Sean McCusker’s Farewell jig

Also known as Jimmy McHugh’s.

There are 6 recordings of this tune.

Sean McCusker’s Farewell appears in 1 other tune collection.

Sean McCusker's Farewell has been added to 22 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Sean McCusker's Farewell
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
A,DF DCD | FGA GAc | dcA GFG | AFD D3 :|
dcd ged | cdf gfg | aba g2 a | gfd g2 a |
bag afd | cdf gfg | aba gfg |1 afd d3 :|2 afd def ||
ged cAG | FDC FGA | BAG FDF | GEC B,DF |
Adf ged | cAG FGA | dcA GFG | AFD D3 :|
# Added by Kenny .
X: 2
T: Sean McCusker's Farewell
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
C |: A,DF DED | FGA GAc | dcA BAG | AFD GEC |
d3 gfd | c3 gec | af/g/a fga | gfd g2 a |
b2b aba| gfd g3 | a2f fga |1 gfd fdc :|2 afd def||
gfd cAG | FDC FGA | BAG F3 | GEC B,DF |
Adf gfd | cAG FAc | dcA G^FG |1 AFD D2g :|2 AFD GEC:| (A,3 A,3)||
X: 3
T: Sean McCusker's Farewell
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
D|:A,DF DCD | FGA GAc | dcA GFG | AFD CA,C |
A,DF DCD | FGA GAc | dcA GFG |1 AFC D2D :|2 AFC D2A||
|:dcd ged | cdf gfg | aba g2 a | gfd g2 a |
bag fed | cdf gfg | aba gfg |1 afc d2 A :|2 afc def ||
|:ged cAG | FDC FGA | BAG FEF | GEC B,2f |
ged cAG | FDC FGA | BAG FEF |1 GEC Def :|2 GEC D3 ||

Ten comments

Jimmy McHugh’s

This comes from one of Bulmer & Sharpley’s books. Jimmy was a great fiddler from Co.Tyrone originally, but lived most of his life in Glasgow. He was one of the first All-Ireland Fleadh winners, becoming Senior All-Ireland fiddle champion in 1957, I think. I am only aware of 1 recording of this tune, played by Michael Rooney on harp, and I think it deserves to be better-known. I first heard it in 1994 at the Fleadh in Clonmel. It was played on harp, in the 16-18 competition, I think by one of "Ptarmigan’s" music students. It was only years later that I found out it was one of Jimmy’s compositions. A very haunting tune. Posted here in his memory. RIP, Jimmy.

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Weldone Kenny… As usual a very good tune that you’re sharing here. Thanks!

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One of two

This is tune #63 in book 4 of Bulmer and Sharpley’s ‘Music from Ireland’, and is listed by Alan Ng at

with a citation of a 2000 recording.

There is also another fine jig (this one in E dorian) written by Jimmy McHugh that appears as tune #58 in the same B&S book and is indexed at

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Let’s try again

Eh, make that

A transcription of this second tune by Jimmy McHugh also appears on page 138 of Josephine Keegan’s 2004 tune collection "A Drop in the Ocean".

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Jimmy’s son, Martin, tells the tune is actually called "Sean McCusker’s Farewell". Sean McCusker was a box player from Tyrone that lived in Glasgow for a while, and this tune was written in his honour when he left to go back to Tyrone.

Title changed….

Thanks for that, Niall. I’ve made that the main title, but kept "Jimmy McHugh’s", as I think it may have been recorded under that name.

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Sean McCusker’s Farewell, X:2

This is a transcription of the version in the link posted above. It’s pretty much the first time through with some variation in the repeats.

Sean McCusker’s Farewell, X:3

From the playing of The Great Danes (Anders Trabjerg and Jonas Fromseier) in their album In Ireland. I did the ABC by hear as always but from memory because I left that cd in Galway back in 2015. This tune is one of my all time favourites and will be always in my repertoire.