Sweet Flowers of Milltown

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X:1 T:Sweet Flowers of Milltown, The M:C| L:1/8 D:Conal O'Grada:The Top of Coom S:Sean Ryan, Minstrel's Fancy R:Schottische K:D ~G3B AGEF|GFGB d3d|edge dBAG|GAFG EFDE| G2GB AGEF|GFGB dGBd|e2ge dBAG|AGFA GDEF:|2 AGFA G2Bd|| ~g3z abaf|gage d2Bd|edge dBAG|GAFG EFD2| ~g3z ~a3f|~g3e dGBd|e2ge dBAG|AGFA G2Bd| ~g3z abaf|gage dGBd|edge dBAG|GAFG EFD2| ~G3B AGEF|GFGB d3d|edge dBAG|A2F2 G2z2|

SWEET FLOWERS OF MILLTOWN. AKA and see “Tom Morrison's Reel.” Irish, Schottische (cut time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA’B. "Sweet Flowers of Milltown" was recorded in New York in 1927 by flute player Tom Morrison for Columbia Records. Tom Morrison (1889-1958), the ‘Dunmore Flash’, was a flute player originally from near Whitepark, Glenamaddy, in the Dunmore area of north County Galway, who also played the tin whistle, accordion, and later the uilleann pipes. The son of a blacksmith, he emigrated to New York in 1909 at the age of 20, and was recorded in the early 78 RPM era, beginning in 1924 with duets with accordion player Peter Conlon. He also sometimes partnered with renowned fiddler Michael Coleman for duet recordings. Morrison's style is said to have been rhythmic and driving, reminiscent of old fifing styles. The melody is a variant of the “Off to California (1)]” family of tunes. It was recorded by Kevin Burke set as a reel on his 1982 recording “Portland” (appears as “Tom Morrison’s”). It is quite possible that McMahon's Reel, credited to Fermanagh-born flute player James McMahon, was derived from Morrison's schottische.

Additional notes

Recorded sources : - Topic TSCD602, (Ed. by Reg Hall) Tom Morrison – “Irish Dance Music” (1995. A reissue of the 1927 original). Conal O’Grada – “The Top of Coom.”

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