Coleman’s Cross reel

Also known as Griffin From The Bridge.

There are 30 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Wandering Minstrel (a few times), Paddy Ryan’s Dream (a few times), Patsy Geary’s (a few times).

Coleman's Cross has been added to 35 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Coleman's Cross
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
edBA ~G3E | DEGB AE ~E2 | GEDB, DEGA | BA B/c/d eg~g2 |!
edBA GFGE | DEGB AE ~E2 | GEDB, DEGA | B/c/d gf e2 ef ||!
~g2 af gfed | Bd~d2 ed B/c/d | ~g2 af gfed | B/c/d gf e2 ef |!
~g2 gb ~f2 fd | egfd edBe | dBAF ~G2GA | BA B/c/d eg~g2 ||!
ABC
X: 2
T: Coleman's Cross
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:{a/}gf|ed{c/}BA ~G3E | DEGB AE ~E2 | {A/}GEDB DEGA |
1 {c/}BABd ez :|2 Bdgd ez2f||~g3a gfed | Bdde d~B3 | gz ag {a/} gfed |
Be{a/}ed ez2f|~g3e ~f3 d|(3efg ed edB^c|dBAF {A/} GFGA |{c/}BABde z|
ABC

Seven comments

Coleman’s Cross (the reel)

I got this setting from Kevin Crawford’s playing on a tape of a session from Gort, Galway in 1992. It’s the same session tape he refers to in his liner notes from his CD, "In Good Company."

This would appear to be a different "Coleman’s Cross" to the one I’m familiar with which can be found on The Bothy Band album.

Right John… that’s a jig (or slide maybe) What I submitted here is a reel with the same title. It also can be found on Kathleen Collin’s recording.

“Griffin” according to Molloy & Larsen.

This tune is on Matt Molloy’s "Stoney Steps" album. The sleeve notes have the order of the tunes wrong, but Gray Larsen has it in his book as "Griffin From The Bridge", from the playing of Matt Molloy.

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Don’tcha just love it?

Ahhh… the controversies about tune titles in ITM. The bane of Jeremy’s java script. Most places where these tune shows up have it as "Coleman’s Cross" but it doesn’t matter really. You could call it "The Old Man’s Teeth," or even "A Fart in the Morning," and it would still be a great tune. ;-) If you look up "The Butlers of Glen Avenue" in this database you’ll find a perfect example of how tune titles can get all twisted up.

Declan Masterson’s Version

Taken from his Fairwater CD this is his version of the tune. He plays it several times and finishes on the long G in the second bar.

Josie McDermott

Josie McDermott recorded this on his LP in the 70’s; I think he composed it.