John O’Connor’s jig

Also known as Planxty Connor, Sheehan’s, Sheehan’s #2.

There are 5 recordings of this tune.

John O’Connor’s appears in 1 other tune collection.

John O’Connor’s has been added to 5 tune sets.

John O'Connor's has been added to 29 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: John O'Connor's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:D|GAG FED|E2 F G2 A|B2 G c2 A|B2 G c2 A|
|:D|GAG GBd|e2 f g2 e|dBG GBd|e2 f g2 e|
dBG c2 A|dBG FED|EFG AFD|G3 G2:|
X: 2
T: John O'Connor's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:GAG GBd|e2a g2e|dBG GBd|e2f gfe|

Seven comments

Paudie O’C / John O’B….Part 2…

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!

John O’Connor

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….

John O’Connor

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.

Planxty Connor

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.