The Floating Crowbar reel

Also known as Rathcrogan, The Rathcrogan, Rathcroghan, The Rathcroghan, The Rathcroghan.

There are 35 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Almost (a few times), Jenny Picking Cockles (a few times), My Maryanne (a few times) and Tom Ward’s Downfall (a few times).

The Floating Crowbar has been added to 12 tune sets.

The Floating Crowbar has been added to 339 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Floating Crowbar
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|: AD (3FED AD (3FED | AD (3FED A2GF | EG~G2 AGED |
EF{A}GF GABd |AD (3FED AD (3FED | AD (3FED G2FG |
~A3B cd{f}ed |1 cAGE D2dB :|2 cAGE D2 (3EFG ||
|: Ad{e}d^c d2 (3B^cd | ea{b}ag ef{a}ge | ~A3B AG (3EFG |
A2GF EF{A}GE |Add^c d2bd | eaag ef{a}ge |
afge d2ed |1 cAGE D2 (3EFG :|2 cAGE D2dB ||
X: 2
T: The Floating Crowbar
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|: dB|AD D2 AD D2 | AD D2 A2GF | EG G2 AGcG |EF F2 GABd |
AD D2 AD D2 | AD D2 G2FG |A3B cded |1 cAGE D2 dB :|2 cAGE D2 (3EFG ||
|: Add^c d2 (3B^cd | eaag efga |eA A2 AG (3EFG |A3G EFGE |
Add^c d2 (3B^cd | eaag efge |afge fded |1 cAGE D2 (3EFG :|2 cAGE D2dB ||
|:AD D2 AD D2 | AD D2 A2GF | EG G2 AGcG |EF F2 cBBA |
AD D2 AD D2 | AD D2 G2FG |A3B c4 |c2 cB cBAG ||
|: Add^c d2 (3B^cd | eaag efga |eA A2 AG (3EFG |A3G EFGE |
Add^c d2 (3B^cd | eaag efge |afge fded |1 cAGE D2 (3EFG :|2 cAGE D2dB ||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 3
T: The Floating Crowbar
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|: AD ~D2 AD ~D2 | AD ~D2 A2GF | EG~G2 AG~G2 |
E~G2F GABd |AD ~D2 AD ~D2 | AD ~D2 G2FG |
~A3B cded |1 cAGE D2dB :|2 cAGE D2 FG ||
|: Add^c d2 ^cd | eaag efge | ~A3B AG FG |
A3G EFGE |Add^c d2cd | eaag efge |
afge d2ed |1 cAGE ~D2 FG :|2 cAGE ~D2dB ||

Eleven comments

Floating Crowbar

I believe this tune to be a composition of BRENDAN McGLINCHEY,
the great Co. Armagh fiddler. He recorded it himself on a record he made on the Belfast "Outlet" recording label sometime in the 70s.

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Floating Crowbar

This has also been recorded by the Battlefield Band who say that it was a popular session tune in Scotland in the 80s

The Floating Crowbar

Arty McGlynn on the album "McGlynn’s Fancy" recorded the version of the tune I am trying to learn.
Before I start, I was wondering does anybody know the following, what guitar tuning he is using? Are there tabs available for this tune? Is it a hard one to master?
All help on this is appreciated, as I don’t have much time to learn it.

Small error ?

I had a look at this for tedtrad. I think there’s a small, but significant typo(?) here - the "b" note in the 5th bar of the 2nd part should be a "B". Otherwise, I think this is an accurate transcription. Difficult on guitar, I would think ( unless you’re Arty McGlynn, of course). Incidentally, "McGlynn’s Fancy" isn’t in the "Recordings" section yet. Maybe someone could remedy that?

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Closer To The Lunasa Version

X: 1
T: Floating Crowbar, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmix
|: dB|AD D2 AD D2 | AD D2 A2GF | EG G2 AGcG |EF F2 GABd |
AD D2 AD D2 | AD D2 G2FG |A3B cded |1 cAGE D2 dB :|2 cAGE D2 (3EFG ||
|: Add^c d2 (3B^cd | eaag efga |eA A2 AG (3EFG |A3G EFGE |
Add^c d2 (3B^cd | eaag efge |afge fded |1 cAGE D2 (3EFG :|2 cAGE D2dB ||
|:AD D2 AD D2 | AD D2 A2GF | EG G2 AGcG |EF F2 cBBA |
AD D2 AD D2 | AD D2 G2FG |A3B c4 |c2 cB cBAG ||
|: Add^c d2 (3B^cd | eaag efga |eA A2 AG (3EFG |A3G EFGE |
Add^c d2 (3B^cd | eaag efge |afge fded |1 cAGE D2 (3EFG :|2 cAGE D2dB ||

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From the other thread…

I spoke to Richie (brother of Finbar) Dwyer who said it’s one of Finbarr’s compositions. He (Richie) mentioned a Michael McMahon who was present when Finbar composed it.

According to Richie, Finbar has composed around thirty tunes. Some are pretty weird. Michael, another of Richie’s brothers, is another composer of "traditional" tunes.

Richie himself seems to sprout tunes.

The Floating C..

…has a floating C in it (for a mix major / mixolydian mood)

The Floating Crowbar, X:3

Here’s a simple setting that I play on the whistle, not unlike either of the above settings but maybe a little more basic. It’s a great tune to practice your cranns.