Bedford Cross slide

Also known as Apple Blossom, Denis Murphy’s, Dorin’s, The Lonesome Road, Mary O’Riordan’s, The Paper Plate, Teahan’s #2, Teahan’s No. 2, Terry Teahan’s #2, Terry Teahan’s No. 2.

There are 11 recordings of a tune by this name.

Bedford Cross has been added to 2 tune sets.

Bedford Cross has been added to 44 tunebooks.

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Nine settings

X: 1
T: Bedford Cross
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
e3 ede f2e d2f | edB d2B A2B d3 | e3 ede f2e d2f |
[1 edB d2B A3 ABd :|2 edB d2B A3 A2 ||
a | a2e ede f2e d2f | edB d2B A2B d2a | a2e ede f2e d2f |
[1 edB d2B A3 A2 :|2 edB d2B A3 ABd |]
X: 2
T: Bedford Cross
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: A3 AGA B2 A G2 B | AGE G2 E D2 E G2 B |
|: d2 A A^GA B2 A =G2 B | AGE G2 E D2 E G2 B |
X: 3
T: Bedford Cross
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: A3 AGA B2 A G2 B | AGE G2 E D2 E G3 |
|: d2 A AGA B2 A G2 B | AGE G2 E D2 E G3 |
X: 4
T: Bedford Cross
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: d3 d^cd e2 d =c2 e | dcA c2 A G2 A c2 e |
|: g2 d d^cd e2 d =c2 e | dcA c2 A G2 A c2 e |
X: 5
T: Bedford Cross
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: efe ede {a/}f2 e d2 {a/}f | edB d2 B A2 B d3 |
X: 6
T: Bedford Cross
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: A3 AGA B2 A G2 B | AGE G2 E D2 E G2 B |
ABA AGA B2 A G2 B | AGE G2 E D3 D3 :|
|: d2 A A^GA B2 A =G2 B | AGE G2 E D2 E G2 B |
d3 A^GA B2 A =G2 B | AGE G2 E D3 D3 :|
X: 7
T: Bedford Cross
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A3-AGA B2A G2B|AGE G2E D2E G2E|
A3-AGA B2A G2B|AGE G2E D3 D2B:|
d2A ABA B/c/BA G2B|AGE G2E D2E G2E|
d2A ABA B/c/BA G2B|AGE G2E D3 D3:|
X: 8
T: Bedford Cross
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
||: A3 AGA B2A G2B | AGE G2E D2E F2G |
| A3 A^GA B2A G2B | AGE G2E D3 D3 :|
|: d2c A2B =c2A G2e | d2c A2B =cBc e3 |
| d2c A2B =c2A G2B | AGE G2E D3 D3 :|
X: 9
T: Bedford Cross
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A3 AGA B2A G2B|AGE G2E D2E G2B
|A3 AGA B2A G2B|AGE G2E D3 D2z:|
|:d3 AGA B2A G2B|AGE G2E D2E G2B
|d3 AGA B2A G2B|AGE G2E D3 D2z:|

Thirty-two comments

Bedford Cross

This pleasant slide is from the playing of Tom Barrett from Bedford, Kerry. It’s from his CD, ‘Lios A ‘Cheoil, Traditional Irish Music’ (2002), where it says "This was a popular slide in the Bedford area just north of Listowel where Tom was reared in the 1920s and 30s."

“Terry Teahan’s” ~ also played in G & D

This is another one I can’t believe isn’t already here somewhere, but I couldn’t find it. Here is a transcription in D, and I’ll add a G one later ~

X: 1134
T: Terry Teahan’s (#2)
L: 1/8
M: 12/8
R: slide
K: D Major
|: A3 AGA B2 A G2 B | AGE G2 E D2 E G2 B |
ABA AGA B2 A G2 B | AGE G2 E D3 D3 :|
|: d2 A A^GA B2 A =G2 B | AGE G2 E D2 E G2 B |
d3 A^GA B2 A =G2 B | AGE G2 E D3 D3 :|

“Dorin’s Slide”

"An Pota Stóir: The Set Dance Music of West Kerry"
Feagal Mac Amhlaoibh, Inné
ISBN: 0-9522090-2-0

Page 41, #70: "Dorin’s Slide"

X: 1134
T: Dorin’s Slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
R: slide
K: D Major
|: A3 AGA B2 A G2 B | AGE G2 E D2 E G3 |
A3 AGA B2 A G2 B | AGE G2 E D3 D3 :|
|: d2 A AGA B2 A G2 B | AGE G2 E D2 E G3 |
d2 A AGA B2 A G2 B | AGE G2 E D3 D3 :|

“Terry Teahan’s” (# 2) ~ other sources in D

"Music of Ireland: The Big Session"
edited by David J. Taylor
Dave Mallinson Publications, 1995
ISBN: 1-899512-29-2

Page 30: "Terry Teahan’s Slide No. 2"

"110 Ireland’s Best Polkas & Slides"
edited by Pat Conway
Waltons Publishing, 1999
ISBN: 1-85720-086-1

Page 45, #105: "Terry Teahan’s" (2)

“Terry Teehan’s” / “Teehan’s / “Dennis Murphy’s” / “Murphy’s”

To avoid a ton of recordings being related to this tune I’ve kept from adding these two titles for it to the alternate title list…

“Denis Murphy’s Slide” as it is you Nigle I’d better cover my butt reference wise ;-)

"Johnny O’Leary of Sliabh Luachra:
Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border"
edited by Terry Moylan
Lilliput Press, Dublin, 1994
ISBN: 1-874675-42-2

Page 43, #74: "Dennis Murphy’s Slide" (again in D)

Nigel, not niggle ~ :-/

As happens with me, the transposition of letters…especially so when under the weather ~ still in the season of hay fever and asthma for me…"wheeze!" ;-)

It’s a nice one this. I’ve never come across it before. We don’t play enough slides in Sydney. This is one of those nice pentatonicy thingies.

Yes, lovely, but there are also variants that incorporate a c#… :-/

Shlides ~

This has been a funny week, punctuated by slides. We both love them, playing them and dancing to them, but get fed up with the tendency to gun them, to burn them up with speed to cover up a general lack of understanding and skill, that ‘appreciation’ to play them with lift and humour rather than like cranking a player piano roll with mad abandonment… That misunderstanding has spread like a plague and includes dancers… ~ IMIO… :-/

It’s ok, I’ll play it very quietly, in the privacy of my own home, and won’t inflict it on you, ‘c’.

You are not an affliction. Though I might have to wear sunglsses around you, there is such a powerful light given off. 8-) My ears would rejoice at any rendition you might like to squeeze out. Where there is skill there is pleasure, where there is not there is humour… ;-)

~ and, to be honest ~ irritation is another likelihood of the latter… However, I expect much from you master Dow…and I have not as yet been disappointed…

Clarification: something the two in this place of residence share, we’ve never really felt irritated with those who have no pretense, but long to learn and understand, the irritation has only been with those that think they can but can’t and forge ahead full steam, the delusional. I suppose we should feel pity, except there’s no room for that with the kind of egos we would consider irritants… And no Mark, you are not one of those, you are a different species of irritation, one for some demented reason we welcome and appreciate… :-/

~ and, dare I say it, ‘love’… I hope that makes you blush… 8-)

“Teahan’s No. 2” ~ etc… in G, as promised

X: 1134
T: Teahan’s No. 2
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
R: slide
K: G Major
|: e |
d3 dcd e2 d c2 e | dcA c2 A G2 A c2 e |
ded d2 d e2 d c2 e | dcA c2 A G3 G2 :|
|: e |
g2 g dcd e2 d c3 | dcA c2 A G2 A c2 e |
gfg d2 d e2 d c2 e | dcA c2 A G3 G2 :|

“Murphy’s” ~ the first of 3 slides

"Johnny O’Leary: Music for the Set" - track 5
https://thesession.org/recordings/display/663

And also known as Pádraig O’Keeffe’s too… Avoiding both those titles leaves the recording list relatively clear. There are a lot of "O’Keeffe’s" and "Murphy’s" tunes about which aren’t this particular slide…

Bedford Cross

I’ve deleted the "Murphy’s" title.

Whew! Thanks Nigel! I’m glad to see all those un-associated recordings now gone, though some few actual recordings of this went too… I can but hope there’s some cure in the future for that large weakness about this website and its databases…

“Teahan’s No. 2” ~ etc… in G, as promised ~ with \

X: 4
T: Teahan’s No. 2
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
R: slide
K: G Major
|: e |\
d3 dcd e2 d c2 e | dcA c2 A G2 A c2 e |
ded d2 d e2 d c2 e | dcA c2 A G3 G2 :|
|: e |\
g2 g dcd e2 d c3 | dcA c2 A G2 A c2 e |
gfg d2 d e2 d c2 e | dcA c2 A G3 G2 :|

“Teahan’s No. 2” ~ another look at that

X: 4
T: Teahan’s No. 2
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
R: slide
K: GMaj
|: d3 d^cd e2 d =c2 e | dcA c2 A G2 A c2 e |
ded d^cd e2 d =c2 e | dcA c2 A G3 G3 :|
|: g2 d d^cd e2 d =c2 e | dcA c2 A G2 A c2 e |
gfg d^cd e2 d =c2 e | dcA c2 A G3 G3 :|

“Ceol Rince na hÉireann II”, Breandán Breathnach

X: 6
T: Gan Ainm
B: "Ceol Rince na hÉireann II", Breandán Breathnach, "Poirt Singil, Slides", page 45, tune #85
N: Breathnach notated this one as 6/8 and A Dorian, I’ve changed the barring to 12/8
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
R: slide
K: AMaj
|: efe ede {a/}f2 e d2 {a/}f | edB d2 B A2 B d3 |
efe ede {a/}f2 e d2 {a/}f | edB d2 B A3 A3 :|
a2 e ede {a/}f2 e d2 {a/}f | edB d2 B A2 B d2 a |
a2 e ede {a/}f2 e d2 {a/}f | edB d2 B A3 A3 |
a2 e ede {a/}f2 e d2 {a/}f | edB d2 B A2 B d3 |
efe ede {a/}f2 e d2 {a/}f | edB d2 B A3 A3 |]

Bedford Cross, X:6

For some reason a bunch of the settings of this tune lost their ABC->dots function in a conversion some time in the past. This is what C’s X:2 should look like.

Re: Bedford Cross

Rather, they lost half of their ABC, not their dot conversion (whatever that would mean). I’m not writing very well today….

The Paper Plate

Played on the album "Old Time Irish Music in America" by Terry Teahan & Gene Kelly

Mary O’Riordans, X:7

This is a lovely slide from the Sliabh Luachra tradition. I got this version off of a student of the great fiddle master Patrick O’Keeffe, one Mary Lucey from Ballydesmond. She says it must have come from Patrick himself. While Denis the Weaver and Cuz Teahan, two other students of O’Keeffe, had it with a different second part, I think the version that was given to Mary has a lovely twist. I like to follow it with Patrick O’Keeffe’s Favorite (https://thesession.org/tunes/5862 ).

Apple Blossom

This tune is on Shannon Heaton’s ‘First 50’, which is a great collection of simple, but not hackneyed tunes - much more suitable to be the first tunes a player learns, instead of the standard "beginner" tunes, which are often times more complex than a beginner can process.

Anyway, this is a cute little slide, where the A and B parts are really only one note different. (Actually two, notes, but they’re the same note in the same phrase). It’s not a hard tune to learn, and it is a good illustration of how movement in a tune can change the feel. Even though the A and B parts are almost identical, the movement at the beginning of the B part gives it a pretty different feel than the A part - just from a one note difference.

Re: Bedford Cross

Not sure where Shannon got the name… I will ask her.