Moran’s Return barndance

Also known as To Daunton Me.

There are 18 recordings of a tune by this name.

Moran's Return has been added to 65 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: Moran's Return
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
Ac|:d2G2 G2cB|A2F2 F2fg|a>gfe fdcA|G2GA B2Bc|
d2G2 G2cB|A2F2 F2fg|a>gfe fdcA|1G2F2 F2Ac:|2 G2F2 F2AG||
F2fe f3g|agfe d2cA|d2g2 g3a|bagf g2fg|
a2ba g2ag|f>gfd c2fg|a>gfe fdcA|1G2F2 F2AG:|2 G2F2 HF2||
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X: 2
T: Moran's Return
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
d2 G2 G2 c>B | A2 F2 F2 f>g | agfe fdcA | G2 G>A B2 B>c |
d2 G2 G2 c>B | A2 F2 F2 f>g | agfe fdcA | G2 F2 F2 ||
F2 f>e f3 g | agfe d2 c>A | d2 g2 g3 a | bagf g2 f>g |
a2 ba g2 ag | fgfd c2 f>g | agfe fdcA | G2 F2 F2 ||
e2 A2 A2 d>c | B2 G2 G2 g>a | bagf gedB | A2 A>B c2 c>d |
e2 A2 A2 d>c | B2 G2 G2 g>a | bagf gedB | A2 G2 G2 ||
G2 g>f g3 a | bagf e2 d>B | e2 a2 a3 b | c'bag a2 g>a |
b2 c'b a2 ba | gage d2 g>a | bagf gedB | A2 G2 G2 ||
B2 E2 E2 A>G | F2 D2 D2 d>e | fedc dBAF | E2 E>F G2 G>A |
B2 E2 E2 A>G | F2 D2 D2 d>e | fedc dBAF | E2 D2 D2 ||
D2 d>c d3 e | fedc B2 A>F | B2 e2 e3 f | gfed e2 d>e |
f2 gf e2 fe | dedB A2 d>e | fedc dBAF | E2 D2 D2 ||
X: 3
T: Moran's Return
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
F = G Dorian ~ ending ~ | agfe fdcA | G6 ||
G = A Dorian ~ ending ~ | bagf gedB | A6 ||
D = E Dorian ~ ending ~ | fedc dBAF | E6 ||
X: 4
T: Moran's Return
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
B>E (3EEE E2 A>G | F>D (3DDD D2 d>e | f>ed>c d>BA<F | E2 3DEF G2 (3FGA |
B2 e2 E2 d>B | A2 d2 D2 d>e | f>ed>c d>BA<F | E2 (3EEE E2 :|
D2 d>c d3 e | f>e (3dcB A2 (3AGF | E2 e>^d e3 f | g>fe<d B2 d>e |
f2 g>f (3eee f>e | d>c (3dcB (3AAA d>e | f>ed>c d>BA<F | E2 E2 E2 :|
X: 5
T: Moran's Return
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
B>E (3EEE E2 A>G | F>D (3DDD D2 d>e | f>ed>c d>BA<F | E2 3DEF G2 (3FGA |
B2 e2 E2 d>B | A2 d2 D2 d>e | f>ed>c d>BA<F | E2 (3EEE E2 :|
D2 d>c d3 e | f>e (3dcB A2 (3AGF | E2 e>^d e3 f | g>fe<d B2 d>e |
f2 g>f (3eee f>e | d>c (3dcB (3AAA d>e | f>ed>c d>BA<F | E2 E2 E2 :|
X: 6
T: Moran's Return
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
G>A | B2 E2 E2 A>G | F>GE>F D2 d>e | f>ed>B d<BA>F | B2 E2 E2 :|
F>E | D2 d2 d2 B>^c | d>ed>B A2 d>^c | B2 e2 e2 e>f | g>fe>d B2
e>f | f2 (3agf e2 (3gfe | d>ed>B A2 f>ed>B d<BA>F | B2 E2 E2 |]
X: 7
T: Moran's Return
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
F3 |A B4 | E2>F2 E4 | A2>G2 | F2>G2 E3 |F D4 |
d2>e2 f3 |e d2 B2 | d2<B2 A2 | F2 B4 |
E2>F2 E4 | F2 A2 | B4 E3 |F E4 |
A2>G2 F3 |G2< E2F | D4 d3 |e2< f2e |
d2 B2 d2<B2 | A2 F2 | B4 E3 |F E4 |
F2>E2 D4 | d2>e2 | d6 | e2 d2>e2 |
dA B4< A4 | dA | B4 e4 | e6 |
f2 g3 |f e2 dA | B4 d2 | e2 f4 |
g2 f2 e4 | f2 e2 | d2>e2 dA | B2 A4 |
d2 e2 f3 |e d2 B2 | d2<B2 A2 | F2 B4 |
E2>F2 E12 | F2 | A2 B4 | E2>F2 E4 |
A2>G2 | F2>G2 E3 |F D4 | d2 e2 f3 |
e d2 B2 | d2<B2 A2 | F2 B4 | E2>F2 E4 |
F2 A2 | B4 E3 |F E4 | A2>G2 F3 |
G2< E2F | D4 d2 | e2 f2>e2 | d2 B2 d2<B2 |
A2 F2 | B4 E3 |F E4 | F2>E2 D4 |
d2>e2 | d6 | e2 d2>e2 | dA B4< A4 |
dA | B4 e4 | e6 | f2 g3 |
f e2 dA | B4 d2 | e2 f4 | g2 f2 e4 |
f2 e2 | d2>e2 dA | B2 A4 | d2 e2 f3 |
e d2 B2 | d2<B2 A2 | F2 B4 | E2>F2 E8 |

Nineteen comments

Someone requested this one, so here it is!
I really like this -simple- tune, it’s one of the first I learnt.

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Being in F, it sounds a little different but still quite traditional despite that. Was it composed by an Irishman?

It’s a good tune for practicing B flats and F naturals because you can play it slow (being a barndance).

“Old Irish Folk Music and Songs” ~ P.W. Joyce

London, Longmans, Green and Co, 1909 ~ this has also been available as a reprint… This lovely tune is in this collection in the key of F… As a barndance it would be swung…

A note on how the tune would be played:

”Moderately slow" ~ "tender”… I like that. ;-)

”>”

Joyce notated it with swing…

Wow, that was quick. I put it on as a request only a few days ago :)

“Moran’s Return”

R: Air
K: F Major
Major
(3ABc |
d2 G2 G2 c>B | A2 F2 F2 f>g | agfe fdcA | G2 G>A B2 B>c |
d2 G2 G2 c>B | A2 F2 F2 f>g | agfe fdcA | G2 F2 F2 ||
A>G |
F2 f>e f3 g | agfe d2 c>A | d2 g2 g3 a | bagf g2 f>g |
a2 ba g2 ag | fgfd c2 f>g | agfe fdcA | G2 F2 F2 ||

K:G Major ~ or F on a C wind instrument
(3Bcd |
e2 A2 A2 d>c | B2 G2 G2 g>a | bagf gedB | A2 A>B c2 c>d |
e2 A2 A2 d>c | B2 G2 G2 g>a | bagf gedB | A2 G2 G2 ||
|: B>A |
G2 g>f g3 a | bagf e2 d>B | e2 a2 a3 b | c’bag a2 g>a |
b2 c’b a2 ba | gage d2 g>a | bagf gedB | A2 G2 G2 ||

K: D Major ~ or F on a Bb wind instrument
(3FGA |
B2 E2 E2 A>G | F2 D2 D2 d>e | fedc dBAF | E2 E>F G2 G>A |
B2 E2 E2 A>G | F2 D2 D2 d>e | fedc dBAF | E2 D2 D2 ||
|: F>E |
D2 d>c d3 e | fedc B2 A>F | B2 e2 e3 f | gfed e2 d>e |
f2 gf e2 fe | dedB A2 d>e | fedc dBAF | E2 D2 D2 ||

Oops ~ for the last example given that would be Bb on a Bb instrument, of F on an F instrument…

However, I really feel this melody resolves as Dorian, so in the above offerings:

F = G Dorian ~ ending ~ | agfe fdcA | G6 ||
G = A Dorian ~ ending ~ | bagf gedB | A6 ||
D = E Dorian ~ ending ~ | fedc dBAF | E6 ||

Maybe Joyce didn’t like Dorian?

“Moran’s Barndance”

K: E Dorian
|: (3FGA |

B>E (3EEE E2 A>G | F>D (3DDD D2 d>e | f>ed>c d>BA<F | E2 3DEF G2 (3FGA |
B2 e2 E2 d>B | A2 d2 D2 d>e | f>ed>c d>BA<F | E2 (3EEE E2 :|
|: (3GFE |
D2 d>c d3 e | f>e (3dcB A2 (3AGF | E2 e>^d e3 f | g>fe<d B2 d>e |

f2 g>f (3eee f>e | d>c (3dcB (3AAA d>e | f>ed>c d>BA<F | E2 E2 E2 :|

Don’t let ‘button’ see this, he’ll get unstuck…

A redo ~ something weird happening with the spacing…

K: E Dorian
|: (3FGA |
B>E (3EEE E2 A>G | F>D (3DDD D2 d>e | f>ed>c d>BA<F | E2 3DEF G2 (3FGA |
B2 e2 E2 d>B | A2 d2 D2 d>e | f>ed>c d>BA<F | E2 (3EEE E2 :|
|: (3GFE |
D2 d>c d3 e | f>e (3dcB A2 (3AGF | E2 e>^d e3 f | g>fe<d B2 d>e |
f2 g>f (3eee f>e | d>c (3dcB (3AAA d>e | f>ed>c d>BA<F | E2 E2 E2 :|

From an old Scottish song

I kow this is a slow air ( from Arty and Nollaig’s record ). To see it as a barn dance is a big surprise.

But - another twist - it actually is the tune to an old Scottish song, and may not be an irish tune despite the name. I’ll try to find out the name of the song by asking a friend the next few days.

It sounds like a march to me. Some sort of slow march? Maybe one for tired soldiers…

165 - 170 bpm…Yee Ha!

Yes, as said earlier, it is an ‘air’ (R: air), but because it was placed under this heading I decided to have some fun with it and tried it as a ‘barndance’, for which it might be passable, but I’m of the same mind as Dow, it actually comes out as a nice march, if better at a funerary pace… ;-)

Even so, when I take it at a good clip (see the heading ~ 165-170 bpm) and dance barndances / schottisches to it ~ it was a kick, is fun, so it can work there too…

Robbie Burns

Burns had a song to this air - "To Daunton Me"

Moran’s Return

Here is the tune "To Daunton Me" for comparison:

X: 1
T: To Daunton Me
S: Kerr’s Merry Melodies Bk 2
Z: Nigel Gatherer
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: Highland Schottische
K: Em
G>A | B2 E2 E2 A>G | F>GE>F D2 d>e | f>ed>B d<BA>F | B2 E2 E2 :|
F>E | D2 d2 d2 B>^c | d>ed>B A2 d>^c | B2 e2 e2 e>f | g>fe>d B2
e>f | f2 (3agf e2 (3gfe | d>ed>B A2 f>ed>B d<BA>F | B2 E2 E2 |]

Moran’s Return, X:7 or To Daunton Me

First heard this tune on Jerry O’Sullivan’s "O’Sullivan Meets O’Farrell, Volume 2". Its a tune off of O’farrell’s pocket companion. Jerry plays it a bit different than the O’farrell original and I could not find any other ABC tunes like the way he plays it. So I tried my own transcription using Sibelius and then using EasyABC to convert to ABC. Its missing the ornaments but its pretty close. Love the tune. This is my first time doing this and my first post to The Session.