The Star Of The County Down waltz

Also known as Reáilt Condae An Dún, The Star Barndance, The Star Of County Down.

There are 4 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Star Of The County Down has been added to 6 tune sets.

The Star Of The County Down has been added to 242 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Star Of The County Down
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
E2 G2 |A4 A2 | A3 G A2 | c4 c2 | d3 c d2 | e3 d c2 | AG- G2 E2 | G6- | G2 c2 B2 |
A4 A2 | A3 G A2 | c4 c2 | d3 c d2 | e3 d c2 | A4 A2 | A6- | A2 ||
c2 e2 |g4 e2 | ed- d2 c2 | d3 e d2 | d3 c d2 | e3 d c2 | AG- G2 E2 | G6- | G2 c2 B2 |
A4 A2 | A3 G A2 | c4 c2 | d3 c d2 | e3 d c2 | A4 A2 | A6- | A2 |]
X: 2
T: The Star Of The County Down
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
E2 G2 |A4 AB | A3 G A2 | c4 c2 | d3 c d2 | e2 d2 c2 | A2 G2 E2 | G6- | G2 c2 B2 |
A4 AB | A3 G A2 | c4 c2 | d3 c d2 | e2 d2 c2 | A4 G2 | A6- | A2- ||
A2 e2 |g4 e2 | e3 d c2 | d6 | d4 cd | e3 d c2 | A2 G2 E2 | G6- | G2 c2 B2 |
A4 AB | A3 G A2 | c4 c2 | d3 c d2 | e2 d2 c2 | A4 G2 | A6- | A2- |]
X: 3
T: The Star Of The County Down
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
D2 B2 A2 |G3 F GA | G2 F2 D2 | B3 A Bd | c4 Bc | d2 c2 B2 | G4 FD | F6 | D2 B2 A2 |
G3 F GA | G2 F2 D2 | B3 A Bd | c4 Bc | d2 c2 B2 | GA- A2 F2 | G6 ||
GA Bc de |f2 d4 | d2 c2 B2 | c3 B cd | c4 Bc | d2 c2 B2 | G4 FD | F6 | D2 B2 A2 |
G3 F GA | G2 F2 D2 | B3 A Bd | c4 Bc | d2 c2 B2 | G2 A3 F | G6 |]

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“The Star Of The County Down”

I’ve transcribed this from the playing of the excellent fiddler and teacher Donna Hinds… She also played wth the excellent New England dance band "Yankee Ingenuity" and a recording of Donna and the crew playing this can be found on "Kitchen Junket":

https://thesession.org/recordings/display/1874

A 4/4 march version of this tune can also be found here, with some other versions given in the ‘comments’:

"The Star Of The County Down" ~ 4/4
Key signature: e minor
Submitted on March 17th 2005 by Nutty Nessie.
https://thesession.org/tunes/4320

This works lovely as a 32 bar tune for 32 bar dances, as we have used it, played it, for over time, from the distant past to just last week… 8-)

Scraping the Barrel

Think you’re scraping the barrel a bit there now, Ceolachan!! :)
It’s already here as you noted and the 3/4 version is the comments of that tune. What’s the point of complicating things?

Posted .

“poof!?” :-/

As has happened many times before, a 4/4 march is not a 3/4 waltz. I was asked to transcribe this by someone, and have, from a good source. It has also been added to a certain slow session set list. That makes two icidents of it serving a purpose. And, the melody has its earlier roots as 3/4. Also, fitting certain dances, this is 32 bars instead of 64, the double length version given in the ‘comments’ to the 4/4 version linked to above. But I do see there that someone must have cut and pasted that a second time as a seperate submission, and it went "POOF!" ~ disappearing into the digital ether.

Personally, and for those that were asking, I see this as a clarification rather than a complication. But, if I have caused any confusion it wouldn’t be a first time, and you have my apolgies if you were caught up in such confusion and complication…

If you want a long list of similar situations of tunes that exist here in different time signatures I can manage that. This is one more, and hardly scraping the barrel… I did ‘think’ about it before submitting this. I hope it won’t prove to be a wasted effort. I don’t see this as a ‘duplication’ in the ‘exact’ sense of how it is usually panned out here, with the dulicate reel, jig, hornpipe, etc. ~ going "POOF!" I have talked with Jeremy before about differences in time signature, melodies that exist as both polka and slide, fling and reel, march or air/song and waltz But, who knows, maybe this too will disappear? I hope not. ~ ‘c’

Our local session…

has gotten into the habit of playing this 3x waltz time, followed by 3x march time in a set.

Nice version!

And, by the way… I think that when a tune has provenance in multiple forms, it is warranted to have different entries. For example, if I’m in the mood for a waltz, or putting together a set of waltzes, then a search of the Session database would only now pull this tune up.

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Donna hinds

Interestingly Donna Hinds was also the name of a female reggae singer from the 70s who was signed to the Trojan label. Her most famous song was "Run Away Pet".

Changed her name back

Donna goes by Hebert now, not Hinds.

Yes, I keep forgetting. Thanks vonnie…

“The Star of the County Down” ~ from the ‘comments’ in 4/4

# Posted on August 14th 2006 by Bob himself


X: 2
T: Star Of The County Down
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
R: waltz
K: Amin
|: E2 G2 |\
A4 AB | A3 G A2 | c4 c2 | d3 c d2 | e2 d2 c2 | A2 G2 E2 | G6- | G2 c2 B2 |
A4 AB | A3 G A2 | c4 c2 | d3 c d2 | e2 d2 c2 | A4 G2 | A6- | A2- :|
|: A2 e2 |\
g4 e2 | e3 d c2 | d6 | d4 cd | e3 d c2 | A2 G2 E2 | G6- | G2 c2 B2 |
A4 AB | A3 G A2 | c4 c2 | d3 c d2 | e2 d2 c2 | A4 G2 | A6- | A2- :|

“Star of the County Down” ~ rescued duplication in G minor

Submitted on August 8th 2010 by rachelcoyle.
~ thesession.org/tunes/9747

First as contributed, and secondly trying to make some sense of it ~

X: 3
T: Star Of The County Down (Alternate Melody)
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
R: waltz
K: Gmin
D_BA | G2 FGA | GFD | _B2 A_BD| c2 _Bc | dc_B | G2FD | F6 |
D_BA | G2 FGA | GFD | _B2 A_BD| c2 _Bc | dc_B | GA2F | G3|
|GA_Bcd_e |f d2 | dc_B | c2 _Bcd | c2 _Bc | dc_B| G2 FD| F3 |
D_BA | G2 FGA | GFD | _B2 A_BD| c2 _Bc | dc_B | GA2F | G3|
|c3 | _Bcd| GAF| G |

My attempt at ‘translation’ to the norm, with ‘corrections’ ~

X: 3
T: Star Of The County Down
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
R: waltz
K: Gmin
D2 B2 A2 |\
G3 F GA | G2 F2 D2 | B3 A Bd | c4 Bc | d2 c2 B2 | G4 FD | F6 | D2 B2 A2 |
G3 F GA | G2 F2 D2 | B3 A Bd | c4 Bc | d2 c2 B2 | GA- A2 F2 | G6 ||
GA Bc de |\
f2 d4 | d2 c2 B2 | c3 B cd | c4 Bc | d2 c2 B2 | G4 FD | F6 | D2 B2 A2 |
G3 F GA | G2 F2 D2 | B3 A Bd | c4 Bc | d2 c2 B2 | G2 A3 F | G6 |]

& the additional bars I suspect were intended as an alternate or final ending? ~
??? ~ | c6 | B2 c2 d2 | G2 A2 F2 | G6 |] ~ ???

This is not an ‘alternate melody’. This is the same song air merely in another key, G minor, which already means all the Bs and Es are flat, so no need for either _B or _e ~ the nature of the key signature G minor, two flats, relative key Bb Major… Above is my attempt to try to make sense of your transcription. Here’s hoping the result is reasonable… If you need to check it you can cut and paste it into Concertina-Dot-Net’s ‘ABC Convert-A-Matic’ for dots and a midi ~

http://www.concertina.net/
http://www.concertina.net/tunes_convert.html

Follow on tune?

Anyone have any ideas about a good tune to follow on from The Star of the County Down please? I’m playing it as an upbeat song in A minor (a la Van and the Chieftans). Perhaps there’s a well known jig/reel/usual one that people do. I’ve had a wee search on youtube but no luck so far. Cheers

star of the county down

it’s a simple pentatonic minor tune. plays realy well in fminor pentatonic ,