Crowley’s reel

Also known as Crowley’s #2, Crowley’s Highland Fling, Crowley’s No. 2.

There are 27 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Crowley’s (lots of times).

Crowley's has been added to 130 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: Crowley's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
~f2ed edBc|dBBA BAFA|~B3d AFDF|GEED EDB,e|
fd~d2 ec~c2|dBBA BAFA|BcdB AGFD|EFGE FDFA||
~d3c dAFA|BGBd cA~A2|BGAF GEFD|EFGE FDFA|
d2dc dAFA|BGBd cA~A2|BdAd GdFd|EFGE FDD2||
X: 2
T: Crowley's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
| BGAF GEFD | or | B2AF GEFD |
X: 3
T: Crowley's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
e|f2 ed edBc|dB{d}BA BAFA|~B3d AFDF|GE{G}ED EFGe|
f2 ed edBc|dB{d}BA BAFA|~B3d AFDF|~E3G FDFA||
d2 dc dAFA|~B3d cAFA|B{d}B AF G2 FD|~E3G FDFA|
d2 d/d/c dAFA|~B3d cAFA|BdAd GdFd|~E3G FDde||
# Added .
X: 4
T: Crowley's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
f2- f>d e2 B>c | d2 B>A B>AF>A | B2 (3Bcd A>FD>F | G2 F>D (3EFG :|
(3ded d>c d>A (3FGA | B2 B>d c>AF>A |1 (3BcB A>F G2 F>D | E2 E>G F>D :|
2 (3Bcd A>d G>dF>d | E2- E>G (3FED ||
X: 5
T: Crowley's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
| f2ed edBc | dBcA BAFA | B2AF AFDF | GEFD EDB,B, |
fddd eccc | dBcA BAFA | BcdB AGFD | EFGE FDD2 |
| Addc dAFA | B2dB cAAd | BdAd GdFd | EFGE FDD2 |
Addc dAFA | B2dB cAA2 | B2AB GB FA | EFGE FDD2 |
X: 6
T: Crowley's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
f2ed edBe | dBBA BAFA | BGdB AFDF | GEFD ED (3Bcd |
fAdf edBe | dBBA BAFA | B2dB AFDF | EFGE FDFA ||
d3A dAFA | BGBd cA3 | B2AB GAFG | EFGE FDFA :|

Eleven comments

At my local session, this always gets played after Crowley’s #1, also posted on this site. I’ve found versions on JC’s in which the two different variations of that descending phrase in the A-part are each repeated and made into an A- and B-part, making the whole tune in 3 parts. I’ve always found this posted version fairly "safe" for sessions though.

Please ignore the first "repeat" barline - I must have transcribed it by accident. You only play through the A-part once - at least in this setting.

I’ve more often heard the descending phrase in the penultimate bar of the B-part played:

| BGAF GEFD | or | B2AF GEFD |

Another setting

Here’s a version I learned from the playing of Boston-area fiddler George Keith. He plays it with a nice light touch, great lift, and flute-like rolls (evenly spaced cuts and lifts).

X: 1
T: Crowley’s
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
S: George Keith
K: Dmaj
e|f2 ed edBc|dB{d}BA BAFA|~B3d AFDF|GE{G}ED EFGe|
f2 ed edBc|dB{d}BA BAFA|~B3d AFDF|~E3G FDFA||
d2 dc dAFA|~B3d cAFA|B{d}B AF G2 FD|~E3G FDFA|
d2 d/d/c dAFA|~B3d cAFA|BdAd GdFd|~E3G FDde||

Posted .

“Master Crowleys” ~ highland flung

R: highland fling
K: D Major
|: F>d |
f2- f>d e2 B>c | d2 B>A B>AF>A | B2 (3Bcd A>FD>F | G2 F>D (3EFG :|
|: FA |
(3ded d>c d>A (3FGA | B2 B>d c>AF>A |1 (3BcB A>F G2 F>D | E2 E>G F>D :|
2 (3Bcd A>d G>dF>d | E2- E>G (3FED ||

Flingin’ it about, but also nice in ‘G Major’, and there are a few places in this one that would ‘snap’ nicely too…

Note: the title ascribed to the ‘fling’ is tongue in cheek… "Crowley’s Fling" will to just fine…

My Setting……..

I got this from JOe cooley and tweaked it a bit.
| f2ed edBc | dBcA BAFA | B2AF AFDF | GEFD EDB,B, |
fddd eccc | dBcA BAFA | BcdB AGFD | EFGE FDD2 |

| Addc dAFA | B2dB cAAd | BdAd GdFd | EFGE FDD2 |
Addc dAFA | B2dB cAA2 | B2AB GB FA | EFGE FDD2 |

crowleys reel-different version

i just found this wonderfull song at the internet and dont find any sheetmusic or slow version to learn it.
its called crowleys reel (but not the one thats posted in thesession.org)

http://www.myspace.com/jerslindbomzetterlund

i think its very beautiful and i hope somebody can help me.

ciao, gudrun (vienna)

Re: crowleys reel-different version

That’s the one I know as "Crowley’s #2", and it is here https://thesession.org/tunes/1180

But you’d be better off just learning it by listening to it, because it’s a nice setting of it in the recording…

thanks a lot for all the help :)

i just love this version!

gudrun *