Crossing The Shannon reel

Also known as Across The Shannon, Ag Trasnú An -t-Sionnain, Cooley Crossing The Shannon, The Funny.

There are 17 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

Crossing The Shannon appears in 2 other tune collections.

Crossing The Shannon has been added to 12 tune sets.

Crossing The Shannon has been added to 117 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Crossing The Shannon
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:FG|Add2 AdFG|Ad~d2 fdBd|Add2 fdAF|G2FG EFGB|
Ad~d2 AdFG|Add2 fdBd|Adfa gefa|gece d2:|
|:FG|Ad~d2 fage|fage fdBd|Add2 fdAF|G2FG EFGB|
Ad~d2 fage|fage fdBd|Adfa gefa|gece d2:|
X: 2
T: Crossing The Shannon
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:FG|Ad d2 AdFd|Ad d2 fdBd|Ad d2 AdFd|AGFD EFGB|
Ad d2 AdFd|Ad d2 fdBd|Adfa gefa|gece d2:|
|:FG|Ad d2 fage|fage fdBd|Ad d2 AdFd|AGFD EFGB|
Ad d2 fage|fage fdBd|Adfa gefa|gece d2:|
# Added by JACKB .
X: 3
T: Crossing The Shannon
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:FG|A~d3 AGFG|A~d3 fdec|A~d3 ~A3B|AGFG E2FG|
A~d3 AGFG|A~d3 fdec|Adfa gefa|gece d2:|
|:FG|A~d3 fage|fage fdBd|A~d3 ~A3B|AGFG E2FG|
A~d3 fage|fage fdBd|Adfa gefa|gece d2:|
X: 4
T: Crossing The Shannon
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:FG|Ad Pd2 AdFd|Ad Pd2 fded|Ad Pd2 AdFd|PG2FG EFGE|
Ad Pd2 AdFd|Ad Pd2 fded|Adfa gefa|gece d2:|
|:FG|Ad Pd2 fage|fage fdBd|Ad Pd2 AdFd|PG2FG EFGE|
Ad Pd2 fage|fage fdBd|Adfa gefa|gece d2:|
X: 5
T: Crossing The Shannon
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:FG|Addd AdFG|Addd fdBd|Addd AdFA|AGFG E2FG|
Addd AdFG|Addd fdBd|Adfa gefa|gece d2:|
|:FG|Addd fage|fage fdBd|Addd AdFA|AGFG E2FG|
Addd fage|fage fdBd|Adfa gefa|gece d2:|

Fourteen comments

Just a thought on notes-

making the ‘c’ natural also sounds good

Additional info

I learned this tune in the key of C from the playing of the Kane Sisters. They play it after what sounds like a Fahy-ized version of Ed Reavy’s “Red Tom of the Hills” (almost all F’s totally natural in the A part).

They credit this tune as being composed by Paddy O’Brien (not sure which one they meant).

I’ve heard the B-part as Ad~d2 fage|f2df afdB|A…

Wrong tune

The “Crossing the Shannon” on Na Connerys isn’t this tune at all. Closest is the reel Man of the House.

Paddy Fahy

On the album by Brian Fitzgerald, Oisin MacDiarmada and Michael Rooney, the tune is attributed to Paddy Fahy. Apparently Fahy gave the tune to Joe Burke saying “it’s a funny kind of old thing and you might make something out of it”. Thus, it was christened the Funny Reel.

Cooley Crossing the Shannon

This is another title on it from Paul Bradley’s album. Cooley being indeed the great Joe Cooley.

I wonder where this tune came from … hhmm

this tune (the repeated d’s in it especially) sounds a bit like the chattering of the teeth of the swimmer who’s just reached the other bank


I seem to remember that the source of Oisin MacDiarmada’s information [ listed above by “52Paddy” ] came from this album. Unfortunately I no longer have it, so can’t check. Joe Burke would generally be regarded as an impeccable source of information on Irish traditional music.

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Re: Crossing The Shannon

Yes, the recording has it in C, but I moved it up to D - Easier for me anyway.

Funny Reel, X:4

This is Joe Burke’s version of Fahy’s “Funny Reel” that I posted a YouTube of below.

Re: Crossing The Shannon

Opening reel on James Keane’s Roll Away the Reel World album.

Crossing The Shannon, X:5

I learned this version from Páraic Mac Donnchadha at a banjo workshop he gave at Scoil Cheoil na Botha in 2018.