Denis Murphy’s Slide

Slide, D, Traditional Irish
Also know as Dennis Murphy’s (Slide)
TrailJams Tune of the Week December 26, 2021; August 27, 2023

Denis Murphy's Slide; Traditional Irish Slide; TrailJams Tune of the Week; Play it together August 27, 2023. Illustration copyright 2021, 2023 Jonathan Lay.

This traditional Irish slide is a session favorite. It is named for fiddler Denis Murphy (1910-1974) of Ireland’s Sliabh Luachra region. Sliabh Luachra (or Slieve Logher) is the mountainous region in Ireland that straddles the county boundaries of Cork, Kerry, and Limerick.


Dots (Music Notation)

As always for traditional tunes, the musical notation and chords do not indicate the “right” way to play the tune, but are a useful reference.

Musical score (sheet music) for Denis Murphy's Slide in D Major. Also know as Dennis Murphy's Slide.
Play from the Dots
Slow tempo 90bpm
Moderate tempo 120bpm


Examples of sets that include this tune.

References and Resources

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