Denny Mescall’s slide

Also known as Denny Mescall’s, Denny Mescall’s, Denny Mescall’s Hat, Dinny Mescal’s, Dinny Miscal’s, Micko Doyle’s, Mind Yourself Of The Turkey Cock, Mind Yourself Of The Turkey Cock Or The Turkey Cock Will Bite You, Mind Yourself Of The Turkeycock, Mind Yourself Of The Turkeycock Or The Turkeycock Will Bite You, Patsy Mack, Sleamhnán Dhinní Uí Mheiscil.

There are 9 recordings of a tune by this name.

Denny Mescall’s has been added to 1 tune set.

Denny Mescall's has been added to 36 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Denny Mescall's
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:A|B2B BAB d2B G2A|B2d g2e d2B A2c|
B2B BAB d2B G2A|B2d cBA G3G2:|
|:d|~g3 gfe d2B c2d|eaa a2b a2g e2f|
~g3 gfe d2B c2d|e2d e2f ~g3 g2:|
X: 2
T: Denny Mescall's
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2A |: B2B BAB | d2B G2A | B>Bd g2e | d2B G2A | B2B BAB |
d2B G2A | B>BB AGA |1 G3 G2A :|2 G3 G2d ||
g2g g2e |d2B B2d | e2a a2g | a2g e2d |
g2g g2e | d2B B2d |e2e ede | g3 g2d |
g2g g2e | d2c c2d | e2a a2g |a2g e2d |
g2g g2e | d2B B2d | d2d edd | g3 g2 G |
# Added by polka .
X: 3
T: Denny Mescall's
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
c2c cBc | e2c A2B | c>ce a2f | e2c A2B |
c2c cBc | e2c A2B | c>cc BAB |1 A3 A2B :|2 A3 A2e ||
a2a a2f | e2c c2e | f2b b2a | b2a f2e |
a2a a2f | e2c c2e | f2f fef | a3 a2e |
a2a a2f | e2d d2e | f2b b2a | b2a f2e |
a2a a2f | e2c c2e | e2e fee | a3 a2B |
[c2e2][ce] [ce][Be][ce] | e2[ce] [A2e2][Be] | [ce]>[ce]e [A2a2][Af] | e2[ce] A2B |
[c2e2][ce] [ce][Be][ce] | e2[ce] A2B | [ce]>[ce][ce] [Be][Ae][Be] |1 A3 A2B :|2 A3 A2[Ae] ||
[A2a2][Aa] [A2a2][Af] | e2[Ac] [A2c2][Ae] | [B2f2][Bb] [B2b2][Aa] | [B2b2][Aa] [A2f2][Ae] |
[A2a2][Aa] [A2a2][Af] | [A2e2][ce] [c2e2]e | [A2f2][Af] [Af][Ae][Af] | [A3a3] [A2a2]e |
[A2a2][Aa] [A2a2][Af] | [A2e2][Dd] [D2d2][Ae] | [B2f2][Bb] [B2b2][Aa] | [B2b2][Aa] [A2f2][Ae] |
[Aa2][Aa] [Aa2][Af] | e2[ce] [c2e]e | e2e [Af]ee | [Aa3] [Aa2]B |
# Added by polka .
X: 4
T: Denny Mescall's
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:A|B2B BAB dBA G2D|GDG g2e dBG A2G|
B2B BAB dBA G2D|Bdd B2A G3G2:|
|:d|~g3 gfe dcB c2d|eaa a2b a2g e2f|
~g3 gfe dcB c2d|efg faf ~g3 g2:|
X: 5
T: Denny Mescall's
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:B2B BAB d2B G2D|GBd g2e d2B G2A|
B2B BAB d2B G2A|1 Bdd B2A G3 G2A:|2 Bdd B2A G3 GBd||
|:g3 gfe dcB c2d|eaa a2b a2g e2f|
g3 gfe dcB c2d|1 e/f/ge f/g/af g3 def:|2 e/f/ge f/g/af g3 g2d||

Thirteen comments

This is the third Kerry slide on track 10 of The Chieftains 5.

Transcribed from Martin (Junior) Crehan’s fiddle playing. see: http://homepage.eircom.net/~shields/fmsi/ceoltire/7a.htm

"I remember a dancing master; his name was Pat Barron. He came from West Limerick near the borders of Kerry, and I often heard them telling the story that he was eighteen years old and his father also was a dancing master, travelled the counties of Munster and Connaught and he came back an old man. "

[…]

"…And would you still play the tunes that you heard from him?"

—Yes, I do, yea. He had one tune he used to play for the jig. It was Mind yourself of the turkeycock or the turkeycock will bite you and he used to play it in a high key—two strings, so that the noise wouldn’t smother the music and it could be heard all over the house. It was played in the key of G. It was a kind of lower down and wouldn’t be heard so much, like."

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Key?

So does that mean he played it in a higher key like "A" using the A and E strings?

I love the title. I think I’ll just learn this one just so I can introduce it before the performance.

Merry-Hielander, I think he meant with double-stops. So like you said, Amaj would make sense for using the A and E string as drones. I tried it out and it sounds good, but seems a little old-timey to me. (or at least what I perceive to be old-timey).

T:Mind Yourself of the Turkeycock or the Turkeycock Will Bite You
M:6/8
L:1/8
R:Jig
K: A
c2c cBc | e2c A2B | c>ce a2f | e2c A2B |
c2c cBc | e2c A2B | c>cc BAB |1 A3 A2B :|2 A3 A2e ||
a2a a2f | e2c c2e | f2b b2a | b2a f2e |
a2a a2f | e2c c2e | f2f fef | a3 a2e |
a2a a2f | e2d d2e | f2b b2a | b2a f2e |
a2a a2f | e2c c2e | e2e fee | a3 a2B |

T:Mind Yourself of the Turkeycock or the Turkeycock Will Bite You (With Drones)
M:6/8
L:1/8
R:Jig
K: A
[c2e2][ce] [ce][Be][ce] | e2[ce] [A2e2][Be] | [ce]>[ce]e [A2a2][Af] | e2[ce] A2B |
[c2e2][ce] [ce][Be][ce] | e2[ce] A2B | [ce]>[ce][ce] [Be][Ae][Be] |1 A3 A2B :|2 A3 A2[Ae] ||
[A2a2][Aa] [A2a2][Af] | e2[Ac] [A2c2][Ae] | [B2f2][Bb] [B2b2][Aa] | [B2b2][Aa] [A2f2][Ae] |
[A2a2][Aa] [A2a2][Af] | [A2e2][ce] [c2e2]e | [A2f2][Af] [Af][Ae][Af] | [A3a3] [A2a2]e |
[A2a2][Aa] [A2a2][Af] | [A2e2][Dd] [D2d2][Ae] | [B2f2][Bb] [B2b2][Aa] | [B2b2][Aa] [A2f2][Ae] |
[Aa2][Aa] [Aa2][Af] | e2[ce] [c2e]e | e2e [Af]ee | [Aa3] [Aa2]B |

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that’s my own imagining of what he meant anyway. I’m curious what you think.

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Denny Mescall’s

This tune has been bugging me for hours as being so close to another that I know. I did a quick advanced search and here it is-
Denny Mescall’s slide
https://thesession.org/tunes/2606
The better tune I feel.

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Tunes stick in your head

Denny Mescall’s is to be found on Chieftain’s no.5 and has obviously fixated itself in my brain since the record first came out. I’ve played it again & again over the years. I typed in d2B c2d (being the second half of bar 2 in the ‘B’ music) ‘abracadabra’

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thanks hetty. they do seem to be variations of the same tune.

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I was thinking

That the tune is supposed o be in G but because of the noise it was moved up to A where most of the tune would be on the A and E strings. But the quote i shard to follow.