Hangin’ At The Crossroads

By The Ceili Bandits

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Hangin’ At The Crossroads

Posted in reply to a query in the discussion section.

The first track is two reels that they call Sam’s Reels.

The second track begins with what they call The Durrow Reel, but it’s really The Boogie Reel, composed by John Nolan (perpetuating an error on the pre-Tara version of Josephine Marsh’s eponymous solo album; the same error appears on recordings by Terry Bingham and Siobhan Peoples/Murty Ryan.)

The last cut, Micho Russell’s Mason’s Apron, can be found in the comments section for the tune Mason’s Apron.

The first tune in the "Micho Russell’s Mason’s Apron" set is "Four Mile Stone (aka Arthur Darley’s)".

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I posted the Shooglenifty hornpipe to the session in 2002, after hearing it played by a girl on fiddle in the Swan garden at Sidmouth Festival
After a bit of searching, ‘Kenny’ identified it as ‘Da eye Wifie’, from their album ‘A Whiskey Kiss’
Hangin’ at the Crossroads is a fabulous CD which is great to drive to, and so it is the most played album in my car since I found it while in Cork - the inclusion of Kevin Griffin as an ‘honorary bandit’ on banjo really contributes to the overall sound, making it a really fabulous album

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I,ve just noticed your missing the last two tracks
11 Callum’s Jig / Doolin Moon / Thunderhead
12 Belles of Tipperary

At least my copy has 12 tracks - perhaps there are two versions ??

I got mine from Living Tradition while in Cork - They were playing it as a demo CD when I visited and I had to buy it - great album !

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Hangin at the crossroads

I thought Micho Russell’s was the same as the Low Reel

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Last track

So what’s the tune after Belles of Tipperary on the last track?

Like many of the other great ITM albums, this one is a little vague on the tune names. Here are my contributions toward deciphering the puzzle:

The first tune on track 1 is Sligo Creek, a composition of fiddle player Danny Noveck, who’s once again living in the Washington DC area. He wrote the tune many years ago when he first lived in DC before moving away, and the Sligo Creek in the name is not in Ireland but rather in the Silver Spring/Takoma Park MD suburbs of DC.

The Paddy Canny’s in track 3 is really Paddy Canny’s Toast, a composition of Charlie Lennon.

The tune before Hand Me Down the Tackle in track 7 is Drag Her ‘Round the Road.

The two tunes in track 10 (Micho Russell’s Mason’s Apron) are The Four Mile Stone (composed by Arthur Darley) and a rather tasty version of Glen Allen.

I wish I knew the name of the tune after the Belles of Tipperary in the last track. I’ve been playing that tune when it pops up at sessions for at least 10 years now, and every time it does I ask someone what the name of it is. I’m thinking that the answer I get (and immediately forget) is The Green Mountain, but if it is it doesn’t match up with the tune under that name on this site. But I do know that another name for Belles of Tipperary is The New Policeman (aka The Nude Policeman in some circles I travel in…)

Tune after Belles of Tipp

I’ve done a bit of field research on the name of the tune following Belles of Tipperary in track 12. Two names I have heard for it are A Night in Ennis and Jim Kelly’s. If you look under Jim Kelly’s on the tunes listing here on this site, you’ll see literally a couple dozen CDs that the tune shows up on. That fits, because even with its elusive name this is one of those ubiquitous tunes.

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John - the reason that tune turns up on so many recordings is because someone called it "The Ashplant" and it automatically links to every recording with the Em "Ashplant" in it. There’s not one linked recording with the title "Jim Kelly’s" in it - I looked. The only justification for calling it “Jim Kelly’s” is that somebody heard the tune played by Jim Kelly, didn’t have the title, so named it after him, put it in a book and somebody else posted it here.

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Kenny, you may be right, but let me tell you how I got to the Jim Kelly’s name for this tune. It got played the other night at a session, so I asked the guy who started it if he had a name for it. The name he came up with was The Night in Ennis, which he said came from an old recording by the Clare fiddler Vincent Griffin. So, the next day I looked on this site under Recordings for Vincent Griffin, and sure enough there is the tune under the Night in Ennis name. Clicking on the tune link takes you to the Ashplant/Jim Kelly’s tune listing, which upon viewing the dots is indeed the same tune as the one on the Ceili Bandits CD. Whether it is the same tune as the one called the Ashplant on all those other CDs, I don’t know. Maybe some of them it is, on others maybe not. I do believe tnough, now that I see the Jim Kelly’s name associated with this tune, that I have heard it called that in the past when I have asked someone what the name of the tune was. It is indeed an often-played and often heard tune, even though its name seems to have been lost over the years. The Night in Ennis also sounds like a rather ad hoc name for a tune, doesn’t it?

So….The Night in Ennis or Jim Kelly’s. Anybody have a better suggestion on what to call this tune?

I think it’s in one of the Mally’s tunebooks as Maguire’s, but that might be a mistake. I call it The Night In Ennis.

Other names for it are the Tipperary Fancy and Dickie Sherlock’s. It’s one of those tunes that has been recorded under a lot of different names. This means that anyone you meet who plays it will have a different name for it, and there will be no consensus. Just choose a name for yourself and stick with it 🙂

Track 12, last tune Cape Breton Fiddlers Welcome to Shetland.

Eoin is well met at Custy’s, and he leads a huge session in Ennis,
He is accompanied here by Yvonne Casey (fidil) and Quentin Cooper on mando & guitar and Kevin Griffin on banjo.
Lots of Craic here, they may have invented it.


Ballyea (Quentin Cooper) Hangin at the Crossroads (Eoin O’Neill). OthersDoolin Moon Yvonne Casey

I’ve got another recording a cassette I bought at Custy’s in Ennis in about 1997 I’ll see if it’s still in the car it has been very well played over the years.

I just discovered the discussion regarding the missing tracks 11 and 12. Sure enough my copy has 12 tracks, and they are all listed on the liner notes, but the edit command won’t let me add them. I have no idea why I only entered 10 tracks.

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Just got a copy from eBay, not having heard the album before. The album sleeve only mentions 1 tune title for tracks # 7, 8, 10 and 12. [ The CD I have has 12 tracks ].
I’ve added others in from identifications above, which I checked.
However - I found it quite amusing that "johnkerr", "Dr.Dow" and I had had amicable disagreements above all of 10 years ago, about the reel I call "Dicky Sherlock’s", and others here refer to as "Jim Kellys’", when it’s not on track 12 at all.
The reel following "The Belles Of Tipperary" which was the subject of a few queries above is "The Plough And The Stars", and not "Dicky Sherlock’s / Jim Kelly’s / whatever".
I like this recording, especially for the banjo playing of Kevin Griffin, which is superb throughout.

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Re: Hangin’ At The Crossroads

There is fuller information about the music on this CD at the "duplicate" posting linked above, although for some reason the last 2 tracks are missing from the other recording.

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