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