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GUEST,Jim Carroll Speaking ill of the dead. (140* d) RE: Speaking ill of the dead. 26 Oct 07


To cool thinks maybe, an explanation for those who are not familiar with Pádraig O'Keefe and his music and a story of one of his tunes.
He was a music teacher and magnificent fiddle player from Sliabh Luachra (The Rushy Mountain), on the Cork and Kerry borders; he died in 1963.
At one time fellow fiddle player, Denis Murphy visited him to get one of his (unnamed) tunes, and finding him not at home, was told he was up at the bog cutting turf. He found him sitting on the side of the bank of turf having a smoke.
When he asked for the tune, O'Keefe said he'd give it in exchange for a pint. Murphy agreed, and O'Keefe wrote the tune out for him on the newly cut bank of turf with his finger. The tune has ever since been known as 'The Bank of Turf'.
Not a lot of people know that!
Jim Carroll


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