Mrs. Crotty’s Christening reel

Also known as The Christening, Mrs. Crotty’s.

There are 11 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with John Brennan’s (a few times), The Mountain Top (a few times) and Mrs Crehan’s (a few times).

Mrs. Crotty’s Christening appears in 1 other tune collection.

Mrs. Crotty’s Christening has been added to 2 tune sets.

Mrs. Crotty's Christening has been added to 37 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: Mrs. Crotty's Christening
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
~d3B BAFA|A2 dF BAFA|BEED E2E2|(3Bcd ef gfec|
dedA BAFA|A2 dF BAFA|BEEF E2 E2|(3Bcd ef d2 Ad:|
d2 A~d3 Ad|d2 ef gecA|d2 A~d3 FA|B2 AF E2 fe|
d2 A~d3 Ad|d2 ef gecA|d2 A~d3 FA|B2 AF E2 E2:|
2
X: 2
T: Mrs. Crotty's Christening
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
~d3A BAFA|A2 dA BAFA|BEED E2E2|(3Bcd ef dBAB|
~d3A BAFA|ABdA BAFA|BEED E2 E2|(3Bcd ef d2 AB:|
d2 A~d3 Ad|d2 ef gecA|d2 Bd Adfa |bgef gefe |
d2 A~d3 Ad|d2 ef gecA|d2 A~d3 FA|bgef g2 fe:|
3
X: 3
T: Mrs. Crotty's Christening
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
~d3A BAFB|ABBA BAFA|BEED ~E3A|(3Bcd ec dcBA|
~d3A BAFB|ABBA BAFA|BEED ~E3A|(3Bcd ec d2 (3ABc||
~d2 fd Adfd|~d2 ef gfec|d2 fd Adfa|bfaf gfec|
~d2 fd Adfd|~d2 ef gfec|~d2 fd Adfa|bfaf gfec||

Five comments

This is the second tune in a set on John Williams first CD with The Reel with a Birl and Bothar na Sop. He plays these with Micho Russell.

Mrs Crotty’s

The tune by this name on Paul Bradley’s Atlantic Roar is a jig

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Re: Mrs. Crotty’s Christening

One thing I like about this tune, at least the version by the Chieftains, is that excluding that long ‘d’ at the start of the tune, the first two and a half measures are like the first two of "The Bucks of Oranmore" played a beat later. It can sound a lot like "The Bucks" when you’re starting it, if you do it a certain way. I just think it’s interesting how some (possibly unrelated) tunes sound so similar when they go through transformations like this. Another pair I think of off-hand is "The Glen Allen" vs. "The Bag of Spuds" or (second part, at least) "Down the Broom".

Mrs. Crotty’s Christening, X:2

From Tony O’Connell & Any Morrow’s album track 11

Mrs. Crotty’s Christening, X:3

Played as a driving single reel in the ’70s by one or more of Tommy Peoples/Cathal McConnell/De Danann, my memory is hazy as to which (and I’ve forgotten how to put in grace notes, as well).
I enjoy dropping into the solid pulse of this after a more "floaty" tune ending on e, such as The Humours of Lissadel or Johnson’s.