This is one of Josephine Keegan’s tunes.
I requested a tune and all I knew was it was by Josephine keegan - this is the one I meant. Its really a gorgeous tune! Thanks for posting it!
You may be intersted to know that Josephine brought out a book of her tunes last year, accompanied by a 2-CD recording featuring herself (of course, no show without Punch!) and many of the musicians she now plays with regularly in Mullaghbawn and Camlough and the like.
I’ve posted links to disc one here https://thesession.org/recordings/display.php/532
and to disc two here https://thesession.org/recordings/display.php/533
I’ll rifle through the book and see which name Josephine herself gives to this tune.
Gates of Mullagh
I first heard this wonderful tune on a cassette tape of a gig by fiddler Brid Harper. She called it "Gates of Mullagh" and attibuted authorship to Josephine Keegan.
Josephine Keegan tune
Apparently this tune is not the "Gates of Mullagh." I saw an online ad for Josephine Keegan’s book "The Keegan Tunes" and included on the site were transcriptions of three tunes from the book, one of which was Gates of Mullagh.
The correct title is …
Ronnie Cooper … 3rd tune in 2002’s Ceol Camloch publication "The Keegan Tunes".
She is a real talent for tunes, her stuff is inspiring!
I’ve posted another of Josephine’s tunes recently Glassdrummond - a march, https://thesession.org/tunes/1422
Just wondering …
How can we get the "other name" Gates of Mullagh struck from the record for this tune, since the "real" Gates of Mullagh has now been posted?
The person who submits a tune can edit the details at any time.
However, this tune is referred to (albeit erronously) as The Gates Of Mullagh on at least one recording so I think the alias should stay. Someone who has heard that recording and is looking for this tune might well search for "The Gates Of Mullagh" and it would be a good thing if the search brought back first The (real) Gates Of Mullagh and secondly this tune (with the title Josephine Keegan’s in parenthises).
Try searching for The Gates Of Mullagh and you’ll see what I mean.
Josephine Keegan tune
I’ve just received a copy of Josephine Keegan’s tunebook and this tune is listed under the title of "Ronnie Cooper."
Another tune with the name josephine keegan’s
I found another tune with the name "josephine Keegan’s "
T: Josephine Keegan’s
S: "Barking Mad" - 4 Men and a Dog
E | DGBG dGBG | cBcd efga | bg (3gfg agef |\
gedB AGEG |
DGBG dGBG | cBcd efga | bg (3gfg ageg | dBAB G3 :|
g/a/ | bg (3gfg agef | gedB AGEG |\
DB, (3B,A,B, DEGA | Bdgb ageg |
bg (3gfg agef | gedB AGEG | DB, (3B,A,B, DEGA |\
dBAB G3 :|
Ronnie cooper’s as played by sylvain barou
here we are, version as played by sylvain barou on workshop in dranouter (B) dec. 2004:
T: ronnie cooper’s
|:dDDG FDFA|gfed B/c/d ed|BEEE gfed|cdec AGFE|
D2FA B3d|g2ed B/c/d eg|fggf gfed||1 ceag fdd2:|2 ceag fdfg||
|:afdf a3b|gece g3e|fdAd fgaf|eAce a3g|
fdec dAFA|BG3 EGFE|FDFA GBed|1 cAGE EDfg:|2 cAGE EDD2||
S:Out Of The Blue by Alan Kelly
|dDDG FDFA|gfed B/c/d ed|BEEf gfed|cdec Agfe|
dDFA B>BBf|gfed Bcde|fAdf gfed|1ceag fddc:|2ceag fdda||:
afdf adba|gece g>gge|fdAd fgaf|eAB/c/d afge|
eddc dAFA|BGGG EFGE|FDFA Gfed|1cAGE EDDf:|2cAGE EDDc|
“Ronnie Cooper” ~ Josephine Keegan’s own name for it, an other transcript
Key signature: D Major
Submitted on December 25th 2005 by gian marco.
“Ronnie Cooper” ~ by Josephine Keegan
The following is a transcript of hers, not hugely different from the one given here, minus the bowings and showing the few differences for comparison with the various transcriptions here:
K: D Major
|: dD (3DDD ADFA | gfed cded | BE (3EEE gfed | cdec Agfe |
dDFA BcdB | gfed cdeg | fgaf gfed | ceag fd d2 :|
|: afdf afba | gece gfga | fdAd fgaf | gece abga |
(3fgf ef dAFA | BG (3GFG EFGE | FA (3ABA GEed | cAGE FD D2 :|
“Ronnie Cooper” ~ by Josephine Keegan ~ Comhaltas
"Josephine Keegan has composed a powerful reel , named Ronnie Cooper, in honor of the great man. It is currently being profiled as tune of the week over in the comhaltas site, complete with video of musicians playing it, plus the notation."
# Posted on May 21st 2007 by tommy fegan
Thanks for the heads up Tommy ~
Two reels composed by Josephine Keegan played by Clare musicians Michael O’Rourke, All-Ireland senor fiddle champion in 2004, and button accordionist Larry Gavin. Piano accompaniment is by Deirdre McSherry from Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. The tunes are “The Gates of Mullagh” and “Ronnie Cooper’s””, which is this week’s tutorial.
tutorial / sheetmusic:
Re: Josephine Keegan’s
There’s a wonderful tune she wrote called Aughacashel. I am no good at abc but perhaps someone could post it.
Re: Josephine Keegan’s
Already here , Sean. We had great fun with identifying that one - please read the "comments" :
Re: Ronnie Cooper
Performed live by Keegan: https://www.itma.ie/digital-library/sound/ronnie-cooper-keegan