Murphy’s Hound reel

Also known as Cus Teahan’s, The Missing Guest, Murphy’s Greyhound, O’Reilly’s Greyhound, Rolling Rocks Of Glan, The Stone In The Field, The Strokestown, Tory Island.

There are 37 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

Murphy’s Hound appears in 2 other tune collections.

Murphy’s Hound has been added to 8 tune sets.

Murphy's Hound has been added to 97 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Murphy's Hound
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
edBA ~G3A|(3Bcd ef g2fg|edBA GFGA|Bded BA ~A2|
edBA ~G3A|(3Bcd ef ~g3a|bgaf gfed|egdB BA ~A2||
ea ~a2 bgag|eaaf g2fg|ea ~a2 bgag|egdB BA ~A2|
ea ~a2 bgag|egfa ~g3a|bgaf gfed|(3Bcd ef g2fg||
# Added by jdave .
X: 2
T: Murphy's Hound
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
BAFE D2DE|FABc d3e|fdec dcBA|BdAF FEE2||
Be~e2 fded|Beed BdAd|de~e2 fded|BdAF DEFA|
Be~e2 fded|Beec d3e|fddf edBA|FABc d2ed||
X: 3
T: Murphy's Hound
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
g|:edBA G3A|(3Bcd ef gbag|edBA G2 GA|1 (3Bcd ed BAAg:|2 (3Bcd ed BAA2||
ea ~a2 bgag|eaaf gedf|ea ~a2 bgag|egdB BA (3Bcd|
ea ~a2 bgag|eaaf ~g3a|bgaf gfed|(3Bcd ef gbag||
# Added by BenH .
X: 4
T: Murphy's Hound
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
edBA G3A|Bdef g2~g2|edBA GFGA|egdB BA~A2|
edBA DEGA|Bdef g2fg|edBA G2 B/c/d|egdB BAAd||
ea~a2 b2ag|eaaf gedg|ea~a2 bgab|gedB BAAd|
ea~a2 b2ag|eaaf g3a|b2gf gfed|^cdef g2fg||
X: 5
T: Murphy's Hound
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
Ad (3ddd eddc|AddB c2 Bc|Ad (3ddd eddB|cAGE D2 EG|
Ad (3ddd eddc|AddB c2 Bc|ecdB cBAG|EGAB c2 Bc||
# Added by Th30T .

Fifteen comments

Murphy’s Hound

I learned this great tune from Paul McGrattan’s excellent Keelwest album. He plays it in between The Dispute at the Crossroads and The Satin Slipper.

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O’Reilly and Murphy

Francis O‘Neill got this from Jeremiah O’Reilly, hence the title “O’Reilly’s Greyhound.” Breandan Breathnach published it as “Murphy’s Greyhound.”

I’ve just found this tune is on a couple of recordings I received from Claddagh Records this morning. It’s got different titles.

“Tory Island” on Brian Rooney “From Leitrim to London.”
“The Stone in the Field” on Mary MacNamara “The Blackberry Blossom.” (probably misnamed)

It’s also in O’Neill’s as “The Missing Guest”. Fantastic tune.


What’s with the tittle “Kjm mjjjkh”? I thought for sure, as strange a name as that is, that there would be something in the comments section explaining it, but alas…

Anyone know???

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The Low Version

In C yes, but more the ‘lo’ version because we played it BAFE D3 E FABC d… in the video. We played the other, high, one too, if the mood took us.

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Setting #2

is the version in D from the clip of Kitty Hayes and Peter Laban posted above.
Apart from being lower, there are some nice differences in the B part.