Sunday, 14 February 2016

The Crosses of Annagh (reel): Brendan (eile)

The Crosses of Annagh (reel)

The Crosses of Annagh (pub and village), West Clare.
 The Crosses of Annagh (Crosbhóithre an Eanaigh, más fearr leat) was composed by Galway's Tommy Coen (1910-1974), who is perhaps best remembered for another of his compositions: Christmas Eve (reel). Coen was born in the townland of Urraghry, a mile or so east of Aughrim, but moved with his family to Salthill in the late 1920s and worked as a conductor on Connemara buses. Coen began his musical career on the accordion but switched to the fiddle; when his health failed in his later years he returned to the accordion “putting his fiddle playing into the box" (Miller & Perron, 2006, Irish Traditional Fiddle Music).
Eddie Moloney (flute) & Tommy Coen (fiddle) & Eddie Moloney. Source: ITMA
As is the case with many traditional tunes, this reel goes by many names but the influential Matt Molloy named it the Crosses of Annagh on Matt Molloy, Paul Brady, Tommy Peoples (1977).

I have been at this tune a while and it seemed much faster when I was playing it but when played alongside the Molloy, Brady and People's version it is SLOW! More practice needed ...

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