maybe he originally wrote it as a whistle tune.

Three or four years ago in the summer, I was listening to Jesse Smith and Mirella Murray playing tunes just beside them in a certain pub in Galway. It was afternoon, and the pub was nice and quiet. Around half an hour after the music started, a young man with a familiar face suddenly opened the door. It was Donogh. As a sensible tourist, I put my small backpack away, and he sat beside me. I said "Why don’t you bring a guitar?" "Naa, I want to keep away from it for a while," he replied. Then he took a whistle out of his pocket and started playing it with Jesse and Mirella. He was obviously exhausted just after lots of gigs in many parts of Ireland, and I doubt that was his best whitle playing. But he wasn’t a bad player!

Slainte, I believe the story goes that Donogh is originally from Dublin, but moved to Kerry and fell in love with trad there. Interesting how both Lunasa guitarists both spent time in Kerry (Paul Meehan is an expert Polka Flatpicker).

I am with you, this has to be a whistle tune, it just works so well on Flute/Whistle, I tried it on Banjo and it just wasn’t as good.

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I once asked Donogh if he wrote his tunes on whistle, and my memory is that he said yes. It’s been a while, though, so my memory could be off, or he might have changes his habits in the intervening years. Certainly all of his tunes that I’ve bothered to learn fit very well on whistle….

Although the track listing says that Tim Collins tune comes first, it is in fact the Poor But Happy tune that comes first and then it is followed by this tune.

Inion Ni Sccanlain has always been one of my favorite slow Lunasa tunes.

Donough, that is what lead to our confusion as I posted this in the comments of Poor but Happy and confused everybody, but Whoois noticd what had happend.

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