Speed The Plough reel

Also known as Cronin’s, Cronin’s Fancy, McGreevy’s, Mulvihill’s, O’Keefe’s, O’Keefe’s Plough, Paddy Cronin’s, Paddy Cronins, Speed Da Plough, Tom Billy’s, Tom Billy’s Speed The Plough.

There are 378 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Banks Of The Ilen (lots of times), The Foxhunter’s (a few times), The Road To Lisdoonvarna (a few times) and The Wind That Shakes The Barley (a few times).

Speed The Plough has been added to 493 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: Speed The Plough
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d3A BAFB|AF~F2 EFDE|F2AF ~G3B|
ABdg fgfe|d3A BAFB|AF~F2 EFDE|
F2AF GABG|1ABdg fedc:|2ABde fdde||
|:f2ab afdf|g2fg ed (3Bcd|a2ab afdB|
ABde fe~e2|f2ab afdf|g2fg edBA|
[1F2AF GABG|ABdg fddg:|2F2AF ~G3B|ABdg fgfe||
X: 2
T: Speed The Plough
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
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:|
X: 3
T: Speed The Plough
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
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||
X: 4
T: Speed The Plough
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d3 A BA FB|AFFF EFDE|FAAF GABG|ABde ffef|
d3 B A3 D|FG AF (3FED B,D|FGAF GABG|1ABde fddc:|2ABde fdde|
|:faaa afdf|fgfg edBd|faaa afdB|ABde fdde|
fa aa afd2|g2 f2 e2 (3dBA|F2 AF GA BG|1ABde fdde:|2AB de fdd2||
X: 5
T: Speed The Plough
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:d3A BAFB|A2 FA EADE|FA A2 GB B2|ABde f3e|
dcdA BAFB|A2 FA EADE|FA A2 GB B2| 1ABde fddc:|2ABde fdde|
|:faaf afdf|(3gfe fd edBd|faaf afdB|ABde fdde|
faaf afdf|(3gfe fd edBA|FA A2 GB B2|1ABde fdde:|2ABde f3e||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 6
T: Speed The Plough
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
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:|
X: 7
T: Speed The Plough
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
(3cec cG AGEA|GE (3EGE DECD|(3EGE GE (3FAF FA|
GAcf efed|(3cec cG AGEA|GE (3EGE DECD|
(3EGE GE FGAF|1GAcf edcB:|2GAcd eccd||
|:(3ege ga gece|(3faf ef dcAc|(3gag ga gecA|
GAcd ed (3dfd|(3ege ga gece|(3faf ef dcAG|
[1(3EGE GE FGAF|GAcf eccf:|2(3EGE GE (3FAF FA|GAcf efed||

Fifteen comments

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.

trevor

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.

X: 1
T:Tom Billy’s
M:4/4
L:1/8
R:Reel
K:D
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:|

T:Cronin’s
M:4/4
L:1/8
S:Tansey Seamus & Jim McKillop - to hell with the begrudgers
R:reel
Z:GianMarcoPietrasanta
K:D
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||

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…

McGreevy’s setting

the version played by Johnny McGreevy as Aidan said above :
X:1
T:McGreevy’s Speed the Plough
M:C|
R:Reel
K:D
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:||

Speed the Plough

This is the one on Molloy, Peoples, Brady. Anyone know if it was one of Paddy Cronin’s?

https://thesession.org/tunes/1191

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.

Speed The Plough, X:7

an arrangement for one row melodeon