Aidan Crossey

I’m originally from Derrymacash, a townland outside Lurgan in County Armagh. Now living in London. I play mandolin and octave mandola and - when a session demands somewhat heavier artillery - tenor banjo.

I took a break from The Session and indeed almost all web forums for several years. Like many of us, in the early days of the internet, I didn’t realise just how permanent our words would be and I began to feel very disenchanted by the lack of civility that I witnessed in so many places on the web (some of it emanating from myself). Having been away for a while, I’m rejoining The Session with a somewhat different attitude, hopefully refusing to be drawn into fractious debates and confining my comments to the positive!

Away from The Session, I run a mandolin website called The Irish Mandolin. I’ll bet you’re staggered by the originality of the name!! You can find it at www.theirishmandolin.com

I’ve posted quite a few tunes to The Session over the years. Several of these have been my own compositions. However I’ve noticed that many members post their own compositions in their "about me" section. That seems like a much more sensible, much less "look at me" way of adding tunes. So from this point on, I’ll share new compositions here rather than in the tunes section of The Session. (If you want to listen to the tunes being played, go to http://theirishmandolin.com/original-tunes-written-and-played-by-aidan-crossey/ I’ll do my best to ensure that this page and the link above are sync’d as far as possible.)

JOE CRILLY’s JIG

Joe Crilly was a very good friend of mine. Hailing from Derryadd, about half a mile from where I grew up, Joe moved to London a few years before I did and we spent a lot of time in each other’s company. Joe was an actor and playwright - incredibly talented in both endeavours. Sadly he took his own life a few years ago and I continue to feel his loss deeply. I wrote the tune that follows in his honour.

X:1
T:Joe Crilly’s Jig
R:jig
C:Aidan Crossey
M:6/8
K:G
|:efg dBG|ABG EDB,|DEG AGA|BAG ABd|
efg dBG|ABG EDB,|DEG AGA|BGG G3:||
|:DEG ABc|dBG DB,G,|DEG ABc|dBG G3|
DEG ABc|dBG DB,G,|CEC DFA|GAG G3:||

I like to finish this off with a supplementary four bar phrase:

|CEC DFA|GBG Ace|dfa gdB|cAF G3||

If you’d like to see this tune written out in mandolin/banjo tablature, you can find a pdf at https://crosseyirishmandolin.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/joe-crillys-jig.pdf

You can listen to me playing the tune on mandolin at https://crosseyirishmandolin.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/joe-crillys-jig.mp3

McQUILLAN’S HILL

Another tune written as a tribute to Joe Crilly. One of Joe’s most acclaimed plays was called "On McQuillan’s Hill". I wrote this tune shortly after Joe’s untimely death and the title simply leapt out at me. A jaunty little barndance which belies the sadness I was feeling at the time.

X:1
T:McQuillan’s Hill
R:barndance
C:Aidan Crossey
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:G
D2B2 cBAG|E2e2 e2fe|d2fe dcAF|GABc d2BG|
D2B2 cBAG|E2e2 e2fe|d2fe dcAF|1 G2GF G2GE:|2 G2GF GABd||
g2B2 B3d|cBcd e2fe|d2fe dcAF|GABc d2ef|
g2B2 B3d|cBcd e2fe|d2fe dcAF|1 G2GF GABd:|2 G2GF G2GE||

Mandolin/banjo tablature available at https://crosseyirishmandolin.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/mcquillans-hill.pdf

You can hear me playing the tune on mandolin at https://crosseyirishmandolin.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/mcquillans-hill.mp3

CARDIAC HILL

My mother owns a mobile home in Downings, County Donegal. The site commands great views but there’s a price to pay for those views in the form of a very steep section on the way in from Downings town. One of my relatives named this stretch of road "Cardiac Hill" and I thought the name was appropriate for this jig in A Major.

X:1
T:Cardiac Hill
R:jig
C:Aidan Crossey
M:6/8
K:A
|:aec AEA|cea ecA|Bcf Bdf|Bcf Bdf|
aec AEA|cea ecA|Bcf Bdf|efg a3:||
|:cef ecA|cec c2A|Bcf Bdf|Bcf Bdf|
cef ecA|cec c2A|Bcf Bdf|efg a3:||

Mandolin/banjo tab here https://crosseyirishmandolin.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/cardiac-hill.pdf

You can hear me playing the tune on mandolin at https://crosseyirishmandolin.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/cardiac-hill.mp3

THE HOODED MAN

A tune written as a tribute to my uncle Gerry McKerr. A solid man.

X:1
T:The Hooded Man
R:jig
C:Aidan Crossey
M:6/8
K:G
|:GAB dge|dBG AGE|GAB dge|dBG A2D|
GAB dge|dBG AGE|gdB ecA|GAF G3:||
|:gdB ecA|dBG AGE|GAB dge|dBG A2e|
gdB ecA|dBG AGE|GAB dge|dBG G3:||

Mandolin/banjo tab here https://crosseyirishmandolin.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/hooded-man.pdf

You can hear me playing the tune on mandolin at https://crosseyirishmandolin.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/hooded-man-v2.mp3