Morrison's Reel (1)
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MORRISON'S (REEL) . AKA and see "Dunmore Lasses (The)," "High Road to Sligo," "Road to Knock (1) (The)." Irish, Reel. E Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. The title refers to Galway flute player Tom Morrision (1889-1958), the 'Dunmore Flash' (who was from Glenamaddy, in the Dunmore area of Co. Galway), who recorded the melody on a 78 RPM in 1927. Morrison sometimes partnered with renowned south County Sligo fiddler Michael Coleman for duet recordings, however, in the case of this tune he recorded it with bodhran player John Reynolds, under the title "Dunmore Lasses (The)." It was the first tune in a set that included "Galway Rambler (The)" and "Castlebar Traveler (The)").
Three-time all-Ireland champion Irish flute player Paddy Carty (1929-1985, Loughrea, County Galway) recorded the tune as "Morrison's" on his 1975 Shanachie Records album. Carty was famous for his smooth, East Galway style of playing.
Source for notated version: New Jersey flute player Mike Rafferty, born in Ballinakill, Co. Galway, in 1926 [Harker].
Printed sources: Harker (300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty), 2005; No. 121, p. 37.
Recorded sources: Columbia 33210-F (78 RPM), Tom Morrison & John Reynolds (1927). Larrage LR090098, Mike and Mary Rafferty - "Old Fireside Music" (1998). Shanachie 29001, Paddy Carty - "Traditional Irish Music" (1975).