Allie Crocker’s reel

By Larry Grogan

Also known as Alley Croaker, Alley Crocker, Allie Crocker, Allie Croker, Ally Croaker, Ally Crocker, Aly Croaker, Aly Crocker, Crocker’s, Reel Des Bouchons.

There are 6 recordings of this tune.

Allie Crocker's has been added to 27 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: Allie Crocker's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:Addc d2df|edcd efga|fddc d2df|edcB AGFE|
Dddc d2df|edcd efga|fddc d2df|edcd efge:|
|:faa^g ~a3a|ba=gf efg2|Aggf g2gb|agfe def2|
Addd dccc|cBBB BAAA|Aggf ~g3b|agfe d2d2:|
2
X: 2
T: Allie Crocker's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|G2 G>G|GGGG|AGFG|ABcd|BGGG|GGGG|A>GFG|A>Bcc|
({Bc}d2) dd|dddd|edcB|A>Bcc|({AB}c2) cc|cccc|dcBA|G>ABB|
GGGG|FFFG/F/|EEEF/E/|DD D2|c>ccd|{d}c2 BA|BGcA|~F2 G2||

Seven comments

from a New England collection

John Kirkpatrick / Sue Harris recording

English melodeon player John Kirkpatrick and hammered dulcimer player Sue Harris have this tune under the name “Crocker’s reel” on their recording “Facing the Music” (1980). It also appears on “A short history of John Kirkpatrick” (1994).

The liner notes say: “Crocker’s Reel is given as a suggested tune for the dance ‘Sackett’s harbour’ in Douglas Kennedy’s Community dances, manual 4 (EFDSS 1954). The tune had previously appeared as ‘Alley Crocker’ in Kerr’s First Collection of Merry Melodies, a curiously undated work with a huge selection of rattling good tunes.”

Lovely recording by the way. Kirkpatrick/Harris play a similar version as the one given by Trevor, but without the repeats and with no g# in part 2. Most fascinating a very rare “pitch sliding technique” executed on the melodeon (!): obviously recording tape speed is used for tuning this reel up from initial Cmajor to Dmajor after 2 times through… fun!

Rodney Miller recording: Castles in the Air

Debut recording by Rodney Miller with Randy Miller, Ralph Miller and Peter O’Brien. Recorded 1975; originally released 1976; re-issued 2002.

http://www.rodneymiller.net/cds.html

Track 4: “Allie Crocker/Nancy”

Correction

Above track is “Allie Crocker/Jack Cameron”, not “Nancy”.

this appears in Thompson’s Compleat Collection (c.1770) in G thus:

T: Ally Croaker
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|G2 G>G|GGGG|AGFG|ABcd|BGGG|GGGG|A>GFG|A>Bcc|
({Bc}d2) dd|dddd|edcB|A>Bcc|({AB}c2) cc|cccc|dcBA|G>ABB|
GGGG|FFFG/F/|EEEF/E/|DD D2|c>ccd|{d}c2 BA|BGcA|~F2 G2||

Re: Allie Crocker’s

The original tune ‘Allie Croker’ was composed by the gentleman piper from County Wexford, Larry Grogan of Johnstown Castle, near Wexford town in the early 18th century. (He is believed to have died a young man in the 1720’s). The air then had words put to it in England in popular ‘operetta’ type music. It travelled quite a bit around the world, and eventually morphed in to a reel version in North America. I believe in Quebec it’s called Reel des Bouchons’. I have heard a version similar to x:2 - probably from an older printed source - played by Baroque players in the U.K. and it has quite an O’Carolan feel about it.