Annotation:Dan O'Keeffe's Slide (1)

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X:1 T:Danny Ab's (1) T:Dan O'Keeffe's Slide [1] D:"Kerry Fiddles", Padraig O'Keeffe, Denis Murphy & Julia Clifford D:"The Star Above The Garter", Denis Murphy & Julia Clifford B:Ceol Rince na hÉireann III, no. 45 R:slide M:12/8 L:1/8 Z:Transcribed by Paul de Grae K:G GA ||: B2 B {d}cBc d2 d d2 e | dBG dBG ABc AGA | B2 B {d}cBc {de}d2 B d2 g |1 fed cBA G3 {Bc}B2 A :||2 fed cBA G3 GBd || |: g2 d B2 g f2 d B c2 | ded c2 A ~d3 B2 d | g2 d B2 g f2 d B<cB | 1 ABc def {a}g3 {a }g2 f :|| 2 ABc def g3 g2 z ||

DAN O'KEEFFE'S SLIDE [1] (Sleamhnán Dhónaill Uí Chaoimh). AKA and see "Danny Ab's Slide (1)." Irish, Slide (12/8 time). Ireland, Sliabh Luachra region of the Cork-Kerry border. G Major (Breathnach, Cranitch, Mallinson): D Major (Moylan). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Cranitch, Mallinson, Moylan): AA'BB' (Breathnach). The tune was recorded Seamus Ennis in 1952, from the playing of Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford, who called it "Danny Ab's," their source for the tune(s). There is a suggestion the tune was named for piper Dan O'Keefe (1821-1899), an emigrant to the United States in 1847[1], but this seems rather unlikely. The tune was much more likely named for Dan O'Keeffe (AKA - "Danny Ab") of Tureen Cahill, near Lisheen, Sliabh Luachra, who lived near the house of Tom Billy Murphy and his children, fiddler Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford. O'Keeffe was a flute and tin whistle player and also lilted and whistled. He was taught to play by his mother, perhaps one of Tom Billy Murphy's students. Sliabh Luachra accordion player O'Leary identified Danny Ab (Dan O'Keeffe) as "a small little man that lived alone above, up the road from (fiddler) Denis Murphy" in the Sliabh Luachra region of County Kerry. Ab, who mended clothes for a living, was supposed to have obtained his stock of tunes (including many slides) from his mother (who was perhaps from Wales) and would 'diddle' them while he worked. Julia Murphy Clifford told how Danny Ab would visit her home when she was a child—-Ab would whistle while he was about the family house in Lisheen, and Julia, blessed with a good ear, would later play them on the fiddle [Donal Hickey, 1999]. Alan Ward, in his booklet "Music from Sliabh Luachra," quotes Julia Clifford:

Myself and Denis were very young, you know, mad for music. One Sunday afternoon we were sitting indoors and up through our old-fashioned yard through the fields came Danny Ab. And he came in... my father knew'm anyway. He loved tea—he was mad for tea. So he started whistling these slides y'know. So we made tea for'm anyway and the more he was whistling the slides the more we were making tea. And the two of us sat there and learned the two slides while he was drinking the tea.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - fiddlers Julia Clifford & Denis Murphy (west Kerry, Ireland) [Breathnach]; Connie O'Connell (County Cork) [Beisswenger].

Printed sources : - Drew Beisswenger with Connie O'Connell (Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry), 2012; p. 97. Breathnach (Ceol Rince na hEireann vol. III), 1985; No. 45, p. 21. Cranitch (Irish Fiddle Book), 1996; No. 25, p. 134 (appears as "Danny Ab's Slide"). Cranitch (Irish Session Tunes: Red Book), 2000; 25. Mallinson (100 Enduring), 1995; No. 62, p. 27 (appears as "Dan O'Keeffe's No. 2). Miller & Perron (Irish Traditional Fiddle Music vol. 1), 1977; No. 26 (appears as untitled slip jig). Miller & Perron (Irish Traditional Fiddle Music), 2nd Edition, 2006; p. 45. Moylan (Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra), 1994; No. 176, p. 101. Vallely (Learn to Play the Tin Whistle with the Armagh Pipers Club), vol. 1, No. 18(a).

Recorded sources : - Claddagh Records CC5, Denis Murphy & Julia Clifford - "The Star above the Garter." Topic 12T309, Padraig O'Keeffe, Denis Murphy & Julia Clifford - "Kerry Fiddles: Music of Sliabh Luachra, vol 1" (1977).

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  1. O'Keeffe is profiled in Francis O'Neill's Irish Minstrels and Musicians (1910, p. 349).