Kilfenora slide

Also known as Bealacana, The Kilfenora, Single.

There are 5 recordings of this tune.

Kilfenora has been added to 2 tune sets.

Kilfenora has been added to 45 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Kilfenora
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:D|G2B B2D G2B B2D|G2B BAB cBc A2D|G3 BAG EDE c3|BAF DEF G3 G2:|
|:B|d2g g2f efe d2B|GBd dcB cBc A2B|d2g g2f efe d2B|GBd dcB cBA G2:|

Eight comments

Kilfenora Slide

Although referred to as a slide, when you listen to the playing of local musicians in the area such as Jerry Lynch of the old Kilfenora Band, the tune tends more towards a single jig. Anyway I think it’s a great tune with lots of melody and lift!

A super 48 bar single jig

I agree. This makes for a very good and usefull 48 bar single jig ideal for many of the 48 bar dances I get asked to play for where the usual 48 bar double jig would be not so successful. The phrasing is good and tells the dancer where he/she is. Thanks very much for your submission, I think this is going to go down well.

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😉 ~ You did it!!!

Good on you, your word is platinum… Nope, it isn’t one I was familiar with, though there are bits, and 48 bars too. Now I can stop my looking and listening. I kept stopping to transcribe things I was coming across. By they way, you said you had it on a recording by “The Kilfenora Ceili Band”, an early recording ~ which one? Is this the only name you have for it? So far I’ve not had any luck finding this… Thanks for making the effort, appeciated.

This bears a strong resemblance to ‘country dances’ I’ve known in the past, that feel is familiar. It sings as if it were at least originally paired up with a specific dance and figures which would have been in synch with the melody, parts and phrasing. If you’ve any more tales to add to the tune they would be much appreciated…

Discussion: Kilfenora Slide ABCs

# Posted on July 24th 2007 by Bannerman

Are the folks in Clare actually calling this a ‘slide’? There were figure dances (‘country dances’) danced all over Eire in the 17 & 1800s and up to the hell of World War II, and in some few places beyond the end of that. Someone there must have a little more context to add to this interesting 3-parter? 😏

24 measures? 😏

Another possibility is that it wasn’t played with repeats, in other words, that it may have had an earlier existence as 24 measures, or, instead of AABBCC, just ABC…and at one with a particular assemblage of dance figures?

Sorry for the “Slip” in the title - I mean’t “Single”

“The Kilfenora Single Jig” ~ other possibilities ~ G & A

X: 2
T: Kilfenora
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
R: slide
K: Gmaj
|: D |\
G2 B B^AB G2 B B2 D | G2 B BAG cBc E2 D |
G2 B BAG E^DE c2 A | BAF DFA G3 G2 :|
|: B |\
d2 g gfg ee/f/g d2 B | GB/c/d dcB cBc A2 B |
c2 a a2 g f/g/af d2 B | cAF DFA G3 G2 :|
|: B |\
A2 F DFB A2 F d2 B | AFF GG/F/E D3 E2 F |
GDG B2 G E^DE c2 A | B>AF DFA G3- G2 :|

X: 3
T: Kilfenora, The
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
R: slide
K: Amaj
|: EFG |
A2 c c^Bc A2 c c2 E | A2 c c^Bc dcd =B2 E |
A2 B cBA F^EF d2 B | cBA EFG A3 :|
|: Acd |
e2 a a2 g faf e2 c | Ace edc d2 c B2 c |
eaa aga f/g/af e2 c | A2 e edc dcB A3 :|
|: A2 c |
B2 G E2 c B2 G E2 c | BGG AGF E3- EFG |
AGA cBA F^EF d3 | cBG E2 B A3 :|