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X:1 T:Scart Slide, The L:1/8 M:12/8 K:D | A2D FED F2A A(2)F | G2A F2G E2F G2B | A2D FED F2A d(2)f | efe B2c d3 dcB | |:def|a2f a2f a2f d2f|e2b b2a b3 baf| a2f a2f a2f d2f|efe B2c d3:|



= SCART SLIDE, THE. AKA - "The Scart." AKA and see "Dawley's Delight." Irish, Slide (12/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). The tune was popularized by the 1978 recording by Sliabh Luachra musician Denis Doody (1937-2007). The title references the village of Scartaglen, now graced by a statue of the peripatetic fiddle master Pádraig O'Keeffe (1887-1963). Doody was a nephew of another influential Sliabh Luachra fiddle player, Din Tarrant (1871-1957). However, the tune was earlier recorded, in 1949, by Bronx fiddler Andy McGann with another Sliabh Luachra fiddler, Denis Murphy, who was then also living in the Bronx. The title they used was "Dawley's Delight," which Peter Brown [1] believes may have derived from a man named Paty Daly (pronounced 'Dawley'), who liked to dance to Murphy's music.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : -Drew Beisswenter (Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry), 2016; p. 50 (as "Dawley's Delight"). David Taylor (Music of Ireland: A Mighty Tune!), 1995.

Recorded sources: -Mulligan LUN 019, Denis Doody - "Kerry Music" (1978). John Cronin and Daithí Kearney - "Midleton Rare" (2012).



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  1. Liner notes to RTE CD 183, Denis Murphy & Andy McGann - "Music from Sliabh Luachra" (1995, originally recorded 1949).