Speed the plough
Source: Paul McGrattan (album: "The Frost is All Over")
Transcription: Gian Marco Pietrasanta
The name Speed the Plough has a few tunes to its credit. One is a tune popular in Scotland with Country Dance bands and in England with Morris dancers. Another is an Irish tune, related to the Anglo-Scottish one, also known by a few other names, including Croghan Hill. The tune posted here, however, appears to be completely unrelated to either of the other two. I wonder how many of the recordings listed actually feature this tune.
A New England source book calls this tune Cronin’s Fancy Hornpipe.
Here is the ABC notation for the version on track 7 of The Chieftain’s 3. They played it in C, but I’ve transposed it to the more common key of D. If anyone wants it in C, I can post it.
c|~d2ed BAFA|AFFE EDDE|~F2AF ~G2BG|ABde fgfe|
~d2ed BAFA|AFFE EDDE|~F2AF ~G2BG|ABde fdd:|
|:e|fa~a2 afdf|g2fg edBA|fa~a2 afdB|ABde fdde|
fa~a2 afdf|g2fg edBA|~F2AF ~G2BG|ABde fdd:|
S:Tansey Seamus & Jim McKillop - to hell with the begrudgers
d3A BF~F2|BFAF EFDA|FA~A2 GA(3BAG|A2de fee2|
faaf edBc|dBAF FEDE|~F3A GA(3BAG|1A2de fedc:|2A2de fedf||
~a2fa ~g2eg|fedf eb~b2|abgb afdB|ABde fee2|
fgaf ~g3b|f2df edBA|FA~A2 GA(3BAG|A2de fedf||
~a2fa ~g2eg|fefa edBA|~a3b af~f2|afde feeg|
fa~a2 gbfb|f2df edBA|FA~A2 GA(3BAG|A2de fedf||
There’s a beautiful tutorial of this tune here:
Gannon, Smith, Blake
Colm Gannon, Jesse Smith and John Blake play a version of this tune under the name "McGreevy’s" as the opening tune on their album "The Ewe With The Crooked Horn". They got it from a tape of Johnny McGreevy from Chicago playing at a late night party…
the version played by Johnny McGreevy as Aidan said above :
T:McGreevy’s Speed the Plough
d3A BAFA|dAFA GFEG|FAAA AGFG|ABde feef|d3A BAFA|dAFA GFEG|FAAA AGFG|ABde fdef:||
faaf g2eg|fedB ABde|faab afdB|ABde feee|faaf g2eg|fedf edAF|GABG FAdB|ABde fdd2:||
1st tune here
Speed the Plough
This is the one on Molloy, Peoples, Brady. Anyone know if it was one of Paddy Cronin’s?
Article on Speed The Plough
Some more info on Speed the Plough here: http://bit.ly/1Eov9mo
Thanks for that article, Jeremy. Incidentally I ID’d about every title in the Henebry-O’Neill Wax Cylinder Collection, which is what the author said he’d been up to - I put the titles in the comments on the Soundcloud files too. I think there’s only a couple of puzzlers out of the whole batch, almost all of it was commonplace enough. That article is about the other Speed the Plough: https://thesession.org/tunes/1191 That’s the tune I always use the STP title with, the one on this page I call O’Keefe’s Plough, that was Seamus Ennis’s title for it, the O’Keefe in question was famed Kerry fiddler Padraig O’K. Played a few tunes with some contra people last week and they had yet another tune going by this title, no idea about what it was though.