The Sliabh Luachra Fiddle Master

By Pádraig O’Keeffe

  1. Quinn’s
    The Woman Of The House
  2. Gallagher’s
  3. The Banks Of The Danube
  4. O’Sullivan’s
  5. Johnny Cope
  6. I’d Rather Be Married Than Left
    Chase Me Charlie
  7. The Old Man Rocking The Cradle
  8. George White’s Favourite
    The Road To Newbridge
  9. The Gleanntan Frolics
    The Gleanntan Frolics
    Hare In The Corn
  10. O’Rahilly’s Grave
  11. The Humours Of Ennistymon
    I Will If I Can
  12. The Wicklow
    An Trí Is A Rian
    (John Quinn’s 1+2)
  13. The Donaghmore
  14. The Lament For O’Donnell
  15. The Kilcummin
    If I Had A Wife
    The Worn Torn Petticoat
  16. As I Went Out Upon The Ice
    Campdown Races
    Tom Billy’s
    Jimmy Doyle’s

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A must have for all fiddle players and students of ITM.
Very extensive biog. and sleeve notes and these recordings made in 1947 and onwards when he was just shy of his 60th birthday and include two duets with his student Dennis Murphy.
RTE CD 174.
“Padraig O’Keefe was one of the most important Munster fiddle players this century. His influence can be heard everywhere today in the tunes and the lovely rolling and flowing style of music making in the area of Sliabh Luchra on the borders of Cork and Kerry. As a teacher of music he is already a legend. He spent forty years walking from house to house to his pupils, showing bow and fingering techniques and writing out tunes which he would leave to be learned for his next visit”

Small spelling correction: should be O’Keeffe.

& other inspirations from Sliabh Luachra:

1.) “Music from Sliabh Luachra Volume 1: Kerry Fiddles”
Padraig O’Keefe with Denis & Julia (Clifford) Murphy
Topic 12T 309 / TSCD309 - Ossian OSSCD10

2.) “Music from Sliabh Luachra Volume 2: The Star of Munster Trio”
Julia (fiddle), John (piano accordion) & Billy Clifford (flute)
Topic 12TS310 - Ossian 45

3.) “Music from Sliabh Luachra Volume 3: The Humours of Lisheen”
John (piano accordion) & Julia Clifford (fiddle)
Topic 12TS311 - Ossian OSS 14

4.) “Music from Sliabh Luachra Volume 4:
Irish Traditional Flute Solos and Band Music from Kerry and Tipperary”
Billy Clifford (flute), et. al.
Topic 12TS312 - Ossian OSS 11

5.) “Music from Sliabh Luachra Volume 5: Johnny O’Leary -
Music for the Set”
Recordings made 1976-77 - 18 tracks - Topic /Ossian OSSCD 25

6.) “Music from Sliabh Luachra Volume 6: Jackie Daly -
Traditional Accordion and Concertina Music from Sliabh Luachra”
Topic 12TS358
Released on CD by Ossian: OSSCD 30 & Green Linnet: GLCD3065

“The Rushy Mountain: Classic Music from Sliabh Luachra 1957-77”
- a compilation of tracks from the six albums in the Topic series “Music from Sliabh Luachra volumes 1-6”…

“Denis Murphy: Music from Sliabh Luachra”

“The Star Above the Garter”
Denis (fiddle) & Julia Murphy/Clifford (fiddle)

“Ceol As Sliabh Luachra”
Julia (fiddle) & Billy (flute) Clifford

“An Calmfhear/The Trooper” - Johnny O’Leary“
17 tracks - Gael Linn CEFC 132 / CEFCD 132, 1989

“Johnny O’Leary of Sliabh Luachra: Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border”
Craft Recordings, Dublin - CRCS01
28 tracks - Craft Recordings - (CD) CRCD01, 1995

“Denis Doody Plays Kerry Music”
Mulligan - LUN 019, 1978

“Traditional Music From The Kingdom Of Kerry”
Jimmy Doyle (Melodeon) and Dan O’Leary (fiddle)
Shanachie 29007, and it was recorded in 1977.


I really hate to be correcting anyone 8 years after they comment, but it’s definitely “O’Keefe”, not “O’Keeffe” Presumin Ed

You sure…?

“Sliabh Luachra Music Masters Vol.1” - by Dan Herlihy. Front cover has a photo captioned “Padraig O’Keeffe 1187 - 1963”.

“Bowing Styles In Irish Fiddle Playing Vol.2” - by David Lyth. Page 25, very 1st musician included is “Padraig O’Keeffe”.

“The Irish Fiddle Book” - by Matt Cranitch. Page 60 - photo of “Padraig O’Keeffe”.

“The Companion To Irish Traditional Music” - by Fintan Vallely. Page 279. Biography of “Padraig O’Keeffe”.

“Ceol Rince na hEireann Vol.3” - collected by Breandan Breathnach. 2 slides attributed to “Padraig O’Keeffe”.

“Beginish” - First CD, first track - “O’Keeffe’s Number 1” followed by “O’Keeffe’s Number 2”.

Mary Bergin - 2nd CD - Track 9, 3rd tune is “Padraig O’Keeffe’s”.

I could go through many more recordings, but these were the first instances which came to hand.

The one exception I did find was in “Music From Sliabh Luachra”, a booklet which accompanied the Topic Records series of LPs released in and around 1976. His name is spelt with a single “f” throughout, and I would presume is the same on the recording sleeve notes and album covers.

I don’t suppose anyone’s got access to his birth certificate 🙂 . Might be the only way to find out for sure, but from what I’ve looked at listed above, the “O’Keeffe” spelling seems at the very least to be the more common.

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It’s definitely O’Keeffe!

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