The Scartaglen slide

Also known as Denis Murphy’s, The Scart, Scarta Glen, The Scartaglen Jig.

There are 12 recordings of this tune.

The Scartaglen appears in 2 other tune collections.

The Scartaglen has been added to 8 tune sets.

The Scartaglen has been added to 104 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Scartaglen
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A2 a aga A2 g gfg|A2 a aga efg efg|
A2 a aga A2 g gfe|f/g/af gfe d3 d3|
A2 a aga A2 g gfg|A2 a aga efg efg|
agf gfe fed edc|BAB gfe d3 d3||
|:c2 A cee dff cee|c2 A cee dcd fed|
cAA cec dfd cec|BAB gfe d3 d3:|
X: 2
T: The Scartaglen
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
G2g g^fg F2f fef|G2g g^fg def AGF|
G2g g^fg F2f fef|e/f/ge fed c3 c2A
G2g g^fg F2f fef|gag gfe def AGF|
gfe fed edc dcB|AGA fed c3 c2A|
|:~B3 BdB AcA GBG|FAF cec GBd fed|
c3 BdB AcA GBG|FAF cec fed c2A:|
X: 3
T: The Scartaglen
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A2 a aga A2 g gfg|A2 a aga efg edB|
A2 a aga A2 g gfg|f/g/af gfe d3 dcB|
A2 a aga A2 g gfg|A2 a aga efg efg|
a2f g2e fed edc|B2f gfe d3 dcB||
|:cBA cee dfd cee|cBA cee [d2f2]f fed|
cBA cee dfd cec|B2f gfe d3 dcB:|

Nine comments

This is the second of a set of two slides under the same name on Denis Murphy & Julia Clifford’s “Star Above the Garter” recording. The transcription is from the playing of Johnny O’Leary.
The first slide in the set was called Padraic O’Keefe’s by Johnny O’Leary, and I think Tommy Peoples plays it as a jig called “The Bank of Turf” on his Iron Man album. I don’t think it is posted yet, and if not, I will put it up also.


On my copy of the Iron Man there is no jig called the Bank of Turf, but the final tune on the recording is a lovely reel also called Scarta Glen. It starts something like DFEF D2dB | cA(B)AG EFGE .


Bank of Turf

The Bank of Turf as a jig is posted here on the session as tune 1819. The slide form of the tune, as played in Slieve Luachra before the Scartaglen slide, can be found in Terry Moylan’s book on Johnny O’Leary as tune 38 under the name of Padraig O’Keefe’s slide (1).
Hi Matt- yes, the Scartaglen reel is another Slieve Luachra classic, and is always played after a tune which is called Banks of the Ilen in O’Neill’s.

The other Scartaglen slide

enirehtac, what is your source for the tune you posted?


2 completely different tunes, sharing the same name. Don’t know why the 2nd one’s been added here, as it deserves a place of its’ own. I know it from somewhere, but can’t remember where.

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the second slide in G is in Matt Crannitch fiddle tutor..

The Scartaglen, X:2

This setting is based on Track 5 of the 1998 c.d. by Ruth Dornfeld, Joel Bernstein and Keith Murphy. They call it a jig. I love the way that the harmonica bends notes and chugs away at the melody til the fiddle bursts in and restores some decorum. Nice change into ‘Out on the Ocean’ too. Couldn’t recall how to re-“naturalise” notes (in ABC) after accidental f#‘s in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd bars but hope that recognising it’s the key of C major will save me from the ABC polizie. Some excellent playing on this c.d., though very little Irish stuff.

The Scartaglen, X:3

The Scartaglen Jig from transcribed from the Star Above the Garter album. This is transcribed from the second playthrough, the first few bars of the first playthrough are a bit different…

I would wonder why is listed as a slide - accents seem to be on the 3rd triplet of every four rather than the 4th like in many slides. Also a big clue for me being the name containing the word ‘Jig’ - but perhaps it has morphed to more of a slide in recent times?

Re: The Scartaglen

On the Gael Linn album “An Fhidil, Vol. 2” Paddy Glackin plays this tune after “Langstern’s Pony” (his spelling) and he calls it Denis Murphy’s Jig.