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O’Keeffe Mac Aoidh-O’Connell MS

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Pádraig O’Keeffe Mac Aoidh-O’Connell Manuscript

These manuscripts were originally written by Pádraig O’Keeffe for his pupil Pat O’Connell (known locally as Páitín Connell) a small farmer from the townland of Cordal, Co. Kerry. Páitín kept his manuscripts in two biscuit tins in his kitchen. He was a near neighbour of Pádraig and remembered him with great affection. He lent Caoimhín Mac Aoidh his collection in full. Caoimhín was unable to photocopy this collection but he copied the music tablature meticulously using stencils and Rotring drafting pens.

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Transcriptions of the Pádraig O’Keeffe Mac Aoidh-O’Connell Manuscript

The music transcriber for this current project worked from three different sources for these scores:

  • Copies of original manuscripts of Pádraig O’Keeffe’s unique form of fiddle-music tablature
  • Fair copy transcriptions made of O’Keeffe’s fiddle-music tablature by Caoimhín Mac Aoidh
  • Staff notation transcriptions of O’Keeffe’s fiddle-music tablature also made by Caoimhín Mac Aoidh