Michael Russell’s slide

Also known as Callaghan’s, The Clare Jig, The Clare, Fanore, The Fanore, Micho Russell’s, Mickey Callaghan’s, Micko Russel’s Slides, Micko Russell’s.

There are 141 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Mason’s Apron (a few times), The Woman Of The House (a few times), Bill Harte’s (a few times), Byrne’s (a few times), The Glen Cottage (a few times).

Michael Russell's has been added to 141 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Michael Russell's
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A3 A2F ABA F2E|DFA B2A B2A F3|dcd a2g f2d B2A|1 BcA BAB d2d dcB :|2 BcA BAB d3 dz2||
dcd a2g f2d B2A |BcA BcA B2A F3 |dcd a2g f2d B2A |BcA BAB d3 dz2:||
ABC
X: 2
T: Michael Russell's
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A2AA2AABAF2E|DFA{d}B2A{d}B2AF2A|dcda2=gf2d{d}B2A|"1st"BdABABd3dcB:|"2nd"BdABABd3
d2A|:dcda2=gf2d{d}B2A|BdABdA{d}B2AF2A|dcda2=gf2d{d}B2A|"1st"BdABABd3d2A:|"2nd"BdABABd3dcB|
# Added by Mikea .
ABC
X: 3
T: Michael Russell's
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:ABAG FGAB|cAdc BG G2|A3G FAdg|fde^c Add^c|
A3G FGAB|cAdc BG G2|A3G FAdg|fde^c Adde||
|:f2 df efde|f2 df ecAg|f2 df efdg|fde^c Adde|
f2 df efde|f2 df ec A2|ABcd ef g2|afge fd d2||
# Added by JACKB .
ABC

Twenty comments

I first heard this tune in Michael McGoldrick & John McSherry’s recording "At First Light". Then I thought it was a lovely lively tune. Later on I heard it again on a RTE TV documentary. From then on, the tune remained dancing in my brain until I learnt it.
I wonder if the CD notes were wrong and the tune is actually named after Micho Russell. I never heard of Michael Russell before. Anyone can put some light in this issue??

Yes, I’d like to know about that as well!

Zina

The tune you’ve posted is titled "Micho Russell’s" on the Patrick Street "Live" album and "The Eavesdropper" album by Burke/Daly. The same title is given on other tune finder sites for essentially the same slide submitted here. Perhaps the CD’s notes writer anglicized Micho’s name.

Great tune.

Isn’t ‘Micho’ a diminutive of ‘Michael’? His family seemed to favour unconventional diminutives - his brothers were (are?) called Gussie (presumably Augustus) and Packie (Patrick).

Yes, Micho, also spelt Micko by some people. This is the first tune in the last set on Dervish’s "Playing With Fire". According to the liner notes, Micho Russell was "often heard playing it but it is also known as Callaghan’s".

Jackie Daly plays this as Callaghan’s Hornpipe on Music from Sliabh Luachra. It is also recorded as The Fairiy Hornpipe on Topic/Free Reed 12TFRS506, "Irish Traditional Concertina Styles". It is played by Michael MacAogain.

Live recording

I have a live recording of him playing this tune, it goes as follows
Key Amaj
|:A2AA2AABAF2E|DFA{d}B2A{d}B2AF2A|dcda2=gf2d{d}B2A|"1st"BdABABd3dcB:|"2nd"BdABABd3
d2A|:dcda2=gf2d{d}B2A|BdABdA{d}B2AF2A|dcda2=gf2d{d}B2A|"1st"BdABABd3d2A:|"2nd"BdABABd3dcB|
Good luck
Mikea

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What I want to know is,why is it called the faeries hornpipe if it’s a slide???

Micho Russel

Paraphrasing from Fintan Vallely’s "Companion to Irish Traditional Music" - Micho Russell was born in 1915 in Doonagore, Co. Clare. He started whistle at 11 and later played flute and sang. He grew up playing house dances and at Doolin area pubs, then pubs in Dublin, which led to radio and television work. He won All-Ireland on whistle in 1973 and toured Europe and the East coast USA. Micho was well known for his unaffected stage presence and great store of Clare tunes. Sadly, he was killed in a road accident in 1994. Many of today’s recording artists credit Micho for settings of tunes, and for embodying a melodically simple but rhtymically complex approach to the music.

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“Micko Russell’s Slide” ~ Kevin Burke

You can also find Kevin Burke teaching this on DVD #1 of a pair:

"Learn to Play Irish Fiddle: Polkas, Jigs & Slides" ~ 90 minutes
Homespun Videos / DVDs
ISBN: 1-932964-44-4

http://www.thesession.org/recordings/display/2060

“Micho Russell’s Slide” ~ # Posted on August 13th 2003 by Mikea

~ see above…
Here’s that transcription cleaned up and with the key signature corrected:

X: 2
T: Michael Russell’s
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
R: slide
Key Dmaj
|: dcB |\
A2 A A2 A ABA F2 E | DFA B2 A B2 A F2 A |
dcd a2 g f2 d B2 A | BdA BAB d3 :|
|: d2 A |\
dcd a2 g f2 d B2 A | BdA BdA B2 A F2 A |
dcd a2 g f2 d B2 A | BdA BAB d3 d2 A :|

Oops! ~ I forgot to clean up those endings completely… :-/

X: 2
T: Michael Russell’s
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
R: slide
Key Dmaj
|: dcB |\
A2 A A2 A ABA F2 E | DFA B2 A B2 A F2 A |
dcd a2 g f2 d B2 A | BdA BAB d3 :|
|: d2 A |\
dcd a2 g f2 d B2 A | BdA BdA B2 A F2 A |
dcd a2 g f2 d B2 A | BdA BAB d3 :|

“Micho Russell’s Slide” ~ Submitted on September 8th 2002 by Toni Ribas.

Can’t say much for the ABCs for the original submission. Here it is slightly edited. I’ll have to add some other takes on this lovely old slide later…

X: 1
T: Michael Russell’s
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
R: slide
K: Dmaj
|: dcB |\
A3 A2 F ABA F2 E | DFA B2 A B2 A F3 |
dcd a2 g f2 d B2 A | BcA BAB d2 d :|
|: d3 |\
dcd a2 g f2 d B2 A | BcA BcA B2 A F3 |
dcd a2 g f2 d B2 A | BcA BAB d3 :|

# Posted on June 15th 2008 by Screetch ~

Discussion: Unknown slide..??.
# Posted on June 15th 2008 by FIDDLE4
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I learned this one from Kevin Burke’s instructional videos, where he plays a really nice version of it. It’s become one of my favorite tunes, very lively and beautiful.

Burke does a drone against the D string in the A part when he goes up to the B-A-B-A bit, which I think sounds fantastic. Give it a try and see how it strikes you.

# Posted on June 15th 2008 by Screetch

“Micho Russell’s Slide” ~ other ways with it

X: 3
T: Michael Russell’s
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
R: slide
Key Dmaj
|: dcB |\
A2 A ABA ABA F2 E | DFA B2 A B2 A FGA |
dcd a2 g f2 d B2 ^A | B2 A B^AB d3 :|
|: d2 A |\
dcd a2 g f2 d B2 ^A | B2 A B^AB B2 =A FF/G/A |
dcd a2 g f2 d B2 ^A | B2 A B^AB d3 :|

In case you’re having trouble…

putting ceolachan’s submissions above into an ABC converter, you just need to replace the line that says "Key Dmaj" with "K: Dmaj".

Thanks, ceolachan for your work on this interesting tune!

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K: Dmaj ~ not ~ Key Dmaj

Sorry folks, that was from the original cut-and-paste of Mikea’s ABCs. I repeated it and was blind to the mistake until the last entry, ‘other ways’… I should have checked the headers… I still might have missed it. Thanks muspc, appreciated…

Nope, I screwed up that one too, ‘other ways’. It seems I only corrected it, probably on automatic, with the Toni Ribas repeat… I must be tired… :-/

Another way with this tune

Thanks for posting this tune Toni. It’s new to me and is nice and original.
I follow me nose on this one and play the repeated 1st line of the Sheetmusic as the 1st part of the tune. Which I vary accordingly… The rest of the lines make up the 2nd part.