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KAISER, THE (An Kaiser). AKA and see "Denis Murphy's," "Going to the Well for Water (1)." Irish, Slide (12/8 time). Ireland, West Kerry. D Major (Breathnach, Moylan): G Major (Mac Amhlaoibh & Durham). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Mac Amhlaoibh & Durham, Moylan): AA'BB (Breathnach). The tune was named for Thomas Murphy of Glountane, County Kerry, who was locally known as "The Kaiser" [1], an entrepreneur who sponsored raffles and house dances and who paid his musicians with free porter and sometimes a fowl; everyone else was charged admission and drink at sixpence a mug. "The Kaiser" (who also went by the name "Noel C. Duggan of Glountane for 'business' purposes) was fiddler Pádraig O'Keeffe's closest neighbor.

Source for notated version: accordion player Denis Doody (Co. Kerry, Ireland) [Breathnach]; accordion player Johnny O'Leary (Sliabh Luachra region of the Cork-Kerry border) [Moylan].

Printed sources: Breathnach (CRÉ III), 1985; No. 54, p. 24. Mac Amhlaoibh & Durham (An Pota Stóir: Ceol Seite Corca Duibne/The Set Dance Music of West Kerry), No. 58, p. 37 (appears as "Gan Ainm" {untitled}). Moylan (Johnny O'Leary), 1994; No. 134, p. 78.

Recorded sources: Mulligan Records LUN 019, Denis Doody - "Denis Doody Kerry Music" (1978). Topic 12T311, John & Julia Clifford - "Humours of Lisheen" (appears untitled). Topic 12T358, "Jackie Daly" (appears as "Going to the Well for Water").

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [2]




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