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Padraig O’Keefe’s #2 (D)

This is one of the slides called “Padraig O’Keefe’s” (sometimes spelled “O’Keeffe’s” or even “O’Keeff’s”).  There is no common numbering as far as I’ve been able to tell.  I call this “#2” just because I know another O’Keefe slide.  Padraig O’Keefe (1887 – 1963) is from the region called Sliabh Luachra (pronounced Schleeav-lokhra), at the intersection of three counties: Cork, Kerry, and Limerick.  He was a school teacher from 1915 to 1920, but didn’t like it.  So he played and taught fiddle instead, for the next forty-three years.  Two things to know about him are (1) he plays what is called “Munster style” fiddle, and (2) Denis Murphy was one of his fiddle students.  Oh, and Julia Clifford is his sister.  That’s three things to know about him.  He is a very influential fiddler, and there is a “Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival” held annually in Castleisland in Kerry.  That’s another couple of things to know about him.  There’s a picture of Padraig himself.  It was used as the cover of an album with himself, Denis Murphy, and Julia Clifford entitled Kerry Fiddles (released in 1993, but the recordings were from a 1947-49 field recordings).  Now, as for the tune, it is not a tune composed by him as far as I know, but it is one of the tunes he was known for playing.  Since he played a lot, there are many tunes that go by his name.

 

 

 

Padraig O'Keefe's #2

Padraig O’Keefe’s Slide #2

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