The Kinnegad Slashers jig

Also known as Brian O’Linn, The Horse That Made A Hames Of His Winkers, Kinegad Slasher, Kinegad Slashers, The Kinegad Slashers, Kinnegard Slashers, Land Of Sweet Erin, The Leitrim Slashers, Leitrim Slushers, The Leitrim Slushers, O! Merry Am I, O, An Irishman’s Heart, Paddy Digging For “Goold”, Power Of Whiskey, Powers Of Whiskey, Put On Your Clothes, Twin Sisters.

There are 24 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Roddy McCorley (lots of times), The Battering Ram (a few times) and The Rambler (a few times).

The Kinnegad Slashers has been added to 11 tune sets.

The Kinnegad Slashers has been added to 146 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The Kinnegad Slashers
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A | ded dAF | ABA ABc | ded dAF | E2g gfe |
ded dAF | ABA a2g | fef dBA | Bdc d2 :|
|:A | dfa afd | cde ecA | dfa afd | fa^g a2f |
dfa afd | cde eag | fef dBA | Bdc d2 :|
|:A | dAF dAF | dAF ABc | dAF dAF | E2g gfe |
dAF dAF | dAF a2g | fef dBA | Bdc d2 :|]
X: 2
T: The Kinnegad Slashers
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A|ded dAF|ABA ABc|dAF DFA|Bee gfe|
ded dAF|ABA a2g|fef dBA|Bdc d2:|
A|dfa afd|cde ecA|dfa afd|a^ga b=ge|
dfa afd|cde eag|fef dBA|Bdc d2:|
X: 3
T: The Kinnegad Slashers
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
((3A/B/c/|d)ed dAF|ABA ABc|ded dAF|Eee efe|ded dAF|ABA A2g|
fed dcB|ABc d2::A|dfa afd|cee ecA|dfa afd|Aaa a2A|
dfa afd|cee efg|fed dcB|ABc d2::((3A/B/c/|d)AF dAF|ABA ABc|
dAF dAF|Eee efe|dAF dAF|ABA A2g|fef dcB|ABc d2:|
X: 4
T: The Kinnegad Slashers
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
ded dAF | ABA Afe | ded dAF | Eee efe |
ded dAF | ABA a2 g | ~f3 dBA | Bdc d2 :|
dfa afd | B/c/de ecA | dfa afd | faa a2 f |
dfa afd | B/c/de eag | ~f3 dBA | Bdc d2 :|
dAF dAF | ABA Afe | dAF dAF| Eee efe |
dAF dAF | ABA a2 g | ~f3 dBA | Bdc d2 :|
X: 5
T: The Kinnegad Slashers
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
ded dAF | GBA ABc | ded dAF | Eee e2 f |
|ded dAF | GBA A ag | fef dBA | Bdd d2 :|
dfa afd | cde ecA | dfa afd | faa a2 A |
|dfa afd | cde eag | {a}fef dBA | Bdd d2 :|
dAF dAF | ABA ABc | dAF dAF | Eee e2 f |
|dAF dAF | ABA Aag | {a}fef dBA | Bdd d2 :|
X: 6
T: The Kinnegad Slashers
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A|d>ed dAF|A>BA ABc|d>ed dAF|E<ee e2f|
d>ed dAF|ABA Aag|fef dBA|B<dd d2:|
|:A|d>fa afd|c>de ecA|d<fa afd|f<aa a2A|
d<fa afd|c>de eag|fef dBA|B<dd d2:|
|:(3A/B/c/|dAF dAF|A>BA ABc|dAF dAF|E<ee e2f|
dAF dAF|A>BA Aag|fef dBA|B<dd d2:|]
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Sixteen comments

Kinnegad Slashers

This is a dirt simple tune that sounds pretty good. I first heard it played by Joannie Madden & Siobhan Egan about 10 years ago. I like this tune a lot & wish it were played more often. As far as the name some people have said it relates to some uprising or another, but I have a hard time believing such a lighthearted tune was written to remember a nasty event like that.
B

Recording

Also to be found on ‘Spring in the Air’ by Kelly/O’Brien / Sproule.

Another recording…

Also on Danu’s All Things Considered, I believe.

—-Michael B.

Slahsers

I know a lovely tune by name League and slasher reel - American old time although it may exist elsewhere as well - and I also wondered why a tune would be named slasher. Any other insight from all you incredibly diverse folks (who are all more well read than me…)
Thanks!
Birgit

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The Kinnegad Slashers

I’ve been playing Harry Bradley’s version of the tune:

K: Dmaj
A|ded dAF|ABA ABc|dAF DFA|Bee gfe|
ded dAF|ABA a2g|fef dBA|Bdc d2:|
A|dfa afd|cde ecA|dfa afd|a^ga b=ge|
dfa afd|cde eag|fef dBA|Bdc d2:|

It’s neater and more effective than any other. I heard a box player play this tune when I was staying in Leeds, and he didn’t have the third part either. He said his version comes from Paddy O’Brien’s playing.

The Kinnegad Slashers

Weren’t they a hunt, made up of members of a cavalry regiment ?
Perhaps someone in or near Kinnegad could let us know.

The Power of Whiskey

Yet another ITM/ American fife tune crossover. This is "Power of Whiskey" as played in the states by Fife and Drum Corps, as notated in the tune book, "The Company of Fifers & Drummers, Vol. 2":

T: Power of Whiskey
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: D
((3A/B/c/|d)ed dAF|ABA ABc|ded dAF|Eee efe|ded dAF|ABA A2g|
fed dcB|ABc d2::A|dfa afd|cee ecA|dfa afd|Aaa a2A|
dfa afd|cee efg|fed dcB|ABc d2::((3A/B/c/|d)AF dAF|ABA ABc|
dAF dAF|Eee efe|dAF dAF|ABA A2g|fef dcB|ABc d2:|

“The Kinnegad Slashers”

K: Dmaj
|: A |
ded dAF | ABA Afe | ded dAF | Eee efe |
ded dAF | ABA a2 g | ~f3 dBA | Bdc d2 :|
|: A |
dfa afd | B/c/de ecA | dfa afd | faa a2 f |
dfa afd | B/c/de eag | ~f3 dBA | Bdc d2 :|
|: f/e/ |
dAF dAF | ABA Afe | dAF dAF| Eee efe |
dAF dAF | ABA a2 g | ~f3 dBA | Bdc d2 :|

Source:
Gearoid O’hallmhurain & Patrick Orceau - "Tracin’"
Track 11, first tune: "The Kinnegad Slashers"
Transcription: gmp ~ gian marco

This version has been copied from:
https://thesession.org/tunes/3292
Where it is duplicated and incorrectly listed as:
"The Flowers of the Burren"
~ also a jig and on the "Tracin" album ~ Track 2, first tune…

origins of kinegad slashers

Hello all and please help. I was wondering if any of you might be able to help me find the origins of the tune "The Kinegad Slashers". It’s currently one of me favorite tunes but the name seems to imply a hurling team or some thing of that sort. If anyone knows please pass along the info.

From the Fiddler’s Companion online http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/FCfiles.html (bookmark it!): "Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin proposes that this tune was originally dedicated to the Kinnegad, Westmeath, hurling team (hurling being played with ash sticks in a decidedly rough-and-tumble encounter!). However, the title may actually honor an Irish yeomanry unit called the Kinnegad Cavalry, who, on July 11th, 1798, found themselves in defense of Clonard against the rebels. The attack of the United Irishmen was repulsed and the attackers dispersed, whereupon the cavalry of the Kinnegad Yeomen pursued them with much slaughter. Their success in this engagement earned them the sobriquet of Kinnegad Slashers. The Journal for Army Historical Research, Vol. IV, gives that “a lively melody, still popular in Ireland, was named The Kinnegad Slashers in complimentary commemoration of the achievements of that corps at Clonard.”

thank you all so muh for the great bit of information. it was of great help indeed.

Thanks Dow for your enlightening information. To me, this is a march, probably a pipe march - maybe the theme tune of that regiment?

” The Leitrim Slushers” / “Kinnegad Slashers” ~ another rescued duplication

Submitted on February 21st 2010 by swisspiper.
~ /tunes/10292

X: 5
T: Leitrim Slushers
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Dmaj
|: A |\
ded dAF | GBA ABc | ded dAF | Eee e2 f |
|ded dAF | GBA A ag | fef dBA | Bdd d2 :|
|: A |\
dfa afd | cde ecA | dfa afd | faa a2 A |
|dfa afd | cde eag | {a}fef dBA | Bdd d2 :|
|: (3A/B/c/ |\
dAF dAF | ABA ABc | dAF dAF | Eee e2 f |
|dAF dAF | ABA Aag | {a}fef dBA | Bdd d2 :|

Just found a forgotten gem in an old sketch book of mine. I think I learned it form the playing of Rolf Knüsel at a German Tionol many years a go.

I have to relearnit!!

# Posted on February 21st 2010 by swisspiper

The Kinnegad Slashers, X:6

This setting – almost identical to X: 1 – appears in O’Neill’s Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems (1907), p. 39, no. 148. The classified index notes that this tune is also known as Land of Sweet Erin; Paddy digging for “Goold”; O, an Irishman’s Heart; O! Merry am I; Powers of Whiskey; Twin Sisters.

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