Farewell To Connaught reel

Also known as Bobby Casey’s, Bobby Casey’s, Farewell To Connacht, John Bowe’s No. 2.

There are 37 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Dinny O’Brien’s (lots of times), Farewell To Ireland (a few times) and Sweeny’s Buttermilk (a few times).

Farewell To Connaught has been added to 10 tune sets.

Farewell To Connaught has been added to 294 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Farewell To Connaught
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|: D2 (3FED FGAB | c2cd cA ~G2 | Add^c d2 cd | ed^cd edcA |
D2 (3FED FGAB | c2 (3Bcd cA ~G2 | ABAG EGAB | cAGE ED ~D2 :|
|: eggf ~g2 ed | cded cA ~A2 | eaag ~a3g | eaag edcd |
eggf ~g2 ed | cded dAAG | ABAG EGAB | cAGE ED ~D2 :|
X: 2
T: Farewell To Connaught
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|: D2 (3FED FGAB | c2cd cA G2 | Add^c d2 cd | ed (3Bcd edcA |
D2 (3FED (3EFG AB | c2 (3Bcd cA G2 | ABAG EGAB | cAGE ED D2 :||
|: eggf g2 ed | (3Bcd ed cA A2 | eaag a3g | eaag ed (3Bcd |
eggf g2 ed | (3Bcd ed dAAG | ABAG EGAB | cAGE ED D2 :||
D2 (3FED FGAB | c2cd cA G2 | Add^c d2 Ad | d2(3Bcd edcA |
D2 (3FED FGAB|(c4 c)A G2|ABAG EGAB|cAGE ED D2:||
|: eggf g2 ed | (3Bcd ed cA A2 | eaag a3g | eaab c'bag |
eggf g2 ed | (3Bcd ed dAAG | ABAG EGAB | cAGE ED D2 :||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 3
T: Farewell To Connaught
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|: D2 (3FED FGAB | c3 d cA ~G2 | Add^c d2 cd | ed^cd edcA |
D2 (3FED FGAB | c2 (3Bcd cA ~G2 | ABAG EGAB | cAGE ED ~D2 :|
|: eggf ~g2 ed | cded cA ~A2 | eaag aged | eaag edcd |
eggf ~g2 ed | cded dAAG | ABAG (3EFG AB | cAGE ED ~D2 :|

Thirteen comments

One of the most powerful tunes I know. It opens John McSherry’s (and Mike McGoldrick’s) recording "At First Light", now without reason. When I first heard John McSherry plays this tune it was really breathtaking.

:)

"*not* without reason"
please forgive the negligence

Interesting connection to American tune “Billy in the Lowground”

For many years I’ve been struck by a curious relationship between this tune, which in the Irish context is in D Mixolydian, and the American tune "Billy in the Lowground", which is in C. These tunes are not "transposed" versions of the same melodic contour; rather, they are two different harmonic "readings" of literally the same melodic notes. The Irish version hears the tonal center in D and resolves at the end of the low strains to a D, the American version to a C, one step lower. But the high parts are virtually the same notes, with inverted harmonic interpretations of the high G and A.

By the way, I think the commented-on relationship to "Toss the Feathers" is incidental; certainly both these tunes are part of the active repertoire of many traditional musicians and would not be treated as ‘variants’ of each other; whereas there are several variants of "Toss the Feathers" known and kept distinguished in the repertoire (in D and Em).

An astute and interesting observation, Mark. I hear what you’re talking about, but I don’t know if I would’ve ever picked up on it on my own.

Lucy Farr

Version of this by Lucy is different from this transcription and she calls it Bobby Casey’s.

McGoldrick McSherry Version

X: 1
T: Farewell To Connaught
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmix
|: D2 (3FED FGAB | c2cd cA G2 | Add^c d2 cd | ed^(3Bcd edcA |
D2 (3FED (3EFG AB | c2 (3Bcd cA G2 | ABAG EGAB | cAGE ED D2 :||
|: eggf g2 ed | (3Bcd ed cA A2 | eaag a3g | eaag ed (3Bcd |
eggf g2 ed | (3Bcd ed dAAG | ABAG EGAB | cAGE ED D2 :||
D2 (3FED FGAB | c2cd cA G2 | Add^c d2 Ad | d2(3Bcd edcA |

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Lucy Farr out….

Lucy Farr doesn’t play this on ‘Heart and Home’. She plays ‘The Ragged Hank of Yarn’, before ‘The Maids of Mitchellstown’. Different tune altogether, just a misapplied title.

Spillane

X: 1
T: Farewell To Connaught
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmix
|: D2 (3FED FGAB | c3 d cA ~G2 | Add^c d2 cd | ed^cd edcA |
D2 (3FED FGAB | c2 (3Bcd cA ~G2 | ABAG EGAB | cAGE ED ~D2 :|
|: eggf ~g2 ed | cded cA ~A2 | eaag aged | eaag edcd |
eggf ~g2 ed | cded dAAG | ABAG (3EFG AB | cAGE ED ~D2 :|

Hues o blue

If you want to experiment with different hues of C’s (sharp to natural / different ones in the same run, bar or parts, etc) this is the tune.

Billy in the Lowground

a very similar version to Farewell to Connaught (fiddle Wood):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVA_zz9H1Q0&feature=related


Burnett and Rutherford (old timey slidey lilt):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaHpFXhORCc&feature=related


Lovely Yankee trio (portrait gallery):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3VGnaq_VsQ


do it on the porch duet (dulcet dulcimer):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cdntgI4h8M&feature=related


a ‘fiddle tune’ (guitar and mandolin):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpSv_wrNMIo&feature=related


(5 string close up):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7PRkxGO1_k&feature=related