The Sweet Flowers Of Milltown barndance

Also known as Conal O Grada’s, The Green Fields Of Milltown, The Green Fields Of Miltown, John McMahon’s, The Sweet Flowers Of Miltown, Tom Morrison’s.

There are 22 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Beare Island (a few times), George White’s Favorite (a few times), Lord Moira’s Welcome To Scotland (a few times), The Red-Haired Lass (a few times) and The Roscommon (a few times).

The Sweet Flowers Of Milltown has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Sweet Flowers Of Milltown has been added to 102 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Sweet Flowers Of Milltown
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|G>FG>B A>GE>D|G>FG>B dzB>d|e>f{a}g>f e>dB>A|GA/G/ F2 EF/E/ D2|
G>FG>B A>GE>D|G>F (3GAB dzB>d|e>fg>f e>dB>G|AB/A/ G>F G3:|
d|g>fg>b a>ga>b|g>a (3gfe dzB>d|e>fg>f e>dB>A|GA/G/ F2 EF/E/ D2|
g>fg>b a>ga>b|g>ag>e dzB>d|e>f{a}g>f e>dB>G|AB/A/ G>F G3d|
gzg>b a>ga>b|g>a (3gfe dzB>d|e>fg>f e>dB>A|GA/G/ F2 EF/E/ D2|
G>FG>B A>GE>D|G>F (3GAB dzB>d|e>f{a}g>f e>dB>G|AB/A/ G>F G3||
X: 2
T: The Sweet Flowers Of Milltown
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
~G3B AGEF|GFGB d3d|edge dBAG|GAFG EFDE|
G2GB AGEF|GFGB dGBd|e2ge dBAG|AGFA GDEF:|2 AGFA G2Bd||
~g3z abaf|gage d2Bd|edge dBAG|GAFG EFD2|
~g3z ~a3f|~g3e dGBd|e2ge dBAG|AGFA G2Bd|
~g3z abaf|gage dGBd|edge dBAG|GAFG EFD2|
~G3B AGEF|GFGB d3d|edge dBAG|A2F2 G2z2|
X: 3
T: The Sweet Flowers Of Milltown
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:GFGB AGED | GFGB dzd2 | efge dBBA | GBAG EED2 |
GFGB AGED | GFGB dzd2 | ef (3gfe dcBG |1 A2g2g2 dB :|2 A2g2g2 (3def|
|: ~g3b az af | ~g3e dz Bd | efge dBBA | GBAG E2D2 |
gfge agaf | gfge dz Bd | ef (3gfe dcBG |1 A2g2g2 ef :|2 A2g2g2z2 |

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The Sweet Flowers Of Milltown (Schottische)

I learned this schottische from a lovely flute duet playing of Harry Bradley and John Blake. Well, I don’t have much to say about this tune. It’s just fun to play.

This tune was recorded as a reel by Morrison on an early recording. Kevin Burke also recorded it that way and called it, "Morrisons." It wasn’t until I read the liner notes on the "Fluters of Old Erin" recording that I found out it was originally a schottishe and the title. I also heard it called, "The Mouse in the Cupboard" and I think the "Mouse in the Mug" on Kevin Crawford’s "In Good Company" might be the jig version of this tune.

Here’s the jig: https://thesession.org/tunes/362

When you said Morrison, I immediately presumed you meant James, but, isn’t it called "Tom Morrison’s" played as a reel (which goes into the Beare Island) from off of the Kevin Burke / M

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Yes Jamie, it’s Tom Morrison, and that’s the track I’m referring to.

Tom Morrison recorded this with tambourine player John Reynolds in the 20s, on the flip side of his 78 with the medley of reels that introduced the "Dunmore Lassies" to the world. You’ll note that it’s simply the well known hornpipe Off to California. It is transcribed in Grey Larsen’s flute tutor, also.

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Tom Morrison’s playing of it is transcribed in Larsen’s book, I mean.

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Tom Morrison’s: Kevin Burke version-transcription

Does anyone have an abc transcription of this tune (also called the Sweet Flowers of Milltown?

…well… or at least very similar (w v same first bar)

TOM MORRISON’S REEL. Irish, Reel. G Major. Standard. AABB’. The tune was recorded as a schottische on a 78 RPM in 1927 by Tom Morrison as “Sweet Flowers of Milltown,” and is a variant of the “Off to California” family of tunes. Morrison (1889-1958), the ‘Dunmore Flash’, was a flute player from near Glenamaddy, in the Dunmore area of County Galway. Morrison sometimes partnered with renowned fiddler Michael Coleman for duet recordings. Songer (Portland Collection), 1997; pg. 196. Green Linnett GLCD Kevin Burke - “Portland.”

SWEET FLOWERS OF MILLTOWN. AKA – “Tom Morrison’s Reel.” Irish, Schottische. D Major. Standard tuning. AA’B. Recorded in New York in 1927 by White Park, near Glanmaddy, Co. Galway, flute player Tom Morrison (born c. 1888) for Columbia Records. Morrison, writes Reg Hall (1995), was the son of a blacksmith and emigrated to the United States in 1909, where he became an associate of fiddler Michael Coleman and accordion player Peter Conlon. The melody is a variant of the “Off/Going to California [1]” family of tunes. It was recorded by Kevin Burke as a reel on “Portland” (appears as “Tom Morrison’s”). Topic TSCD602, (Ed. by Reg Hall) Tom Morrison – “Irish Dance Music” (1995. A reissue of the 1927 original). Conal O’Grada – “The Top of Coom.”
X:1
T:Sweet Flowers of Milltown, The
M:C|
L:1/8
D:Conal O’Grada:The Top of Coom
S:Sean Ryan, Minstrel’s Fancy
R:Schottische
K:D
~G3B AGEF|GFGB d3d|edge dBAG|GAFG EFDE|
G2GB AGEF|GFGB dGBd|e2ge dBAG|AGFA GDEF:|2 AGFA G2Bd||
~g3z abaf|gage d2Bd|edge dBAG|GAFG EFD2|
~g3z ~a3f|~g3e dGBd|e2ge dBAG|AGFA G2Bd|
~g3z abaf|gage dGBd|edge dBAG|GAFG EFD2|
~G3B AGEF|GFGB d3d|edge dBAG|A2F2 G2z2|