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
Great tune !!
It’s just pretty obvious that this reel is closely related to Toss the Feathers: https://thesession.org/tunes/138
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.
Version of this by Lucy is different from this transcription and she calls it Bobby Casey’s.
McGoldrick McSherry Version
T: Farewell To Connaught
|: 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 |
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.
T: Farewell To Connaught
|: 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):
Burnett and Rutherford (old timey slidey lilt):
Lovely Yankee trio (portrait gallery):
do it on the porch duet (dulcet dulcimer):
a ‘fiddle tune’ (guitar and mandolin):
(5 string close up):
Farewell To Connaught (Gertrude’s take)
by the incomparable Gertrude Degenhardt.