Johnny O'Shea

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JOHNNY O'SHEA (Seanin Ua Seagda). Irish, Slip Jig. E Minor: G Dorian (O'Neill). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Levey (1873) gives the direction that the tune should be played "Piperly," leading to the speculation that this piece was a staple of the uilleann piper's repertoire and/or that Johnny O'Shea was a famous piper. This appears confirmed by its appearance in O'Farrell's volume Collection of National Music for the Union Pipes (1804), where it is identical to O'Neill's printing, save that O'Farrell (mistakenly) prints it the key of one flat. O'Farrell's setting was entered into the mid-19th century music manuscript copybook of County Cork uilleann piper and Church of Ireland cleric James Goodman [1].

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Levey (Dance Music of Ireland, 2nd Collection), 1873; No. 59, p. 26. O'Farrell (National Irish Music for the Union Pipes), 1804; p. 35 (appears as "Shauneen o Shea or Johnny O Shea"). O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 87. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1173, p. 221.

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