Jerome's Farewell to Gibraltar | Bowing Down Home

About this tune

Jerome’s Farewell was quite popular among fiddlers from the Eastern half of PEI in 1991-2, but by 2006 it had largely fallen out of favor. It had often been played in tandem with another reel in D called Homeward Bound.

Jerome’s Farewell is a variant of the well known Irish tune, Boys of the Lough. An early appearance in print for the latter was in The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music (1912); famed Irish fiddler Michael Coleman (1891-45) recorded a seminal version of the tune in 1932. Don Messer recorded the tune as Jerome’s Farewell to Gibraltar relatively early in his career, and included a version with that title in a collection entitled Original Old Tyme Music (1942).

Notation for this tune as played by Leonard McDonald is in Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island.

Tune Selections

MacDonald, Joe - Homeward Bound / Jerome's Farewell to Gibraltar Accompanied by: Heather Mary MacDonald, pno
Central Kings
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McDonald, Leonard - Homeward Bound / Jerome's Farewell to Gibraltar / Maid Behind the Bar / Jenny Dang the Weaver Accompanied by: Margaret Ross MacKinnon, pno; Claire McDonald, gtr
Western Queens
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McPhee, Angus - Homeward Bound / Jerome's Farewell to Gibraltar Accompanied by: Cynthia Jay Crane, pno
Central Kings
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O'Connor, Attwood - Jerome's Farewell to Gibraltar Accompanied by: Stanley Bruce, gtr; Ken Perlman, bjo
South Kings
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Quinn, Merlin - Homeward Bound / Jerome's Farewell to Gibraltar Accompanied by: John Webster, gtr
Central Kings
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Sigsworth, Cosmas - Jerome's Farewell to Gibraltar Accompanied by: Dot MacCauley, gtr
Central Kings
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