Bunratty Boys slide

Also known as Bainis Cnoc Na gClárach, The Bunratty Boys, Knocknagree, Nelly Mahoney’s, Nelly Mahony’s, Tom Carroll’s.

There are 20 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

Bunratty Boys appears in 3 other tune collections.

Bunratty Boys has been added to 4 tune sets.

Bunratty Boys has been added to 39 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Bunratty Boys
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:e2e efe dcd a2f|ede f2e d2c B2A|
e2e efe dcd a2f|1 ede f2e d3 dcd:|2 ede f2e d3 dcB||
|:A2a f2a A2a f2a|ede f2e d2c B2A|
A2a f2a A2a f2a|1 ede f2e d3 dcB:|2 ede f2e ddd d3||
X: 2
T: Bunratty Boys
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
e3 efe d2f a2f|e2e efe d2A B2A|
Bee efe d2f a2f|1 efe gfe d3 d3:|2 efe gfe d3 dcB||
Aaa faa Aaa faf|efe gfe d2A B2A|
Aaa faa Aaa faf|1 efe gfe d3 dcB:|2 efe gfe d3 d3||
X: 3
T: Bunratty Boys
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
a2g|:e2e efe d2d e2d|c2A B2A a3 a2g|
e2e efe d2d e2d|c2A B2c [1 A3 a2g:|2 A3 A2d||
|:e2a a2g e2d c2d|e2a a2g efe d2f|
e2a aba g2g gfe|d2d def [1 g2a f2g:|2 g3||
X: 4
T: Bunratty Boys
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:d2 f|e3 efe d2 f a2 f|e3 efe d2 B B2 A|
e3 efe d2 f a2 f|ede f2 e d3:|
|:dcB|A2 a f2 a A2 a f2 a|e3 efe d2 B B2 d|
A2 a f2 a A2 a f2 a|e3 efe d3:|

Thirteen comments


I think the name could be Bunratty.

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You’re right.Typo.


This is probably a bagpipe tune and scottish. But you don’t see many scottish slides do you? (you might though). It may of origanally been a jig then changed into a slide? oh well never mind it’s a great tune anyway no matter what type it is!!


The Oslo-based band Tara recorded this one, with another slide “familiar” to this, on their cassette(!) back in the day. I will ask the remaining members of the band about where they got this one from.



Oh, forgot to mention, I seem to recall that they call the two together Cnoc na Clarach (pardon my spelling…..)


Cnoc na gClarac

heres a slide i know as Cnoc na gClarac

a2g|:e2e efe|d2d e2d|c2A B2A|a3 a2g|
e2e efe|d2d e2d|c2A B2c|1 A3 a2g:|2 A3 A2d||
|:e2a a2g|e2d c2d|e2a a2g|efe d2f|
e2a aba|g2g gfe|d2d def|1 g2a f2g:|2 g3||

“Cnoc na gClarac” / “Tom Carroll’s”

The second name for this tune is again from Dan Herlihy’s creative license to rename an old boot, but as such is non-standard…

The following is another transcript courtesy of Ptarmigan, taken from the playing of Dan Herlihy And John Drew on their recording “The Ballydesmond Polka”:

M: 12/8
L: 1/8
R: slide
K: Dmaj
|: d2 f |
e3 efe d2 f a2 f | e3 efe d2 B B2 A |
e3 efe d2 f a2 f | ede f2 e d3 :|
|: dcB |
A2 a f2 a A2 a f2 a | e3 efe d2 B B2 d |
A2 a f2 a A2 a f2 a | e3 efe d3 :|

NOTE: The only editing I’ve done is to change Ptarmigan’s 1st and 2nd endings into lead-in notes ~

|: d2 f | ~ & |: dcB | ~ instead of:

~ |1 ede f2 e d3 d2 f :| & |2 ede f2 e d3 dcB ||
~ & ~
~ |1 e3 efe d3 dcB :| & |2 e3 efe d3 d2 f ||

& ~ Submitted on July 23rd 2006 by Ptarmigan.

Nelly Mahony’s

This is definitely an Irish tune. It comes from the Sliabh Luachra area.
The summer of 2006 I was at the Catskills Irish Arts Week and the then owner of the Fern Cliff, Con had his father visiting from Ireland. We were chatting about music and he lilted a slide for me (in his own special way). He said his aunt wrote it. I asked what her name was and he said Nelly Mahony. I had remembered hearing the tune on a Tabache CD and later when I looked it up I was surprised to find it named Nelly Mahony’s.

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Re: Nelly Mahony’s

I know this one as the bunratty boys