Mrs Murphy's Jig

I came across this in Breandán Breathnach's book Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. I was looking for tunes from around our area and found this one Brendán had collected from Molly Meyers Murphy. It's a lovely and simple and when you play it slow you can hear that it came from some old song.. There's loads of great tunes in that book and especially the ones from Mrs Murphy - they all have a lovely unadorned wild thing about them - Pure Sliabh Luachra.

I first taught this as part of a workshop I did at Scullys Fest back in 2018 called "Rare and Quare Tunes".

Art O'Keeffe's


Julia Clifford

from the album called the Humours of Lisheen. It's the second tune in this selection - starts at 1.00.

Connie the Soldier

This tune is associated with the Ballydesmond fiddle player Jim O'Keeffe

Jim O'Keeffe's bio from the The Handed Down Sliabh Luachra Archive

Jim O’Keeffe (Fiddle). A pupil of Pádraig O Keeffe. Born into a musical family in Ballinahulla, Ballydesmond, his father and grandfather were both fiddle players. He had a unique style of playing. He taught music himself for a while in the early days, Jim spent a good deal of his working life in the Kanturk area. Helped to set up the ‘stage’ in Knocknacolon where he played with Seán Lynch, Pat Cashman, Ted Winters and a young Jackie Daly among others. Also played with the Seán Lynch Céilí Band and the Duhallow Céilí Band. Died in his mid 90s in 2014.


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