Denis Murphy’s reel

Also known as The Duke Of Montrose, Julia Clifford’s.

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

Denis Murphy's has been added to 2 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Denis Murphy's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:D2FA dAFA|G2 GF GFEF|D2FA dAFA|1 (3Bcd eg fd d2:|2 (3Bcd eg fd de||
f2 fg fedA|(3Bcd Ad BdAd|f2 fg fedA|(3Bcd eg fdde|
f2 fg fedA|(3Bcd Ad BdAd| (3Bcd ef g2 ge| a2 ag fd d2||
X: 2
T: Denis Murphy's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
F | D2 F>A d>A F<D | G>B F>A G<E E>F | D2 F>A d/c/B/A/ F>A |
Bc/d/ (3efg f<d d :| a | d2 f<d a>g f<d | g>e g/f/e/d/ c<e e>f |
d2 f<d a>g f<d | Bc/d/ (3efg f<d d>A | d2 f<d a>g f<d |
g>e g/f/e/d/ c<e ed/c/ | (3def (3efg (3fga (3gab | (3agf (3gfe d2 d |]

Five comments

Re: Denis Murphy’s

There’s a rare strathspey [1] which fiddler Ron Gonnella played called "The Duke of Montrose" which is rather close to this. It might be worth submitting it as a setting… mmm…

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[1] = For one thing, it’s not listed in Charlie Gore’s Scottish Fiddle Music Index.

Re: Denis Murphy’s Duke of Montrose

Hi Nigel, definitely a smoking gun there! It lends weight to the tale I heard in Knocknagree (and have since read?) along the lines that an older relative of Pádraig O’Keeffe (his uncle Cal Callaghan?) spent some time in the USA (Ohio?) and met a number of Scottish musicians out there. He brought a lot of their music back to Kerry on his return but, presumably, adapted it for local ears and dances.