Padraig O’Keefe’s slide

Also known as Padraig O’Keefes, Padraig O’Keeffe’s.

There are 28 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Happy One Step (a few times) and Ray’s Classic (a few times).

Padraig O’Keefe’s has been added to 10 tune sets.

Padraig O'Keefe's has been added to 226 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Padraig O'Keefe's
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
F2A ABA G2B BAG|F2A A2F E2F D2E|F2A ABA G2B BAG|
[1 e2d cBA d2A B2A:|2 e2d cde d2A d2e:|
f2A f2A g2B g2f|e2d c2d e2d cBA|f2A f2A g2B g2f|
e2d cde d2A d2e|f2A f2A g2B g2f|e2d c2d e3- efg|
f2A f2A g2B g2f|e2d cde d2A d2e||
X: 2
T: Padraig O'Keefe's
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
F2A ABA G2B BAG|F2A A2F E2F D2E|F2A ABA G2B BAG|
[1 e2d cBA d2A B2A:|2 e2d cde d2A d2e:|
f2A f2A g2B g2f|e2d c2d e2d cBA|f2A f2A g2B g2f|
e2d cde d2A d2e|f2A f2A g2B g2f|e2d c2d e3- efg|
f2A f2A g2B g2f| e2d cde d2A B2A||
# Added by JACKB .

Twenty-four comments

Sharon Shannon’s Blackbird

This is a set beginning with Padraig O’ Keefe’s Slide and flowing into the Happy one-step a cajun type of tune.

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Sharon Shannon’s blackbird

is sharon’s version a slide?

Re: Sharon Shannon’s blackbird

It sounds like a relation of Kathryn Tickell’s tattoo.

Re: Sharon Shannon’s blackbird

Em, its two tunes, the first is a slip jig i think (not sure really!) and the second is a cajun one-step.

Re: Sharon Shannon’s blackbird

I thought the Blackbird was one of Pádraig O’Keefe’s slides but this would need some checking out.

Re: Sharon Shannon’s blackbird

Is it Plane - Is it a bird - No it’s not a slide, and this may sound Irish, but you could dance a ‘Slow Quickstep’ to it. Whatever it turns out to be..it’s one bloody awful tune…Sorry.

Re: Sharon Shannon’s blackbird

The melody is very close to the Gullane Slide which was associated with Pádraig O’Keefe and was recorded by Johnny O’Leary

Re: Sharon Shannon’s blackbird

slide it is

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Re: Sharon Shannon’s blackbird

Im with Free Reed…..AWFUL!!

Re: Sharon Shannon’s blackbird

I don’t think I’d go so far as saying it’s awful (taking it for what it is I think it’s quite pleasant) but I definitely don’t want to hear it played in trad sessions - over the years I think I’ve only ever heard it introduced two or three times which is more than enough!

Re: Sharon Shannon’s blackbird

I don’t think much of it as a tune either, I’d far rather hear or play the other blackbird tune,(the set dance).

Re: Sharon Shannon’s blackbird

or the hornpipe as played by concertina virtuouso Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh.

Re: Sharon Shannon’s blackbird

The first part of this set is a slide, in fact, it’s this one: https://thesession.org/tunes/1844

and unless you’ve got something against slides in general I’m wondering what the problem is (disregarding the Cajun thing that’s the second tune).

Re: Sharon Shannon’s blackbird

ha, i never thought i’d get so many responses on this one, i think its a catchy tune and a good effort to change up an old tune.

Re: Sharon Shannon’s blackbird

I dont like it,I prefer the other two blackbirds therslow air and the set dance.

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Re: Sharon Shannon’s blackbird

Osharpd - Your link which is the first tune in the set, is a slide, no doubt about that, but I can’t see how the last tune in the set could be played as a slide. The tempo is wrong surely, and is that not the tune in question that is titled ‘The Blackbird’. ???? Like some on here I too prefer the Blackbird Hornpipe or the Blackbird Set Dance.

Re: Sharon Shannon’s blackbird

"Blackbird" is simply the name Sharon Shannon gave to this track, which is a mashup of two tunes — Padraig O’Keefe’s (a slide) and The Happy One-Step (which is, um, something else entirely). It doesn’t make sense to talk about the track or set as if it’s a single tune.

Lunasa, among others, does the same thing — they give names to sets. Doing so doesn’t mean that name applies to all (or even any) of the tunes in the set.

And, just as some performers mash up different tune types in a single track (jig to reel, anyone?), her playing the first tune as a slide doesn’t mean the second one should be played or danced as a slide. (God, I hope no one would try that.)

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If some of the comments above seem a bit odd, it’s because all but the first comment were part of a thread on the main discussion board that was moved to this tune-specific page.

Blackbird

Yeah, what do you know, I love it!

“Padraig O’Keeffe’s ____________” 8-)

Let’s not get carried away and start listing the MANY other tunes also passed around as "Padraig O’Keeffe’s". :-D This ain’t the only slide that has taken that name, nor is there only one polka known by this title.

Padraig O’Keefe’s, X:2

Great tune

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