Kings Of Kerry slide

Also known as The Kings Of Kerry, Mike Scott’s.

There are 11 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Liz Kelly’s (a few times).

Kings Of Kerry has been added to 6 tune sets.

Kings Of Kerry has been added to 82 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Kings Of Kerry
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: A | B2 B BAG E2 G D2 G | E2 G D2 B A3 AGA |
B2 B BAG E2 G D3 | dBG ABA G3 G2 :|
|: d | g2 g ged e2 g d3 | B2 B BAG A3 ABd |
g2 g ged e2 g d3 |B2 G ABA G3 G2 d :|
X: 2
T: Kings Of Kerry
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
c3 cBA F2 A E2 c | ecA BcB A3 A2 ||
B3 BAG E2 G D2 B | dBG A>BA G3 G2 ||
X: 3
T: Kings Of Kerry
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
c3 cBA F2A E2A | F2A E2c B3 BAB | c3 cBA F2A E3 |1 e2c BcB A3 A2B :||2 e2c BcB A3 Ace ||
a3 afe f3 e3 | c3 cBA B3 Bce | a3 afe f3 e3 | cdc BcB A3 Ace |
a3 afe f3 e3 | c3 cBA B3 BAB | c3 cBA F2A E3 |1 e2c BcB A3 A2B |2 e2c BcB Ace a ||

Twenty-four comments

Gan Ainm Slide

One of the kid’s got this nice simple wee tune at the Willie Clancy last week. Being wary of Dow!!!, I’ve searched ABC’s and googled galore but can’t seem to come up with it. Probably well known, perhaps in different key or variation on melody. Any ideas?

Sounds like a slide I have heard with the remarkable title "The Hair Fell off my Coconut". I don’t play it myself and I don’t see it listed here, at least not under that title.

“The Kings of Kerry” ~ played in G & A

“An Pota Stóir: The Set Dance Music of West Kerry”
K: G Major ~ page 45, tune #80
Compiled and edited by Feargal MacAmhlaoibh
Trá Lí, Co. Chiarraí / Kerry
ISBN: 0-9522090-2-0

"Matt Cunningham’s Dance Music of Ireland"
K: G & A Major ~ page 20
Dave Mallinson Publications, 1999
ISBN: 1-899512-45-4
http://www.mally.com/

Note: In the above two collections the titles given are without ‘The’, merely "Kings of Kerry"…

Nice contribution, this is a lovely, sweet slide. I’ll post a version in A later…

Isn’t there a slide called "Kings of Kerry" written by what’s-his-name from "The Waterboys"? Is this it? Just to be sure we acknowledge authorship.

I’ll ask him. Hopefully I’ll hear back. I’ll chase it up anyway as if it is it should be credited and he should be asked. If he’s a different tune by this name I’ll ask if we can post that, with full credits. It seems strange, the shared title, but the term has been applied to several musicians from Kerry. I think the first source listed predates their album "Room to Roam", 1990, which has the tune by that name on it. Unfortunately I haven’t the album. Wish me luck… I won’t post the ‘A’ version until I know for sure. The sources I have for the tune do not credit it to anyone… Also, but maybe that’s just the sign of a good composition, that it ‘fits’ naturally, I’m sure I’ve known this melody for sometime myself, or something very much like this… It comes naturally…sweet and simple…

Mike Scott ~

"THE KINGS OF KERRY ~
A jig written by myself, Sharon and Steve backstage at a rock festival and named in tribute to Cooney and Begley, veritably the "Kings" of Kerry (and Irish) music."

“Kings of Kerry” ~ Mike Scott, Sharon Shannon & Steve Wickham

I got the ‘answer’, two-fold, I had it with two names in the first collection above, where it also has the title "Mike Scott’s Slide", and I just heard back from them as well with the OK that it is on site here. The credit is as given and as described, three fold… I love it, smiling a wide grin, it is such a sweet and open tune and just feels right. Now I have ‘approval’ I’ll return with the other key…

http://www.mikescottwaterboys.com/

http://www.mikescottwaterboys.com/mikescottwaterboys/Spiddal/spiddal2.htm

"Room to Roam" - The Waterboys
~ the last, #18, unlisted track on the album…
Chrysalis / Capital, 1990

"THE KINGS OF KERRY ~
A jig written by myself, Sharon and Steve backstage at a rock festival and named in tribute to Cooney and Begley, veritably the "Kings" of Kerry (and Irish) music. To my delight Colin played backwards mandolin on this. He worked out the musical notation of the tune, then wrote it the wrong way round and played along with the tape of the recording turned backwards. When we turned the tape round the right way again there it was - a psychedelic backwards jig.
The "lilters" on the track are myself, Steve and Sharon. Colin plays the "cock crowing" sound effects on a gadget he had."

It’s the website doing it… I’ll write Jeremy… Now it’s not just my fingers that are cross, but at least now I know I’m innocent…

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
‘c’, please tell me you realise why!

Jeremy, it’s really stupid when that happens. I wish you’d trust us a bit more :-(

twit’S THAT? SPEAK UP I CAN’T HEAR YUH…

So, I should write it out as "mikescottw*terboys"?

LOL I’ve got a sort of funny story about that. Well maybe Jeremy won’t find it funny, but anyway, my mum’s a little bit naive when it comes to swearwords, and I think my mum and dad were out one night at some do, and my mum went "oh yeah that man’s such a tw*t", and my mum gets all embarrassed even at what by today’s standards are quite innocent-sounding words. My dad couldn’t believe what he’d heard and was at once shocked and amused. I think he later explained to my mum that tw*t wasn’t just a hybrid cross between twit and prat :-)

“The Kings of Kerry” ~ having a few ways with it, and keys…

M: 12/8
L: 1/8
R: slide
K: G Major
|: A |
BdB B2 G EFG D2 G | E2 G DGB A3 ABc |
B3 BAG E2 G D2 c | dBG A>BA G2 F G2 :|
|: f |
gba ged e2 g d2 g | BdB BAG AcB A2 d |
g3 g2 d efg d2 c | B2 G A>BA G3 G2 :|

K: A Major
|: B |
cec c2 A FGA E2 A | F2 A EAc B2 ^A Bcd |
cc/c/c cBA F2 A EAc | ecA BcB A3 A2 :|
|: g |
aba afe f2 a e2 A | cAe cBA B2 e f2 g |
a2 a afe f2 a e3 | c2 A BAG A3 A2 :|

Kings of Kerry

Eh!!, I’m kinda confused. Is this an old tune listed in the tune books above or a Mike Scott composition? Anyway whatever, it kinda sticks in the head easily enough, best with cuts to separate the b’s and g’s etc.

“Kings of Kerry” divided by 3

They all three pulled this one out of the hat, and good on ‘em. It has always felt old and familiar to me, but probably also because it shares elements with other tunes in the chain of things. The story is above as are the two names it has been known by ~ "Kings" & "Mike Scott’s"… But as I’ve been informed from the source, and directed ~ three people were involved in the process of weaving this tune:

Mike Scott, Sharon Shannon & Steve Wickham

“The Kings of Kerry” ~ a la Séamus Begley

The following is a basic transcription from the "Meiteal" album. Track 2, slides, is speeded up a full step up from the norm, the tune registering as being in B Major (#####). I’ve dropped it back down to A Major (###), followed by a transcript in G Major (#):

K: A Major
|: B |
c3 cBA F2 A E2 A | F2 A E2 c B3 BAB |
c3 cBA F2 A E2 c | ecA BcB A3 A2 :|
| e |
a3- a2 e f>af e2 B | c2 c cBA B3 Bce |
a3- a2 e faf e2 c | ecA BcB A3 A2 e |
a3- a2 e f>af e2 B | c2 c cBA B3 BAB |
c3 cBA F2 A E2 c | ecA BcB A3 A2 ||

Part A, Bar 2, Beat 1 ~ his occassional ‘SKIP!’:
| F A2 E2 c B3 BAB |

~ & the same in an alternate key ~

K: G Major
|: A |
B3 BAG E2 G D2 G | E2 G D2 B A3 ABA |
B3 BAG E2 G D2 B | dBG A>BA G3 G2 :|
| d |
g3- g2 d e>ge d2 A | B2 B BAG A3 A2 d |
g3 g2 d ege d2 B | dBG ABA G3 G2 d |
g3- g2 d e>ge d2 A | B2 B BAG A3 AGA |
B3 BAG E2 G D2 B | dBG A>BA G3 G2 ||

Part A, Bar 2, Beat 1 ~ his occassional ‘SKIP!’:
| E G2 ~ ~ ~ |

Tune in A major

could someone post the notation to this online in this key or could you post a link to a decent abc to notes converter

thanks

Andy