O’Keefe’s Slide

A Dorian, Traditional Irish Slide
TrailJams Tune of the Week for December 19, 2021; May 14, 2023

O'Keefe's Slide. Traditional Irish Slide. TrailJams Tune of the Week. Play it together May 14, 2023. Illustration copyright 2021, 2023 Jonathan Lay. trailjams.org

This traditional tune is named for Pádraig O’Keefe (1887-1963), a master fiddler 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.

Sheet music and chords for O'Keefe's Slide, traditional Irish slide in A Dorian. Arrangement by Jonathan Lay. trailjams.org
Play from the Dots
Slow tempo 90bpm
Moderate tempo 120bpm


Examples of sets that include this tune.

References and Resources

For those who want to dig deeper, here are some other resources.