Mrs Crehan’s reel

Also known as The Ballymahon, Capel Street, Mrs. Crehan’s.

There are 27 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Boys Of Ballivanich (a few times), Dowd’s No. 9 (a few times), Gerry Commane’s (a few times), John Brennan’s (a few times) and Mrs. Crotty’s Christening (a few times).

Mrs Crehan's has been added to 95 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Mrs Crehan's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2dG eGdG|~G2dB ABdB|G2gd egdG|FGAB cedB|
G2dG egdG|~G2dB ABdB|G2dB eBdG|FGAB cege|
d2(3Bcd gdBd|d2(3Bcd cA~A2|d2(3Bcd gdBd|dcAc BG~G2|
d2(3Bcd gdBG|~G2BG AE~E2|BABc dedc|BcAc BGGF|
X: 2
T: Mrs Crehan's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2dG eGdG | G2dB AdBA | G2dG eGdG | (3EFG AB cedB |
G2dG eGdG | G2dB AdBA | G2dG eGdG | (3EFG AB cege ||
d2(3Bcd gdBd | gdBd eA~A2 | d2(3Bcd gdBd | ecAc BGGB |
d2Bd G3E | DEGB AE~E2 | GABc dedc | (3Bcd Ac BGGF |]
X: 3
T: Mrs Crehan's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2dG eGdG | G2dG ABdB | G2dG eGdG | EGAB cedB |
G2dG eGdG | G2dG ABdB | G2dG eGdG | EGAB cege ||
d2Bd GdBd | GdBd cA~A2 | d2Bd GdBd | ceAc BGG2 |
d2Bd gdBd | GABG AE~E2 | GABc dedc | BdAd BGG2 ||

Ten comments

Mrs chrehan’s

Source: Alan & John Kelly : Four mile house
Transcription: Gian Marco Pietrasanta

Mrs Crehan’s

first heard it by Mary Bergin on her 1st recording. recorded also by Matt Molloy & Sean Keane, and Davy Spillane. Some Scottish pipers play it too, and I think it was recorded by "Wolfstone". Plays well in A on the whistle too.

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Mrs Crehan’s

Yes, Wolfstone plays it but they play a different version of it. Nice tune though

1st part looks similar to drowsy maggie.

reading my comment above again i disagree with myself.

A different ending

Playing the last two bars as |DEGA ~B2 BA|dBAc BG GF| and ‘digging in’ to the first D note in the second-last bar helps me get the momentum to launch into the first part again.

The tune also gets played as AA BB (repeating each 8 bars) , e.g. on James Keane’s recorded version.

The Chocolate Reel

I call this "The Chocolate Reel" because at the end of the B part you can hear the jingle from the 1960s for Nestlies Chocolate.

N - E - S - T - L - E - S … Nestlies makes the very best… :-)

How do you like that… I didn’t spell it right, but I got the jingle right. Blame it on the scotch. *hic*

I’ve added a third version….

… which I really like. It more-or-less fits with the first, plus it’s a bit simpler.

You’ll find it played on the album ‘Celtic Dream’ by Oisín under the title ‘Capel Street’.