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MASTER CROWLEY’s [1]. AKA and see "Bluebells (The)," "Crowley's Reel (3)," "Miss Patterson," "Miss Patterson's Slipper," "Shark's Favorite." Irish, Reel. Ireland, County Sligo. E Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Flaherty): AABB (Cranitch). An early recorded version was from the playing of fiddler Hugh Gillespie, originally from County Donegal, who was a student of Micheal Coleman in New York. This reel was the first of two he recorded in May, 1937, under the title "Master Crowley's Reels." Gillespie named several of his tunes for Irish music-loving hosts whose houses were always open to musicians to gather and play; hosts such as Con Crowley, Paddy Finley and Dick Cosgrove (according to Tony Engle and Tony Russell's liner notes of Topic 12T364). Engle and Russell note their were two such Crowleys.

Sources for notated versions: fiddler Fred Finn, 1919–1986 (Kiltycreen, Kilavil, County Sligo) [Flaherty]; sessions at the Regent Hotel, Leeds, England [Bulmer & Sharpley].

Printed sources: Bulmer & Sharpley (Music from Ireland, vol. 1), 1974; No. 44. Cranitch (The Irish Fiddle Book), 1996; No. 71, p. 152. Flaherty (Trip to Sligo), 1990; p. 77. Giblin (Collection of Traditional Irish Dance Music), 1928; no. 4.

Recorded sources: Claddagh CC13, Tommy Potts – "The Liffey Banks." Decca 12105 (78 RPM), Hugh Gillespie (1937). Green Linnet 1026, James Keane – "Roll Away the Reel World." Ossian OSS 006, Matt Cranitch – "Give it a Shtick." RMCD4321, Roger Landes – "Dragon Reels." Topic 12T364, Hugh Gillespie – "Classic Recordings of Irish Traditional Fiddle Music." James Keane (et al) – "The Big Squeeze."

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [2]
Hear Hugh Gillespie's recording at the Comhaltas Archive [3] and at Juneberry 78's [4]




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