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MANY'S A WILD NIGHT. AKA and see "Maggie Scollard's Polka," "Pa Keane's." Irish, Polka (2/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABCD. The tune comes from the itinerant fiddler and schoolmaster from Sliabh Luachra (the Cork/Kerry border region), Pádraig O'Keeffe [1] (1887-1963). A four-part version of the tune was plated by Sliabh Luachra accordion player Johnny O'Leary" as "Pa Keane's."

Pádraig O'Keeffe

The tune is the 5th figure of Frank Roche's quadrille "Off to Skelligs--5th Figure", and as the 2nd part of his long dance "Waves of Torey (The)."


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Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Roche (Collection of Traditional Irish Music, vol. 2), 1912; No. 296, p. 41 (appears as 5th figure of quadrille "Off to Skelligs"). Roche (Collection of Traditional Irish Music, vol. 3), 1927; No. 136, p. 42 (as 2nd part of "The Waves of Torey").

Recorded sources: Gael Linn CEF 176, Jackie Daly - "Many's a Wild Night" (1995. According to Paul de Grae, Daly had the tune from a collection of tunes written out by Padraig O'Keeffe for his fiddle pupil Paddy O'Connell, of Cordal, County Kerry). Ossian OSSCD 114, Sliabh Notes - "Gleanntán" (1999).

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




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