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Tune ID#3128 (Denis O'Keeffe's Slide)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Denis O'Keeffe's Slide about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JOL 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars4-bar phrase structureMode ?
Slide32AABBA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Denis O'Keeffe's Slide / Denis O'Keeffe's / Denis O'Keeffe's Favourite / Forget Your Troubles / Déan Dearmad ar do Thrioblóidí / Ócam a' Phríosúin / Oakum a phríosúin / Oakum's / The Big Furze Bush / Up in the Morning Early / Liz Kelly (for 5th figure of The West Kerry Set on JRSLCB 2; 1st in set The Strawberry Tree on NNC 2; 1st in set The Big Furze Bush on NNC 3; 1st in set The Conor Pass Slides on TEdey 1) (also as single jig on OMT) (the difference between this tune and Denis O'Keeffe's #2544 is the 2nd half of 1st bar of the main motif)
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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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[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
[JOL 1] Johnny O'Leary. Music for the Set. Traditional Irish Music from Sliabh Luachra. Johnny O'Leary (accordion). For this tune: with Maurice O'Keefe (fiddle).
[RtHaMtD] Round the House and Mind the Dresser. Johnny O'Leary (accordion), Maurice O'Keefe (fiddle).
[RshMtn] The Rushy Mountain. Johnny O'Leary (accordion), Maurice O'Keefe (fiddle).
[NNC 3] Niamh Ní Charra. Cuz. A Tribute to Terry "Cuz" Teahan. Niamh Ní Charra (fiddle, concertina, vocals, viola). For this tune: Cuz Teahan (vocals, accordion).
[JDa 2] Jackie Daly. Domhnach Is Dálach. Many's a Wild Night. Jackie Daly (accordion).
[MotS 2] Monks of the Screw. Brathar na nÓl. Timmy O'Connor (accordion), Paudy Scully (flute), Tim Browne (fiddle, bouzouki, mandolin), John Drew (mandocello), Dan Curtin (fiddle, feet), Timmy O'Shea (guitar, vocals).
[CBnds] The County Bounds. 1st time Jackie Daly (accordion), then with Máire O'Keeffe (fiddle).
[JRSLCB 2] Johnny Reidy and the Sliabh Luachra Ceili Band. Music for Set Dancing Vol. II. Johnny Reidy (accordion).
[OMT] Billy McComiskey, Brendan Mulvihill, and Zan McLeod. One More Time. Billy McComiskey (accordion), Brendan Mulvihill (fiddle), and Zan McLeod (guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, bass). For this tune: Brendan.
[PS 8] Patrick Street. Street Life. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Jackie Daly (accordion), Ged Foley (guitar, vocals), Andy Irvine (bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, vocals).
[TEdey 1] Tim Edey. Irish Music from the Dingle Peninsula and Beyond. Tim Edey (accordion, whistle, banjo, piano, keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, double bass, percussion). For this tune: (C/C# accordion).
[SBJM 2] Seamus Begley and Jim Murray. Éirí Go Lá. Seamus Begley (accordion, vocals), Jim Murray (guitar, electric bass, keyboards, backing vocals, accordion).
[NNC 2] Niamh Ní Charra. Súgach Sámh / Happy Out. Niamh Ní Charra (fiddle, concertina, vocals, viola). For this tune: (concertina, fiddle).
[NNC 3] Niamh Ní Charra. Cuz. A Tribute to Terry "Cuz" Teahan. Niamh Ní Charra (fiddle, concertina, vocals, viola). For this tune: (fiddle), with Séamus Begley (accordion).

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In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Worn Torn Petticoat
JOL 1, RtHaMtD, RshMtn
My Sorrow and Trouble
Dingle Regatta
Cuz Teahan's Favorite
PS 8
Scartaglen Slide
Going for Water
Denis O'Keeffe's Slide
Played beforeOn Albums
JDa 2, CBnds
Cis Liathain
TEdey 1, SBJM 2
Mick Lynch's
MotS 2
Pete Bradley's
Joe Bane's
PS 8
Strawberry Tree
Hundred Pipers
Denis O'Keeffe's Slide


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 musical matches to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #83 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
On page 24 of [SLoP] Paul Deloughery. Sliabh Luachra on Parade. [available]
As 14 (Treoir) in [L] Alan's private loose music.

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 only the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1977