Drone those Ds
This one is fun is to play at a fast, even sloppy, pace. I like to drone open Ds as often as possible - basically anywhere where an F,A or D is played - it almost makes it sound like a swedish polska.
This tune sounds like a variant of the Scots jig and song air, "The Muckin’ o’ Geordie’s Byre".
Seamus Ennis calls this tune The Dark Girl in Blue in his tutor for the uilleann pipes. It seems that maybe this is more accurate the "Denis Murphy’s" because it was from Denis Murphy that Ennis learned the tune.
Dennis Murphy’s Slide
The A part of "Dennis Murphy’s Slide" is almost identical to the B part of a Scots strathspey, "The Marquis of Huntly’s Highland Fling":
T:Marquis of Huntly’s Highland Fling
B:Kerr’s Merry Melodies
A | d<df>d g>ef>d | B<Be>d c<AA>c |
d<df>d g>ef>d | B>e d/c/B/A/ d2- d :|
B | A>D F/E/D A>Bd>f | g>ef>d e>dB<d |
A>D F/E/D A>Bd>b | a<fe>f d2- d :|]
I love it, great catch and connection Nigel…
Denis Murphy’s Strathspey
Jerry O’Sullivan’s version.
T: Denis Murphy’s Strathspey
|: A | d2 f>d g>ef>d | B2 e>d c>Bc<A | d2 f>d g>ef>d | B>e d/c/B/A/ d2 dA |
d2 f>d g>ef>d | B2 e>d c>Bc<A | d2 f>d g>ef>d | B>e d/c/B/A/ d2 d ||
|: B | A>DF<D F<AA>f | g>ef>d e>dB<d | A>DF<D F<AA>f | a>fe<f d2 dB |
A>DF<D F<AA>f | g>ef>d e>dB<d | A>DF<D F<AA>f | a>fe<f d2 d ||
The Gleanntan Slide
Tony MacMahon has recorded this tune on his LP "Tony MacMahon" (1972) he puts it as second with "Merrily Kissed the Quaker" On this LP it is refered to as "The Gleanntan Slide" Can anyone offer reasons why it is so named? Does anyone else call it that?
Gleanntán / Glountane
Geographic associations ~ a township of Sliabh Luachra
Recording: "Sliabh Notes: Gleanntán"
The 1st tune here:
Where does this title come from? Is it a real name or just a mistake on the youtubes?
I think it’s a mistake - Denis Murphy’s polka is also called the Knockabout polka:
Knockabout is wrong too…..
See here :
I know Denis Murphy’s Polka as the Knockaboul Polka (with a final "l"), Knockaboul being a place name in Ireland. I can understand the final "l" being misread as a "t", but YouTube generally is not my first source for definitive accuracy in spelling!
And I got it wrong too! It should of course be Knocknaboul.
I reckon the fairies have put a curse on it :-)
Also called Padraic O’Keefe’s
This tune is listed as Padraic O’Keefe’s on the Boys of the Lough’s "Second Album," suggesting that maybe Denis Murphy learned it from his teacher Padraic. It’s on "Chieftans 3" as Denis Murphy’s Slide, now the common title.
Setting #4 is setting #1 ‘doctored’ to be more along the lines of the The Boys of the Lough, Chieftains 3 and the Cranitch/Creagh clip above.
I think one of them in the clip is playing c natural rather than c# in the second bar. Coming back into the A part many do dcB|A2
I found this tune in "Second album" by Boys of the lough, track 10, 2nd tune.
X: 6 “Murphy(’s)s’ Slides No.1” ~ Bill, Denis, Julia…
S: “Jimmy Doyle & Dan O’Leary: Traditional Music From The Kingdom Of Kerry”
https://thesession.org/recordings/1247 ~ track 2, the 1st slide of two.
Q: 148 bpm (1 beat = three quavers/eighth notes)
I have also learned this one direct, as well from other living sources and situations where the average tempos varied from 130 to 150 bpm (1 beat = three quavers/eighth notes)…
Denis Murphy’s, X:7
Setting as played at the Golden Guinea pub session, Bristol, UK.
A tin whistle version here
Likely Dennis Murphy > Padraig > Blind Tom > Scotland?
Let us remember that Padraig grew up in Glentann, so the connection is there.
Makes for a nice part as the "meat" after the Brosna Slide and before the Star Above The Garter.