As promised, here’s the next tune in the set from Paudie O’Connor & John O’Brien’s “Wind & Reeds” CD. This follows the tune I posted previously, “The Humours of Killarney”. These tunes all have that lovely “can’t tell if it’s a jig or a slide, and it’s so beautiful, I just don’t care!” thing going for them. I get the feeling that jigs & slides were used interchangably for the sets in Sliabh Luachra, hence why they sound similar in feeling. Just a feeling , though…I could be wrong!
This is an O’Carolan tune. It’s usually given as a ‘Planxty’ - not a jig or a slide.
Thanks for correct tune I.D.
Thanks, Sharon, for the clarification on the origin of John O’Connor’s, I was not aware of it as an O’Carolan piece. However, on the recording I got it from, it is being played AS a jig (or slide, if you like!) by the aforementioned O’Connor & O’Brien (Paudie, not John, & John, not Paddy…confused yet?) It would be interesting to find out if Denis Murphy (Connie O’Connell’s source for this tune) would have been aware of it as being an O’Carolan tune, or if it was simply played as a jig in his day. Most curious….
Padraig O’Keefe plays this as Sheehan’s on the Tuning the Radio compilation, the middle of 3 jigs. I’ve heard John’s brother Mick playing it somewhere too.
From the Album The Bank Of Turf. Padraig O’Keeffe is believed to have first recorded this tune.
This tune is in Johnny O’Leary’s book. Johnny learnt it from Bill the Weaver (Denis Murphy’s father?). Even though Johnny played it at the pace of a jig, Terry Moylan classified it as a slide, based on its endings. TM noted that the tune appears in Bunting’s General Collection of the Ancient Music of Ireland (1809), p.13.