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Tune ID#488 (Denis Murphy's)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Denis Murphy's about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording TnRadio (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Slide32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Denis Murphy's / Denis Murphy's Slide / Dennis Murphy's Slide / Denis Murphy's Slide No. 1 / The Dark Girl in Blue / Dark Girl in Blue / The Dark Girl Dressed in Blue / The Girl in the Dress / Padraic O'Keefe's Slide / Pádraig O'Keeffe's Slide / Julia Clifford's Slide / The Gleanntan Slide / The Gleannán / Chris Kieran's Jig / Napoleon Crossing the Alps (2nd in set Pádraig O'Keeffe's Slides in book IFMCK) (also as strathspey on JOS 2)

cd Discography

Here are all recordings of this tune considering only the indexed recordings. I have discovered by careful listening that these sources are in fact musically the same tune, regardless of the tune titles they use, key changes, retuning, etc.

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Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title. Performers (instruments). Go to album
194919#1
[TnRadio] Tuning the Radio. Paddy Cronin (fiddle).
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197112#1
[DC1] The Drones and the Chanters. Irish Pipering. Paddy Moloney.
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~197312#3
[Ch 3] The Chieftains. 3. Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Seán Potts (whistle), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Seán Keane (fiddle), Peadar Mercier (bodhrán, bones).
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~19784#2
[SE 5] Seamus Ennis. The Fox Chase. Seamus Ennis (pipes). For this tune: (C# pipes).
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199520#3
[JOL 3] Johnny O'Leary. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. Johnny O'Leary (accordion).
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~19983#1
[JOS 2] Jerry O'Sullivan. The Gift. Jerry O'Sullivan (pipes, whistle, Scottish smallpipes, Irish warpipes). For this tune: (pipes).
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200018#1
[ACB 1] The Abbey Céilí Band. Bruach an tSuláin. Ger Murphy (accordion), Andrew O'Connell (fiddle), Liam Forde (banjo), Micheál Creedon (bass, keyboards).
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Bibliography

Here are all transcriptions of this tune considering only the indexed books, listed in chronological order. I have discovered by careful comparison that these are very similar to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
On page 73 of [IFMCK] Drew Beisswenger. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. [available]
As tune #62 in volume 2 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #15 in volume 2 of [LPTW] Eithne Vallely. Learn to Play the Tin Whistle. [available]
As tune #133 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
On page 215 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
On page 63 of [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
As tune #63 in [DM 2] Dave Mallinson. 100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes. [available]
In [FMH] Tom Hastings. The Feis Musicians Handbook [sic].
On page 74 of [CITM] Fintan Vallely. The Companion to Irish Traditional Music. [available]
As slide #8 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As sgjig #8 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
As tune #289 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [available]

If you are considering using the above transcriptions to help you learn this tune, I invite you to check these practical Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music. See also: So why do you bother indexing books and abc?

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1949