Johnny O’Leary’s Slide/Jig

Johnny O’Leary’s Slide/Jig

I’m not good with the difference between a slide and a jig. The video below lists it as a jig but the dots on this website lists it as a slide. I’ve heard this tune plenty but there only seems to be one recording listed in the session so I’m wondering if it’s known by something else maybe?

https://thesession.org/tunes/11897

If not does any one have any good suggestions of recordings/videos of this being played? Preferably on uilleann pipes but I’m okay with any suggestions.

These are the versions I’ve seen:
Dessie Kelliher - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtWyYrkSAdc

Trí Tones - I don’t have a youtube clip but I have the album and it’s the same tune
Fergal Scahill - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upYwmkhU2os

Re: Johnny O’Leary’s Slide/Jig

It is a slide. Which is essentially a single jig played in a Cork/Kerry style. (Or the other way ‘round)

An iconic tune like this would almost always be played as a slide, even if not in a true Sliabh Luachra style. But play it as a single jig if you like. It makes no difference unless you’re playing with other musicians or for dancers.

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Re: Johnny O’Leary’s Slide/Jig

I do not have any recording suggestions, but if you want to listen to single jigs on pipes, YouTube has some Willie Clancy tunes of such.

Here’s a clip of Caomhain playing some slides on the pipes. (Despite what the video title says)https://youtu.be/XA5DL8LlVLs

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It’s in the Johnny O’Leary book as a jig, the editor talks about discussing his transcriptions with Johnny and being corrected when he’d got it wrong, so in short I believe Johnny would have played it as a jig, not a slide. That said, the editor of that collection also notes that Johnny would often play tunes as jigs or slides depending on what it was needed for (ie for dancing), so he could have played it either way.

I also think I’ve heard a recording of him playing it as a jig, but I’d have to go looking. Lots of people play it as a jig, anyway.

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