Father O’Grady’s Visit To Bocca reel

Also known as Father Grady’s Trip To Bacca, Father Grady’s Visit To Bockagh, Father O’Grady’s Trip To Bocca, Father O’Grady’s Trip To Bockagh, Father O’Grady’s Trip To Bucca, Fr O’Grady’s Trip To Bocca, Fr O’Grady’s Trip To Broca, Fr O’Grady’s Visit To Bocca, Fr. Grady’s Visit To Bocca, Fr. O’Grady’s Visit To Boca, Fr. O’Grady’s Visit To Bocca.

There are 13 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Darby’s Farewell To London (a few times).

Father O'Grady's Visit To Bocca has been added to 84 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Father O'Grady's Visit To Bocca
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
Adde fded | ABAG EAde | fded cAAG | EFGE DAde |
fded ABAG | EFGE ABde |fded cAAG | EFGE D3z :|
|:dcde f2ge | dged cAAF | G2GA GE~E2 | edcA GE~E2 |
Adde f2ge | dged cAA2 | fefa g2g2 | eage d3z :|
X: 2
T: Father O'Grady's Visit To Bocca
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d3e fded|cAAG EG~G2|fded cAAG|EFGE D2de|
fded cAAG|EG~G2 A2de|fded cAAG|EFGE D4||
dcde fage|dfed cAFA|~G3A GE~E2|edcA GE~E2|
dcde fage|dfed cA~A2|fAdf gege|1fagc dABG:|2fagc dcde||

Six comments

Father O’Grady’s…

This tune is by whistle player Josie McDermott. The first part has an unusual shifting structure, which makes it very confusing to play.

Another version

T:Father O’Grady’s Trip to Bucca
M:4/4
L:1/8
S:Jason O’Rourke - The Bunch of Keys
R:reel
Z:gian marco pietrasanta
K:D
d3e fded|cAAG EG~G2|fded cAAG|EFGE D2de|
fded cAAG|EG~G2 A2de|fded cAAG|EFGE D4||
dcde fage|dfed cAFA|~G3A GE~E2|edcA GE~E2|
dcde fage|dfed cA~A2|fAdf gege|1fagc dABG:|2fagc dcde||

Josie’s sleeve notes =

"… named after a missionary priest from the townland of Bocca, near Ballydreen, Co. Roscommon. On a visit home, he gave Josie a flute and in return asked that "You’ll make a tune for me". This is the tune."

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Father O’Grady’s Visit To Bocca is actually Bockagh

https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Bockagh,+Ireland&aq=0&oq=bockagh&sll=42.746632,-75.770041&sspn=6.445331,9.876709&vpsrc=0&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Bockagh,+County+Roscommon,+Ireland&t=m&z=15&iwloc=A

The above link is from Google Maps and will show you the town-land that Father Peter O’Grady was born. He was born May 23 of 1907 to Peter Grady and Catherine Morrisroe, both from Bockagh, Ballaghadereen, Mayo which today is Roscommon. Ballaghadereen was in Mayo prior to the Irish Revolution and was then re-assigned/evaluated to be part of Roscommon.

Father Peter O’Grady was my granduncle.