Crossing The Shannon reel

Also known as Across The Shannon, Cooley Crossing The Shannon, The Funny.

There are 16 recordings of a tune by this name.

Crossing The Shannon has been added to 77 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Crossing The Shannon
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: FG | Add2 AdFG | Ad~d2 fdBd | Add2 fdAF | G2FG EFGB |
Ad~d2 AdFG | Add2 fdBd | Adfa gefa | gece d2 :|
|: FG | Ad~d2 fage | fage fdBd | Add2 fdAF | G2FG EFGB |
Ad~d2 fage | fage fdBd | Adfa gefa | gece d2 :|
ABC
X: 2
T: Crossing The Shannon
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: FG | Addd AdFd | Addd fdBd | Addd AdFd | AGFD EFGB |
Addd AdFd | Addd fdBd | Adfa gefa | gece d2 :|
|: FG | Addd fage | fage fdBd | Addd AdFd | AGFD EFGB |
Addd fage | fage fdBd | Adfa gefa | gece d2 :|
# Added by JACKB .
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Eight comments

Just a thought on notes-

making the ‘c’ natural also sounds good

Additional info

I learned this tune in the key of C from the playing of the Kane Sisters. They play it after what sounds like a Fahy-ized version of Ed Reavy’s "Red Tom of the Hills" (almost all F’s totally natural in the A part).

They credit this tune as being composed by Paddy O’Brien (not sure which one they meant).

I’ve heard the B-part as Ad~d2 fage|f2df afdB|A…

Wrong tune

The "Crossing the Shannon" on Na Connerys isn’t this tune at all. Closest is the reel Man of the House.

Paddy Fahy

On the album by Brian Fitzgerald, Oisin MacDiarmada and Michael Rooney, the tune is attributed to Paddy Fahy. Apparently Fahy gave the tune to Joe Burke saying "it’s a funny kind of old thing and you might make something out of it". Thus, it was christened the Funny Reel.

Cooley Crossing the Shannon

This is another title on it from Paul Bradley’s album. Cooley being indeed the great Joe Cooley.

I wonder where this tune came from … hhmm

this tune (the repeated d’s in it especially) sounds a bit like the chattering of the teeth of the swimmer who’s just reached the other bank

Origin…

http://www.thesession.org/recordings/display/968

I seem to remember that the source of Oisin MacDiarmada’s information [ listed above by "52Paddy" ] came from this album. Unfortunately I no longer have it, so can’t check. Joe Burke would generally be regarded as an impeccable source of information on Irish traditional music.

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