The Policeman’s Request reel

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Policeman’s Request has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Policeman's Request has been added to 37 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Policeman's Request
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
|:DGGD GABG|dgga gfdf|F2FA cFAc|dAcA GAD2|
DGGD GABG|dgga gfdf|F2FA cFAc|dAcA BGG2:|
|:dggf gabg|agf^^e fgfd|cAfA gAfA|cdfa gfdc|
dggf gabg|agf^^e fgfd|cFAc FABc|dcBA BGG2:|
# Added by Mikea .
X: 2
T: The Policeman's Request
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gdor
|:DGGF GABA|Gggf gfdc|F3A cFAc|dfcA GAFA|
DGGF GABA|Gggf gfdc|F3A cFAc|dfcA AGGF:|
|:(3def ga babg |agfe fefd | cAfA gAfA|(3ABc fa gfdc|
dfga babg|agfe fefd|c2Ac FAcf|dcBA BGG2:|
X: 3
T: The Policeman's Request
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:BEED EFGA|Beed edBA|D3F ADFA|(3Bcd AF DEFA|
BEED EFGA|Beed edBA|D3F ADFA|(3Bcd AF FE E2:||
|:(3Bcd ef g3e |fedc dABd | AFdF eFdF|(3Bcd ef edBA|
(3Bcd ef g3e|fedc dABd|A2FA DFAd|(3Bcd AF FE E2:||
# Added by JACKB .

Eight comments

The policemans request

Most of my new tunes these days come from Michael Harty who I play with at least once a week.Michael used to play with Paddy O’Brien from Nehagh, Co Tipperary. I think this tune sounds best played slowish but not too slow, about 140.
Good Luck
Mike Allen.

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Policeman’s request

This is a great tune and I have a brlliant recording of it by John Regan but I’d like to know if it is a Paddy O’Brien tune or not. It’s not in a book of his tunes which I’ve got, unless under another name. Also, some of the notes in the version on this site sound a bit odd. Is it always played in Gminor?

Hi Flutemike
I don’t think this is a Paddy O’Brien tune as it sounds out of character to his compositions, I must ask Michael Harty, I would say he will know one way or the other. The way it is posted here is the way we play it here in Tipperary, I have not heard any other setting of it.
Mike

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The other Paddy O’Brien

This tune is played in a beautiful performance by Oliver Devaney, all-Ireland accordianist, on the CD "Cairde". He pairs it with Josephine Marsh’s Phyllis’ Birthday in F (thesession tune 4149 in G).
In the liner notes he credits the tune to Paddy O’Brien of Offaly.

The Policeman’s Request, X:2

A bit closer to Paddy O’Brien’s version , I think.