Paddy O’Rafferty jig

Also known as Paddy O Rafferty’s, Paddy O’Rafferty’s, Paddy Rafferty’s, Padghin O’Rafferty, Padgin O’Rafferty, Paidin O Raifeartai, Paidín Ó Raifeartaigh, Paidin O’Rafferty, Paidin O’Rafferty’s, Paidin O’Raftery, Paidin O’Raifeartaigh, Paidin O’Raifeertaigh, Paudeen O’Rafferty, Síos Chun Na Trá.

There are 69 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Bring Back The Child (a few times), John McHugh’s (a few times), My Former Wife (a few times), Na Ceannabhain Bhana (a few times), Paddy Fahy’s (a few times).

Paddy O'Rafferty has been added to 216 tunebooks.

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Eight settings

X: 1
T: Paddy O'Rafferty
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dff cee|def gfe|dff cee|dfe dBA|
dff cee|def ~g3|afd gfe|dfe dBA:|
|:AFA ~A2f|~g3fdB|~A3 AFA|dfe dBA|
AFA BGB|efe efg|afd gfe|dfe dBA:|
|:faa eaa|def gfe|fAA eAA|dfe dBA|
faa eaa|def~g3|afd gfe|dfe dBA:|
ABC
X: 2
T: Paddy O'Rafferty
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
GA|BDD EDE|{d}cBA GED|BDD EDE|GAG {A}GED|
BDD EDE|{d}cBA GED|(3Bcd B cBA|GAG GED||
GBB FAA|GAB {d}cBA|GBB FAA|GAG GED|
GBB FAA|GAB {d}cBA|(3Bcd B cBA|GAG GED||
d^cd ef{a}g|ded {e}dBG|d^cd ef{a}g|GAG GED|
d^cd ef{a}g|ded {e}dBG|{a}gfe dBG|(3ABA G FED||
~B2G A2G|~B2G AGE|~B2G A2G|GAG {A}GED|
BGG AGG|BGG AGE|(3Bcd B cBA|GAG GED||G2||
ABC
X: 3
T: Paddy O'Rafferty
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:Ecc EBB|AcB AFE|Ecc EBB|ABA AFE|
Ecc EBB|ABc d2f|ecA BAF|AFE E3:|
|:cAF E2F|ABc BAB|cAF EFA|ABA AFE|
cAF E2F|ABc d2f|ecA BAF|ABA AFE:|
|:AcA AcA|Ace fec|BcB BcB|ABA AFE|
AcA AcA|Ace a3|fec BcB|[1ABA AFE:|[2ABA AFA|
|:cee aee|fee aee|cee fec|ABA AFA|
cee aee|fef a3|fec ABA|[1ABA AFA:|[2ABA AFE|
|:cAA BAA|cAA dAA|cAA BAA|AcB AFE|
cAA BAA|ABc d2f|ecA BAF|AcA AFE:|
# Added by Effie .
ABC
X: 4
T: Paddy O'Rafferty
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dff cee|def gfe|dff cee|dfe dBA|
dff cee|def g2e|f/g/af gfe|1 dfe dBA:|2 dfe dcB||
|:AFA ~B3|gfe fdB|AFA B2c|dfe dcB|
AFA ~B3|efe efg|f/g/af gfe|1 dfe dcB:|2 dfe dBA||
|:fAA eAA|def gfe|fAA eAA|dfe dBA|
fAA eAA|def g2e|f/g/af gfe|dfe dBA:|
ABC
X: 5
T: Paddy O'Rafferty
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:Bdd dBd|egg gfe|dBB BAG|ABA GED|
Bdd dBd|egg gfe|dBB BAG|ABA GED||
|:DBA A2B|DBA AGE|GBA ABA|G3 GED|
DBA A2B|DBA AGE|GBA ABA|G3 GED||
# Added by JACKB .
ABC
X: 6
T: Paddy O'Rafferty
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|: DBA A2 D | GBA AGE | DBA A2 E | GBA GED :|
|: ~B3 dBd | efg gfe | ~d3 BAG | ABA GED :|
ABC
X: 7
T: Paddy O'Rafferty
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
cAF E2 F | ABc BAB | cAF E2 F | ABA AFE |
cAF E2 F | ABc dcd | ecB c2 A | BAA AFE :|
Acc FBB | ABc dcB | Acc FBB | ABA AFE |
Acc FBB | ABc d2 f | ecB c2 A | BAA AFE :|
ABC
X: 8
T: Paddy O'Rafferty
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:cAe BGc|AGB AED|CEA EFA|B/c/dB cEc|e2c dBG|Ace fzg|aec cBc|AcB AFE :|
|:A3 Ace | Ace ecA | Bgf Baf | Bgf fec | Ace Ace| Ace f2g | aec cBc| AcB AFE :|
|:acc bcc| acc BGE| acc bcc |ABA AFE|acc Acc| ae^d efg |aec cBc| AcB AFE:|
|Ace aec |Ace fec | Ace aec | AcB AFE|Ace aec| Ace fzg |aec cBc | AcB AFE|
|Ace aec |Ace fec |Ace aec| AcB AFE|AGA B^AB |cBc d^cd |e^de fff |gfg aed|
# Added by gam .
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Twenty comments

Words

I’m fairly sure I’ve heard words that go with this tune. I don’t remember the words except that every second bar was "Paddy O’Rafferty" so it went "Something something Paddy O’ Rafferty, something something Paddy O’ Rafferty".

If you can associate that phrase that appears every four bars with the words "Paddy O’Rafferty", I find it easier to remember the tune.

I’ve mentioned this before in connection to other tunes like "Geese in the bog" and "Merryily kissed the quaker" - having words really helps in remembering a melody. And it works the other way around of course, as any composer of radio jingles will tell you.

Words Irish and English

Unfortunately, i only remember one verse of the Irish and one full verse of the English words Len Graham used to sing.

Br

Words

Great stuff! Thanks for posting those.

The Missing Words in English

I think the full second verse is as follies:

She went to the bog just cutting some turf with me
Lilt
She fell in the bog going over the moor with me
Lilt
Now she is dead and I’ve fairly got shot of her
Lilt
The bog was too soft or I’d dance on the top of her
Lilt

Padghin O’Rafferty - Willie Clancey’s version

As taught and played at the Catskills Tionol 2005, by Patrick Ourceau on fiddle and Ivan Goff on pipes. This is a 4-part single jig. Nice with short rolls on the "D" part.

X:1
T:Padghin O’Rafferty
M:6/8
L:1/8
C:Traditional (Willie Clancy version)
R:Jig
K:Dmix
S:Patrick Ourceau
N:Willie Clancy’s four-part single version of this standard jig.
GA|BDD EDE|{d}cBA GED|BDD EDE|GAG {A}GED|
BDD EDE|{d}cBA GED|(3Bcd B cBA|GAG GED||
GBB FAA|GAB {d}cBA|GBB FAA|GAG GED|
GBB FAA|GAB {d}cBA|(3Bcd B cBA|GAG GED||
d^cd ef{a}g|ded {e}dBG|d^cd ef{a}g|GAG GED|
d^cd ef{a}g|ded {e}dBG|{a}gfe dBG|(3ABA G FED||
~B2G A2G|~B2G AGE|~B2G A2G|GAG {A}GED|
BGG AGG|BGG AGE|(3Bcd B cBA|GAG GED||G2||

Ken

“Paddy O’Rafferty’s Jig” ~ and the beat goes on ~

“Paidin O’Raifearta’s” / “The Shannon” ~ 2-part in A
Submitted on December 10th 2003 by Celtic1234.
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/2247

“Paidin O Raifeartaigh” ~ 2-part in G
Submitted on January 9th 2005 by gian marco.
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4082

“Paidín Ó Raifearta” ~ 2-part in A with 2-part in G in the comments
Submitted on November 21st 2004 by petemay.
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3905

“Paidin O’Raifearta’s” / “The Shannon” ~ 2-part in A
Submitted on May 30th 2005 by Enob.
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4547

Not the Kevin Burke tune

This definitely isn’t the tune on the Kevin Burke/Ged Foley record. They might just be related tho’ - I’ll post a transcription of that tune soonish.

The Kevin Burke tune

X:4
T: Paddy O’Rafferty(K.Burke/G Foley)
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Dmaj
|:Ecc EBB|AcB AFE|Ecc EBB|ABA AFE|
Ecc EBB|ABc d2f|ecA BAF|AFE E3:|
|:cAF E2F|ABc BAB|cAF EFA|ABA AFE|
cAF E2F|ABc d2f|ecA BAF|ABA AFE:|
|:AcA AcA|Ace fec|BcB BcB|ABA AFE|
AcA AcA|Ace a3|fec BcB|[1ABA AFE:|[2ABA AFA|
|:cee aee|fee aee|cee fec|ABA AFA|
cee aee|fef a3|fec ABA|[1ABA AFA:|[2ABA AFE|
|:cAA BAA|cAA dAA|cAA BAA|AcB AFE|
cAA BAA|ABc d2f|ecA BAF|AcA AFE:|

This is how the k.burke version sounds to me .if I,ve got it off the mark please let us know

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The standard D setting I hear in sessions is a bit different from the posted version in the 2nd part. This is the way I play it:

X: 1
T: Paddy O’Rafferty
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Dmaj
dff cee|def gfe|dff cee|dfe dBA|
dff cee|def g2e|f/g/af gfe|1 dfe dBA:|2 dfe dcB||
|:AFA ~B3|gfe fdB|AFA B2c|dfe dcB|
AFA ~B3|efe efg|f/g/af gfe|1 dfe dcB:|2 dfe dBA||
|:fAA eAA|def gfe|fAA eAA|dfe dBA|
fAA eAA|def g2e|f/g/af gfe|dfe dBA:|

Another Version

X:1
T:Padghin O’Rafferty
M:6/8
L:1/8
R:Jig
K:Dmix
|:Bdd dBd|egg gfe|dBB BAG|ABA GED|
Bdd dBd|egg gfe|dBB BAG|ABA GED||
|:DBA A2B|DBA AGE|GBA ABA|G3 GED|
DBA A2B|DBA AGE|GBA ABA|G3 GED||

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Paddy O’Rafferty

A simple but hypnotic version from Shannon, McGoldrick, Gavin and Murray

X:1
T:Paddy O’Rafferty
M:6/8
L:1/8
R:Jig
K:Dmix
|: DBA A2 D | GBA AGE | DBA A2 E | GBA GED :|
|: ~B3 dBd | efg gfe | ~d3 BAG | ABA GED :|

This is in the Gunn Book of Fermanagh (1865) as Padeen O’Raffery, with 3 parts
I read somewhere that Paddy O’Rafferty was the servant boy of O’Carolan, and that this was originally a harp tune - possibly accounting for the varying number of parts in different versions

Help me identify this singer:

Back in the year 1990 or 91, I heard this tune, beautifully and originally paired with the song Inis Dhún Rámha on a RTE(?) program.
I don’t remember who performed it in this way.
The tune was played on tin whistle and the singer was male is all I can member now.
The pairing made use of similarities between the two tunes and created a natural harmony, a bit like what Luka Bloom would achieve weaving The Kesh jig into his chorus You couldn’t have come at a better time.

Síos Chun Na Trá

The seventh setting above (!) is a distinctive setting in A from Beginish’s first album, where it’s called "Síos Chun Na Trá".

Worth noting

That v8 is close to Dezi Donnelly’s version on "Familiar Footsteps"

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