Farewell To Erin reel

Also known as Austin Tierney’s, Austin Tierney’s, The Cherry Tree, Farewell To Éireann, Farewell To Erin, Farewell To Ireland, Farewell To Ireland, The Flying Column, London Lassies.

There are 55 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Farewell To Ireland (a few times), Jenny’s Chickens (a few times), The Boys Of Ballisodare (a few times), The Five Mile Chase (a few times) and The Galway Rambler (a few times).

Farewell To Erin has been added to 13 tune sets.

Farewell To Erin has been added to 302 tunebooks.

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Eight settings

X: 1
T: Farewell To Erin
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: D2 (3FED ADFA | Ad~d2 Adfd | D2 (3FED ADFA | dBcA BFAF |
D2 (3FED ADFA | Ad~d2 defg | afge fdec | dBAG FD D2 :|
|: dcdB AF~F2 | DFBF AFEF | dcdB ADFA | BF~F2 GFEF |
d2 cd (3Bcd AF | Addc defg | afge fdec | dBAG FD D2 :||
X: 2
T: Farewell To Erin
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D2 (3FED AD (3FED|Addc def2|D2 (3FED ADFA|BdAF EDCE|
D2 (3FED AD (3FED|AddA Bcde|fd (3gfe dBBA|1 BdAF E2FE:|2 BdAF E2FA||
|:d3B AF~F2|DFBF AF~F2|d3B BAFA|BdAF EDCE|
DddA BcdB|BAFB ABde|fd (3gfe dBBA|1 BdAF E2FA:|2 BdAF E2FE||
D2 (3FED AD (3FED|Addc defe|~d3A BAFA|BdAF EDCE|
|faec dBAF|1 BFAF EFGA:|2 BFAF EGFE||
X: 3
T: Farewell To Erin
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:D2(3FED ADFD|Addc def2D2(3FED ADFA|B2AF EDB,A,|
D2(3FED ADFD|Addc def2|dBBA BdAd|1 B2AF EDCE:|2 B2AF Egfe||
d2Bd AF~F2|DFAF BFAF|G2Bd AF~F2|DEED EABc|
d2cd B2 dB|AAFA ABde|f2ec dBcA|BdAF Egfe|
d2Bd AF~F2|DFAF BFAF|G2Bd AF~F2|DEED EABc|
dcBA B2 cB|AAFA ABde|f2ec dBcA|B2AF E2FE||
X: 4
T: Farewell To Erin
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D2(3FED ADFD|Addc def2D2(3FED ADFA|B2AF EDB,A,|!
D2(3FED ADFD|Addc def2|dBBA BdAd|1 B2AF EDCE:|2 B2AF Egfe||!
d2Bd AF~F2|DFAF BFAF|G2Bd AF~F2|DEED EABc|!
d2cd B2 dB|AAFA ABde|f2ec dBcA|BdAF Egfe|!
d2Bd AF~F2|DFAF BFAF|G2Bd AF~F2|DEED EABc|!
dcBA B2 cB|AAFA ABde|f2ec dBcA|B2AF E2FE||!
X: 5
T: Farewell To Erin
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D2 (3FED ADFA|Addc de f2|D2 (3FED ADFA|BdAF GFEF|
D2(3FED ADFA|Addc Bcde|(3fga ec dcBA|1 (3Bcd AF GFEF:|2 (3Bcd AF EFGA||
d2 dB AF (3FFF|DFAB ADFA|dcdB ADFA|(3Bcd AF EDEF|
d2 dc B2 Bd|BA^GB ABde|faef decd|1 BdAF GFEF:|2 BdAF EDEF||
X: 6
T: Farewell To Erin
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D2ED ADED|Addc Adfd|D2ED ADFA|B2AF E2BE|
D2ED ADED|Addc d2fg|affe faeB|~B2AF EDB,D:|
dcdB AF~F2|AFBF AF~F2|dcdB AF~F2|BFAF EDB,D|
d2cd B2AF|Addc d2fg|affe (3fga eB|~B2AF EDB,D:|
X: 7
T: Farewell To Erin
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D2 ((3FED) ADFD|Addc defd|D2 ((3FED) ADFD|((3Bcd) AE P(FE)EF|
D2 ((3FED) ADFD|Addc defg|((3agf) ((3gfe) fded|((3Bcd) AE (FE)EF||
(3.d.d.d dB AF-~F2|DF-~F ADFA|dcdB ADFA|(3Bcd AF P(FE)Ec|
((3ded) ((3cdc) ((3BcB) ((3ABc)|BA^GA Bcde|((3fga) ec dcBA|GFED CEA,CA|]
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X: 8
T: Farewell To Erin
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D2 ED AD (3FED | A3d def2 | D3F ADFA | ABAF GFEF |
DEED AD (3FED | A2dc Bcde | effe dcBA | ABAF GFEF ||
D2 ED AD (3FED | GAAd def2 | d3B BAFA | ABAF GFEF |
DEED AD (3FED | A2dc Bcde | effe dcBA | ABAF GBec ||
|:deed AFFB | AFBF AFFB | AddB ADFA | AGAB GABc |
dfed B2dB | BAFB ABde | effe dcBA |1 ABAF GBec :|2 ABAF GFEF ||

Twenty-eight comments

Farewell to Erin

I think this is the tune that is often confused with "Farewell to Ireland" I learned it from listening to an old player a long time ago & my setting may be different than what’s the most common. I think the story is that Coleman recorded "Farewell to Erin/Farewell to Ireland" as a set & just called it "Farewell to Erin" so both tunes ended up with the title. To complicate matters, I learned this tune as "The Maid in the Cherry Tree" which is another title which is the proud owner of at least 3 or so tunes. But I’ve heard more than one person call this one "The Maid in the Cherry Tree".

nice tune,it’s also on the frankie gavin/alec finn album.

Frankie and alec

thats where its billed as austin tierneys

both the 1850 Tunes O’Neils and the Cole publication (Chicago 1940) have noted a very nice four note turn on the low strings at the end of this tune. For me it’s the best part of the tune, and the hook to remembering it.. the descent continues through the last bar gf#ed for the first group of eigth notes, then adds low c#eac# as the second half of the bar instead of the whole note loew d ending.

the o’neils version by mistake only scribes one sharp into the key signature, which would of course suggest the tune was in the key of G, however this tune is clearly, loudly, a tonic D.

London Lasses

Melodically this tune is very close to London Lasses, which is usually played in G. John Carty recorded a great setting in A; it followed Sligo Maid.

Larry

Austin Tierney’s

This is a really common tune at our session. I have a recording of it being played, and it’s a lot different to the posted setting.

X: 1
T: Austin Tierney’s
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
D2 (3FED AD (3FED|Addc def2|D2 (3FED ADFA|BdAF EDCE|
D2 (3FED AD (3FED|AddA Bcde|fd (3gfe dBBA|1 BdAF E2FE:|2 BdAF E2FA||
|:d3B AF~F2|DFBF AF~F2|d3B BAFA|BdAF EDCE|
DddA BcdB|BAFB ABde|fd (3gfe dBBA|1 BdAF E2FA:|2 BdAF E2FE||

In a variation which I particularly like, the 1st line can be altered so that you stay up high like this:
D2 (3FED AD (3FED|Addc defe|~d3A BAFA|BdAF EDCE|…

The part endings sometimes come out like this:
…|faec dBAF|1 BFAF EFGA:|2 BFAF EGFE||…

Goodbye to Ireland in D

This tune is NOT the popular Farewell to Ireland in AMix as posted by Jeremy. This tune is the first cut off the Cathal Hayden CD.

I’ve supplied the basic framework, but Hayden provides additional variations and ornamentation that one would benefit from a listen. The entire CD is worth owning and I vow to learn all the tunes!

Austin Tierney’s

I and everyone else I play with know this one as Austin Tierney’s. The version I know is closer to this one. I know Farewell/Goodbye/Whatever To Ireland as a different but very similar sounding tune, also in D: https://thesession.org/tunes/4403.

Revision

I wrote this tune up in ABC shortly while I was learning it and found a couple of places where I could have written it out more accurately, therefor I am submitting my updated version:

T:Goodbye to Ireland
M:4/4
L:1/8
Q:2/4=120
S:Cathal Hayden CD
R:Reel
K:D
D2(3FED ADFD|Addc def2D2(3FED ADFA|B2AF EDB,A,|!
D2(3FED ADFD|Addc def2|dBBA BdAd|1 B2AF EDCE:|2 B2AF Egfe||!
d2Bd AF~F2|DFAF BFAF|G2Bd AF~F2|DEED EABc|!
d2cd B2 dB|AAFA ABde|f2ec dBcA|BdAF Egfe|!
d2Bd AF~F2|DFAF BFAF|G2Bd AF~F2|DEED EABc|!
dcBA B2 cB|AAFA ABde|f2ec dBcA|B2AF E2FE||!

% ABC2Win Version 2.1 8/18/2005

And, thanks, Dow, for that bit of information. Interesting how two totally different tunes can have the same name. I wonder if Austin Tierney recorded it, wrote it, or???

Farewell To Eireann

Lifted this tune from the Bakerswell Tape. Sean Potts tells us in the sleeve notes that he learned this tune from his uncle, the one & only Tommy Potts.

However, it’s such a well known tune that I’d be very surprised if it isn’t already in here.

However, I couldn’t find it, only the standard Farewell to Erin.

This is no doubt a version of ‘Farewell to Ireland’?

Well, at least this is a piping friendly version. That has to count for something!

Duplicate posting

This reel has been in the database for over 3 years. We don’t need it again.

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The Flying Column (reel)

Source: Music Of Sligo by Peter Horan And Fred Finn
Transcription: gian marco p.

Reminds me a bit of The Mountain Road.

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Great tune. I particularly like the second B part Peter plays when he’s not playing it with Fred — if you’ve got the Trip to Sligo book, they do a pretty good job of writing it out, calling it "Maid in the Cherry Tree".

Another name for this is The Flying Column.

The Flying Column is another name I’ve seen for this.

Farewell to Erin (O’Neill’s Music of Ireland)

X:
T:Farewell to Erin
B:O’Neill’s Music of Ireland, pg. 744, Nº 1472
M:4/4
L:1/8
R:reel
K:Gmaj
D2 ((3FED) ADFD|Addc defd|D2 ((3FED) ADFD|((3Bcd) AE P(FE)EF|
D2 ((3FED) ADFD|Addc defg|((3agf) ((3gfe) fded|((3Bcd) AE (FE)EF||
(3.d.d.d dB AF-~F2|DF-~F ADFA|dcdB ADFA|(3Bcd AF P(FE)Ec|
((3ded) ((3cdc) ((3BcB) ((3ABc)|BA^GA Bcde|((3fga) ec dcBA|GFED CEA,CA|]

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Older sources

This tune already appears in Ryan’s Mammoth Collection (1883) as ‘Farewell to Erin’. From there it was (presumably) picked up by O’Neill, without even bothering to change the title, as was his usual practice. It shows up twenty years later in the Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music (vol. 3, #73) as ‘The Flying Column’ and made it from there to Bulmer and Sharpley’s book from the 1970’s under that title. You could call this a well-travelled tune, I suppose.

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Cathal Hayden usually plays this tune before he breaks into Jim McKillops Reel. Highly rated tune in my books, not that hard to learn either, would fit in lovely at a session.

Farewell To Erin, X:4

From Oisin MacDiarmada, Brian Fitzgerald, and Michael Rooney’s recording.

Re: The Flying Column

IS THIS WHAT RANDAL PLAYS AS " AUSTIN TIERNEY’S REEL " …?

Re: The Flying Column

SORRY..I SEE THAT IT IS…NEVER MIND ! HE IS SUCH A CREATIVE MUSICIAN !

Re: The Flying Column

NO NEED TO SHOUT!!!

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