Many's a Wild Night

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MANY'S A WILD NIGHT. AKA and see "Pa Keane's." Irish, Polka. 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 is Johnny O'Leary's "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)."

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 [2]

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