Tom Morrison's Reel
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TOM MORRISON’S REEL. AKA and see "Sweet Flowers of Milltown." Irish, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB’. The tune was recorded as a schottische on a 78 RPM in 1927 by Tom Morrison as “Sweet Flowers of Milltown,” and is a variant of the “Off to California (1)” family of tunes. 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.
In the latter 20th century "Tom Morrison's Reel" was popularized by the playing of fiddler Kevin Burke.