The Crosses Of Annagh reel

Also known as Coen’s Memories, The Cottage In The Glen, The Cottage In The Grove, Felix Doran’s, Napoleon Crosses The Rockies, Paddy Canny’s, Raymond Roland’s, Tommy Coen’s, Tommy Coen’s Memories.

There are 100 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Crosses Of Annagh has been added to 183 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Crosses Of Annagh
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:eAAG A2(3Bcd| e~g3 edBA|~G3B A~E3|DEGB AGED|
(3EFG BG A2(3Bcd| e~g3 edBA|GABd gedB|GABG ABcd:|
|:e~a3 bage|aeba gedB|dBde ~g2bg|agba ~g2fg|
e~a3 bage|aeba gedB|GABd gedB|GABG ABcd:|
ABC
X: 2
T: The Crosses Of Annagh
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
EAAG A2Bd|eggd edBA|~G3B ABGE|DEGB AGED|
EAAG A2Bd|eggd edBA|GABd gedB|1 GABG A3G:|2 GABG A2Bd||
ea~a2 bage|a2ba gedB|d^cde g2ga|bgaf gedg|
ea~a2 bage|a2ba gedB|GABd gedB|1 GABG A2Bd:|2 GABG A3G||
ABC
X: 3
T: The Crosses Of Annagh
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
EAAG A2Bd|eggd edBA|~G3B AEGE|DGBG AGED|
EAAG A2Bd|~g3d edBA|GABd gedB|1 GAAG ~A3G:|2 GAAG A2Bd||
|:eg~g2 a2ga|bgaf gedB|d^cde ~g3a|bgaf gefd|
eg~g2 a2ga|bgaf gedB|GABd gedB|1 GAAG A2Bd:|2 GAAG ~A3G||
ABC
X: 4
T: The Crosses Of Annagh
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
EAAG A2(3Bcd|eggd edBA|G3B AEGE|DGBG AGED|
EAAG A2(3Bcd|g3d edBA|GA(3Bcd gedB|1 GAAG ~A3G:|2 GAAG A2Bd||
|:eg3 a2ga|bgab gedB|d3e g3a|bgaf gefd|
eg3 a2ga|bgab gedB|GABd gedB|1 GABG A2Bd:|2 GAAG ~A3G||
ABC

Nineteen comments

I play the same version on the flute.

The Crosses of Annagh, The Cottage in the Grove

Here’s the transcription of a session-friendly setting of the tune:

K: Ador
EAAG A2Bd|eggd edBA|~G3B ABGE|DEGB AGED|
EAAG A2Bd|eggd edBA|GABd gedB|1 GABG A3G:|2 GABG A2Bd||
ea~a2 bage|a2ba gedB|d^cde g2ga|bgaf gedg|
ea~a2 bage|a2ba gedB|GABd gedB|1 GABG A2Bd:|2 GABG A3G||

Harry Bradley recorded a similar version based on the setting which appears in Breathnach’s Ceol Rince. According to Paul McGrattan, the title "The Crosses of Annagh" refers to a placename in West Clare, which produced a number of well-known musicians.

According to the Fiddler’s Companion, this is a composition of Tommy Coen’s, who called it "Coen’s Memories". He also wrote Christmas Eve.

The Fiddler’s Companion has some incorrect pieces of information, so you can’t be sure if this is really East Galway fiddler T. Coen’s composition. "kilfarboy" would have more reliable info.

Alan Ng’s irishtune.info says the same, but you’re absolutely right, Slainte, it doesn’t mean it’s correct. I really like the Fiddler’s Companion as a resource, but there are a lot of errors and bad links etc.

Yes, of course, I know some other sources say this is a composition of Tommy Coen, and that’s very likely. But this tune has similariries to some older tunes including "Down the Broom," and it is also associated with other well-known musicians such as travelling piper Felix Doran, the Casey’s (Bobbey, Scully, and Thady) from the Crosses of Annagh, West Clare, etc. etc… So, it’s also possible that this is just a variant of a traditional tune which has become associated with Coen for some reason. I think the similarities between this tune and "Chrismas Eve" is pointed out somewhere in the Fiddler’s Companion.

I assume you mean the similarities between this one and "Down The Broom"??

Yes, they are very similar. That doesn’t mean one necessarily has to be related to another though. It’s the same with people. I’m sure there are some other people in the world who are unfortunate enough to look like me, but I’m not necessarily related to them…

This tune gets played In both keys at our session in Sydney - Ador and Edor (Matt Molloy and De Dannann versions respectively). Down The Broom also gets played regularly. There is also a similar tune called "Lady Birr", which we got off the Fisherstreet album, but has also been recorded by Lunasa. Do you know that one, Slainte?

When I get sick of this tune and Down the Broom, I’ll learn other similar tunes in Ador. The Rainy Day is first in my list. I probably won’t bother to learn Lady Birr because I’m not a fan of the big band.

As for the keys, I most often hear this tune played in Edor by fiddlers or banjo player while I always like to play it in Ador as a mediocre keyless flute player. In East Galway and Clare, some people would play it in Gm. And it would sound nice in Dm too.

Cottage in the Grove

Eamonn Cotter recorded an excellent version of this tune on track 4 of his solo flute album "Traditional Irish Music from County Clare" (CDED 001). His part II is quite similar to Molloy’s part II of Crosses of Annagh on track 3 of Molloy/Brady/Peoples, but part I is substantially different—more like the part I of McGovern’s Favourite that Michael Clarkson plays on Wooden Flute Obsession III. It’s unfortunate that most of Cotter’s recordings are on Shaskeen CDs, where he virtually never plays solo, and that his solo CD, which is one of the finest examples of flute playing in my collection, was privately published and not widely available.

From Mike McGoldrick

X: 77
T:Crosses of Annagh, The
R:reel
H: Wired
H:
D: Mike McGoldrick
Z:
M:C|
K:Ador
EAAG A2Bd|eggd edBA|~G3B AEGE|DGBG AGED|
EAAG A2Bd|~g3d edBA|GABd gedB|1 GAAG ~A3G:|2 GAAG A2Bd||
|:eg~g2 a2ga|bgaf gedB|d^cde ~g3a|bgaf gefd|
eg~g2 a2ga|bgaf gedB|GABd gedB|1 GAAG A2Bd:|2 GAAG ~A3G||

Revised

X: 77
T:Crosses of Annagh, The
R:reel
H: Wired
H:
D: Mike McGoldrick
Z:
M:C|
K:Ador
EAAG A2(3Bcd|eggd edBA|G3B AEGE|DGBG AGED|
EAAG A2(3Bcd|g3d edBA|GA(3Bcd gedB|1 GAAG ~A3G:|2 GAAG A2Bd||
|:eg3 a2ga|bgab gedB|d3e g3a|bgaf gefd|
eg3 a2ga|bgab gedB|GABd gedB|1 GABG A2Bd:|2 GAAG ~A3G||

Gah, I meant second! Sorry…

Very similar to a tune called Farewell to Milltown Malbay" on Casey’s "Casey in the Cowhouse"