Denis Murphy’s slide

Also known as The Dark Girl In Blue, Dennis Murphy’s, The Girl In Dark Blue, The Girl In The Dress, The Gleanntan, Julia Clifford’s, Murphy’s Slides No. 1, Padraic O’Keefe’s, Padraig O’Keefe’s, Sleamhnan Ghleanntain.

There are 169 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Sweeney’s (lots of times), The Ballydesmond (a few times).

Denis Murphy's has been added to 383 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: Denis Murphy's
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A2D FED F2A A2f|gfe fed e2d BdB|
A2D FED F2A A2f|a2f efe d3 d3:|
|:d2e f3 gfe f3|gfe fed e2d BdB|
d2e f3 gfe f2f|a2f efe d3 d3:|
ABC
X: 2
T: Denis Murphy's
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A | d<df>d g>ef>d | B<Be>d c<AA>c |
d<df>d g>ef>d | B>e d/c/B/A/ d2- d :|
B | A>D F/E/D A>Bd>f | g>ef>d e>dB<d |
A>D F/E/D A>Bd>b | a<fe>f d2- d :|]
ABC
X: 3
T: Denis Murphy's
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: A | d2 f>d g>ef>d | B2 e>d c>Bc<A | d2 f>d g>ef>d | B>e d/c/B/A/ d2 dA |
d2 f>d g>ef>d | B2 e>d c>Bc<A | d2 f>d g>ef>d | B>e d/c/B/A/ d2 d ||
|: B | A>DF<D F<AA>f | g>ef>d e>dB<d | A>DF<D F<AA>f | a>fe<f d2 dB |
A>DF<D F<AA>f | g>ef>d e>dB<d | A>DF<D F<AA>f | a>fe<f d2 d ||
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ABC
X: 4
T: Denis Murphy's
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
B|A2D FED F2A A2f|g2e f2d e2d Bcd|
A2D FED F2A A2f|a2f efe d3 d2:|
A|d2e f3 gfe f3|gfe f2d e2d BAB|
d2e f3 gfe f2g|a2f efe d3 d2:|
ABC
X: 5
T: Denis Murphy's
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dcB|A2 D FED F2 A A2 f|g2 e f2 d e2 d Bcd|A2 D FED F2 A A2 f|a2 f efe d3:|
!|:d2 A|d2 e fff gfe f2 f|gfe fed e2 d BBB|d2 e fff gfe f2 g|a2 f efe d3:|
ABC
X: 6
T: Denis Murphy's
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d2 B [|:A2 D FED F2 A Aef | g2 e fed e2 d B2 d |
A2 D FED F2 A Aef |[1 a2 f e2 f d3- d2 B :|[2 a2 f e/f/ge d3- :|
|: dAB |d2 e f3 gfe f3 | g2 e fed e2 d BAB |
d2 e f2 f gfe f2 g |[1 a2 f e/f/ge d3- :|[2 a2 f e2 f d3- dcB |]
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Eighteen comments

Drone those Ds

This one is fun is to play at a fast, even sloppy, pace. I like to drone open Ds as often as possible - basically anywhere where an F,A or D is played - it almost makes it sound like a swedish polska.

This tune sounds like a variant of the Scots jig and song air, "The Muckin’ o’ Geordie’s Byre".

Seamus Ennis calls this tune The Dark Girl in Blue in his tutor for the uilleann pipes. It seems that maybe this is more accurate the "Denis Murphy’s" because it was from Denis Murphy that Ennis learned the tune.

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Dennis Murphy’s Slide

The A part of "Dennis Murphy’s Slide" is almost identical to the B part of a Scots strathspey, "The Marquis of Huntly’s Highland Fling":

X:576
T:Marquis of Huntly’s Highland Fling
C:George Jenkins
B:Kerr’s Merry Melodies
Z:Nigel Gatherer
L:1/8
M:4/4
K:D
A | d<df>d g>ef>d | B<Be>d c<AA>c |
d<df>d g>ef>d | B>e d/c/B/A/ d2- d :|
B | A>D F/E/D A>Bd>f | g>ef>d e>dB<d |
A>D F/E/D A>Bd>b | a<fe>f d2- d :|]

I love it, great catch and connection Nigel…

Denis Murphy’s Strathspey

Jerry O’Sullivan’s version.
X: 1
T: Denis Murphy’s Strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: slide
K: Dmaj
|: A | d2 f>d g>ef>d | B2 e>d c>Bc<A | d2 f>d g>ef>d | B>e d/c/B/A/ d2 dA |
d2 f>d g>ef>d | B2 e>d c>Bc<A | d2 f>d g>ef>d | B>e d/c/B/A/ d2 d ||
|: B | A>DF<D F<AA>f | g>ef>d e>dB<d | A>DF<D F<AA>f | a>fe<f d2 dB |
A>DF<D F<AA>f | g>ef>d e>dB<d | A>DF<D F<AA>f | a>fe<f d2 d ||

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The Gleanntan Slide

Tony MacMahon has recorded this tune on his LP "Tony MacMahon" (1972) he puts it as second with "Merrily Kissed the Quaker" On this LP it is refered to as "The Gleanntan Slide" Can anyone offer reasons why it is so named? Does anyone else call it that?

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Knocking About

Where does this title come from? Is it a real name or just a mistake on the youtubes?

Thanks

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Denis Murphy’s

I know Denis Murphy’s Polka as the Knockaboul Polka (with a final "l"), Knockaboul being a place name in Ireland. I can understand the final "l" being misread as a "t", but YouTube generally is not my first source for definitive accuracy in spelling!

Denis Murphy’s

And I got it wrong too! It should of course be Knocknaboul.
I reckon the fairies have put a curse on it :-)

Also called Padraic O’Keefe’s

This tune is listed as Padraic O’Keefe’s on the Boys of the Lough’s "Second Album," suggesting that maybe Denis Murphy learned it from his teacher Padraic. It’s on "Chieftans 3" as Denis Murphy’s Slide, now the common title.

Denis Murphy’s

Setting #4 is setting #1 ‘doctored’ to be more along the lines of the The Boys of the Lough, Chieftains 3 and the Cranitch/Creagh clip above.

I think one of them in the clip is playing c natural rather than c# in the second bar. Coming back into the A part many do dcB|A2

Padraig O’Keefe’s

I found this tune in "Second album" by Boys of the lough, track 10, 2nd tune.

X: 6 “Murphy(’s)s’ Slides No.1” ~ Bill, Denis, Julia…

S: “Jimmy Doyle & Dan O’Leary: Traditional Music From The Kingdom Of Kerry”
http://thesession.org/recordings/1247 ~ track 2, the 1st slide of two.

Q: 148 bpm (1 beat = three quavers/eighth notes)

I have also learned this one direct, as well from other living sources and situations where the average tempos varied from 130 to 150 bpm (1 beat = three quavers/eighth notes)…