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MORSE AVENUE. AKA – "John Whelan's Reel (2)." Irish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning. AAB (Flaherty): AA'BB' (Black, Harker/Rafferty). Composed by Chicago fiddler Liz Carroll and named after a street in the Rogers Park section of the north part of the city, where she used to live. Notation for the tune appears in the leaflet within the first album by the group Cherish the Ladies.
Sources for notated versions: fiddler Philip Duffy (b. 1966) [Flaherty]; New Jersey flute player Mike Rafferty, born in Ballinakill, Co. Galway, in 1926, who called it after his source, button accordion player John Whelan [Harker].
Black (Music's the Very Best Thing), 1996; No. 256, p. 137.
Flaherty (Trip to Sligo), 1990; p. 37 (appears as "Unknown").
Harker (300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty), 2005; No. 37, p. 12 (appears as "John Whelan's Reel").
Recorded sources: Lochshore CDLDL 1215, Croab Rua – "The More that's Said the Less the Better" (1992). Shanachie Records 79053, "Cherish the Ladies: Irish Women Musicians in America" (1995).
See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info