Tuesday, 20 October 2015

The Cottage in the Grove (reel): Brendan (eile)

The Cottage in the Grove (reel)

Often known as Tommy Coen's or Coen's Memories, I was drawn to this reel after hearing Charlie Piggott on De Dannan's album Mist Covered Mountain (1980) - pure class!

Clare banjoist Kieran Hanrahan also has a nice version on his 1998 album - Kieran Hanrahan Plays the Irish Tenor Banjo (you won't get a more straightforward title than that). 

I also came across another nice, steady version on YouTube this afternoon by Conor Tulley, Frank Hogan and Seán Casey (on banjo), who is the son of the famous West Clare fiddle player Bobby Casey. 

The tune was composed by the East Galway fiddler and accordion player Tommy Coen (1910-1974), perhaps most famous for another well-known reel - Christmas Eve. 

And so onto my attempt, which goes eventually goes astray ...

 You'll find Sheet Music and ABC notation HERE. Gach bua agus ceol!

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