Farewell To Erin reel

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

There are 13 recordings of a tune by this name.

Farewell To Erin has been added to 5 tune sets.

Farewell To Erin has been added to 209 tunebooks.

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Four 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: 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: 4
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 ||

Fourteen 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||…

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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Farewell To Erin, X:4

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