The Toormore slide

Also known as An Choisir, An Coisir, Cullen, The House Party, Jack Regan, Jack Regan’s, Johnny O’Leary’s, The Tourmore, The Tuar Mór, The Wedding Feast.

There are 30 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Paudy Scully’s (lots of times), Callaghan’s (a few times), The Cuil Aodha (a few times), Denis Murphy’s (a few times) and The Gleanntan Frolics (a few times).

The Toormore has been added to 9 tune sets.

The Toormore has been added to 177 tunebooks.

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Nine settings

X: 1
T: The Toormore
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:F2B BAB d2e faf|e2e efe c2e a3|F2B BAB d2e faf|e2d B2A B3 B3:|
|:f3 e3 d3 c3|BAB edB A2F EDE|F2B BAB d2e faf|e2d B2A B3 B3:|
X: 2
T: The Toormore
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
F2B BAB|d2e f2d|e2e efe|c2e a3|
F2B BAB|d2e f2d|e2d B2A|1 B3 BAG:|2 B3 d2e||
fgf efe|ded cdc|BAB edB|AFE F2E|
F2B BAB|d2e f2d|e2d B2A|1 B3 d2e:|2 B3 BAG||
X: 3
T: The Toormore
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: A2 G |E2 A AAA c2 d e2 c | d3- d2 [Ad] B2 d g2 [Ad] |
E2 A AAA c2 d e2 c |[1 d2 c A2 G A3- :|[2 d2 c A2 G A2 B c2 d :|
|: ege d2 [Be] c2 [Ae] B2 c | AAA [G2d2] [Ac] A2 G E2 [Ac] |
E2 A AAA c2 d e2 c |[1 d2 c A2 G A2 B c2 d :|[2 d2 c A2 G A3- |]
X: 4
T: The Toormore
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: G |E2 A AAA c2 d e2 c | d3- d2 A B2 d g2 A |
E2 A AAA c2 d e2 c | d2 c A2 G A3- A2 :|
|: d |ege d2 B c2 A B2 c | AAA G2 A A2 G E2 A |
E2 A AAA c2 d e2 c | d2 c A2 G A3- A2 :|
X: 5
T: The Toormore
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
F2B BAB|d2e f2d|e3 efe|c2e A3|
F2B BAB|d2e f2d|e2d B2A|1 B3 BAG:|2 B3 d2e||
fc/A/f ec/A/e|dF/G/d cF/G/c|Bc/A/B edB|AFE F2E|
F2B BAB|d2e f2d|e2d B2A|1 B3 d2e:|2 B3 BAG||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 6
T: The Toormore
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
K: Am
|: E2 A AGA c2 d e3 | d3 d^cd B2 d g3 |
E2 A AGA c2 d e2 e |1 d2 c A2 G A3 A3:|2 d2 c A2 G A3 c2 d |
|: efe ded cdc BcB | ABA cBA G2 E E2 D |
E2 A AGA c2 d e2 e |1 d2 c A2 G A3 c2 d:|2 d2 c A2 G A3 A3|
"variation of 2nd part"
|: e2e ded c2c BcB | ABA cBA G2 E E2 D |
E2 A AGA c2 d e2 e |1 d2 c A2 G A3 c2 d:|2 d2 c A2 G A3 A3|
X: 7
T: The Toormore
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|: B2 A |F2 B BAB d2 e f3 | efe efe c2 e a3 |
F2 B BAB d2 e f3 | e2 d B2 A B3 :|
|: d2 e |fgf efe ded cdc | B3 dcB A2 F F2 E |
F2 B BAB d2 e f3 | e2 d B2 A B3 :|
X: 8
T: The Toormore
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: E2 A ABA c2 d e3 | d3 d^cd B2 d g3 |
E2 A ABA c2 d e2 e | d2 B A2 G A3- A3 :|
|: e3 ded c3 BcB | A3 ecA G2 E E2 D |
E2 A ABA c2 d e2 e | d2 B A2 G A3- A3 :|
X: 9
T: The Toormore
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: G |E2 A ABA c2 d e3 | ded d^cd B2 d g2 G |
E2 A A2 B c2 d e2 ^c | d2 c A2 ^G A3 A2 :|
d |efe ded cdc B3 | ABA cBA G2 E E2 D |
E2 A- A2 B c2 d e3 | cBA B2 G A2 B c2 d |
e2 e ded c2 c BcB | A2 A cBA G2 E E2 ^D |
E2 A A^GA c2 d e2 ^c | d2 c A2 ^G A3 A2 |]

Twenty-five comments

This is a nifty little slide in B minor.

The start of the second part can be played differently every time. Those four descending notes can all be played as triplets e.g. FGF instead of just F and EFE instead of just E. Try combining combinations of triplets and single notes for more variation.

Here is another version (or variation):
F2B BAB|d2e f2d|e2e efe|c2e a3|
F2B BAB|d2e f2d|e2d B2A|1 B3 BAG:|2 B3 d2e||
fgf efe|ded cdc|BAB edB|AFE F2E|
F2B BAB|d2e f2d|e2d B2A|1 B3 d2e:|2 B3 BAG||

I learned this tune as Johnny O’Leary’s from a whistle tutor in the workshop in Sligo. She acquired this version from a TV programme featuring Johnny O’Leary, so the tune was named after his name. Later I found Paul McGrattan also plays it with the same title.

“The Wedding Feast Slide” ~ Dow’s Duplication rescued 8-)

Key signature: a minor
Submitted on May 16th 2007 by Dow.
~ /tunes/7215

X: 1
T: Wedding Feast, The
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
R: slide
K: a minor
|: G |
E2 A ABA c2 d e2 c | d3 d^cd B2d g3 |
E2 A ABA c2 d e2 c | d2 c A2 G A3 A2 :|
|: d |
e2 e ded c2 A BcB | A2 e cBA G2 E E2 D |
E2 A ABA c2 d e2 c | d2 c A2 G A3 A2 :|

This is my own setting of the tune. I first heard it as the 1st tune on track 12 of Dervish’s "Harmony Hill", where it is played more like a fling - a bit slower than they’d normally take a reel, and with perhaps more emphasis on the first beat of the bar than they’d give a reel. They certainly don’t have the feel of the slides they play as the last set on their follow up album "Playing With Fire". For the slides on that album they slow down the melody slightly and speed up the backing rhythm into fast triplets.

So here are the Dervish settings for the different instruments, first box:

X: 2
T: The Wedding Feast
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: fling
K: a minor
E>A (3AAA c>de>c | d3 d B>dg>d |
E>A (3AAA c>de>c |1 d>cA>G A2 A>G :|2 d>cA>G A>Bc>d :|
|: (3ege d>e c>eB>c | (3AAA d>c A>GE>c |
E>A (3AAA c>de>c |1 d>cA>G A>Bc>d :|2 d>cA>G A2 A>G ||

…and fiddle:

X: 3
T: The Wedding Feast
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: fling
K: a minor
E>A (3AAA c>de>c | d3 A B>dg>A |
E>A (3AAA c>de>c |1 d>cA>G A3G:|2 d>cA>G A3 d :|
|:(3ege d>B c>AB>c | (3AAA G>A A>GE>A |
E>A (3AAA c>de>c |1 d>cA>G A3 d :|2 d>cA>G A3 G ||

Transcribed as a slide, those become (respectively):

X: 4
T: Wedding Feast, The
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
R: slide
K: a minor
E2 A AAA c2 d e2 c | d3- d2 d B2 d g2 d |
E2 A AAA c2 d e2 c |1 d2 c A2 G A3 A2 G :|2 d2 c A2 G A2 B c2 d ||
|: ege d2 e c2 e B2 c | AAA d2c A2G E2c|
E2 A AAA c2 d e2 c |1 d2 c A2 G A2 B c2 d :|2 d2 c A2 G A3 A2 G ||

X: 5
T: Wedding Feast, The
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
R: slide
K: a minor
|: G |
E2 A AAA c2 d e2 c | d3- d2 A B2 d g2 A |
E2 A AAA c2 d e2 c | d2 c A2 G A3- A2 :|
|: d |
ege d2 B c2 A B2 c | AAA G2 A A2 G E2 A |
E2 A AAA c2 d e2 c | d2 c A2 G A3- A2 :|

Note that there are no F’s anywhere in the tune, so backers can use Ador or Amin chord scales.

The only other setting I found on the net was this one:

X: 6
T: Wedding Feast
S: "Music of Ireland - The Big Session" (DJ Taylor)
Z: B.Black
L: 1/8
M: 12/8
R: slide
F:http://www.qmcorp.net/webabc/w/230811.abc 2007-05-16 01:40:18 UT
K: A Dorian
E2 A ABA c2 d e3 | d3 d^cd B2 d g3 |
E2 A ABA c2 d e2 e | d2 B A2 G A6 :|
e3 ded c3 BcB | A3 ecA G2 E E2 D |
E2 A ABA c2 d e2 e | d2 B A2 G A6 :|

The one that goes after it is here:

"Con Carthy’s Favourite Slide"
Key signature: b minor
Submitted on June 3rd 2004 by kjlowe.
https://thesession.org/tunes/3112.

# Posted on May 16th 2007 by Dow

I believe Paul McGrattan recorded it in b minor.

# Posted on May 16th 2007 by slainte

“Matt Cunningham’s Dance Music of Ireland” ~ another a minor take

Dave Mallinson Publications, 1999
ISBN: 1-899512-45-4

Page 21: "The Wedding Feast Slide"

“The Wedding Feast Slide” ;-)

X: 1134
T: The Wedding Feast
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
R: slide
K: a minor
|: G |
E2 A ABA c2 d e3 | ded d^cd B2 d g2 G |
E2 A A2 B c2 d e2 ^c | d2 c A2 ^G A3 A2 :|
d |
efe ded cdc B3 | ABA cBA G2 E E2 D |
E2 A- A2 B c2 d e3 | cBA B2 G A2 B c2 d |
e2 e ded c2 c BcB | A2 A cBA G2 E E2 ^D |
E2 A A^GA c2 d e2 ^c | d2 c A2 ^G A3 A2 ||

“Johnny O’Leary of Sliabh Luachra:

Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border"
compiled and edited by Terry Moylan
Lilliput Press, Dublin, 1994
ISBN: 1-874675-42-2

Page 138, tune #238: "Jack Regan’s Slide" ~ b minor

However, I first learned this in the land of slides and in a ~ but also in b… :-/

I could swear that Johnny O’Leary also played it in both keys, as did others of that persuasion, the button box, as played in that lovely part of the world…

Thanks for rescuing my multiple settings, ‘c’!

According to the Fiddler’s Companion, this slide is derived from a song called "An Chóisir".

You did bother to look at the "also known as" section didn’t you? :-/

Yes, I did. In fact I was the one who added that title with the fada in the spelling. There was no information in the aka section about there being a "song" by that title, so I added it here in the comments :-/

You feeling got at because I nitpicked a D# in your transcription of another tune today?!

Now, I just wanted to grouch you up…

You added the fada version? That’s weird, because I thought there had already been one added way back when, but maybe that was before the site accepted them willingly?

Yes, it was me. I remember quite clearly that I did it only a few hours ago. I don’t think I dreamt it :-)

Lyrics?! ~ come on… You started this…

I believe you, full faith in your wherewithall, except under the ‘influence’… The reason why I mentioned it was that I had put it in ages back, as I remember it, but my memory is not as trustworthy. Or, it may be that the fada version wouldn’t take at the same time as the non-fada one… Or I slipped up and only did it non-fada. :-( However, the most important bit is that there are lyrics, so, let’s see them if you’re so smart…

She’s followed by the Mulcahy sisters, Ciaran O Maonaigh and Sharon Shannon and her Band. Mighty, the lot of it.

Nice one Pádraig…

“The Wedding Feast Slide” ~ the missing back slashes \

X: 3
T: Wedding Feast, The
N: Submitted on May 16th 2007 by Dow
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
R: slide
K: a minor
|: G |\
E2 A ABA c2 d e2 c | d3 d^cd B2d g3 |
E2 A ABA c2 d e2 c | d2 c A2 G A3 A2 :|
|: d |\
e2 e ded c2 A BcB | A2 e cBA G2 E E2 D |
E2 A ABA c2 d e2 c | d2 c A2 G A3 A2 :|

X: 9
T: The Wedding Feast
N: Posted on May 16th 2007 by ceolachan
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
R: slide
K: amin
|: G |\
E2 A ABA c2 d e3 | ded d^cd B2 d g2 G |
E2 A A2 B c2 d e2 ^c | d2 c A2 ^G A3 A2 :|
d |\
efe ded cdc B3 | ABA cBA G2 E E2 D |
E2 A- A2 B c2 d e3 | cBA B2 G A2 B c2 d |
e2 e ded c2 c BcB | A2 A cBA G2 E E2 ^D |
E2 A A^GA c2 d e2 ^c | d2 c A2 ^G A3 A2 |]

The Toormore, X:6

Learned it from a ceilidh set-dance cd but don’t know the musicians etc..

X: 7 “The Toormore”

From the box of Pat Sullivan…

X: 8 “The Wedding Feast”

S: "Music of Ireland: The Big Session" by David J. Taylor, page 32
Dave Mallinson Publications, 1995
ISBN 1-899512-29-2
https://www.mally.com/

This is an excellent & recommended collection, as are the other volumes of Taylor’s "Music of Ireland"…

X: 9 “The Toormore”

From earlier notes that didn’t make the rise up to becoming dots…