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.
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?
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.
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.
It is a Paddy O’Brien tune indeed. Co. Offaly
You can get the proper version of the tune in his tune collection:
The Kane Sisters
1st tune. Amazing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBoHbHnjEB0
Re: The Policeman’s Request
Oliver Deveney version here (towards the end of the program): http://www.rte.ie/rnag/ceol-binn-o-na-beanna/programmes/2015/0416/694661-ceol-binn—na-beanna-dardaoin-16-aibren-2015/
The Policeman’s Request, X:2
A bit closer to Paddy O’Brien’s version , I think.