Crowley's #2

Story Behind The Tune

The two Crowley’s Reels were paired together by Michael Coleman on a 78 rpm in 1935. From that recording, they are always played together and commonly known as Crowley's Reels. Some think that Coleman named them after one of his associates in New York. Similarly, Donegal fiddler Hughie Gillespie also recorded two reels which he named Master Crowley’s. There were two Crowley brothers who came from Cork and worked in New York as uilleann-pipe makers. There was also a Master Crowley who was Coleman’s dance teacher.

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In this lesson, I spoke about ‘internalising’ the tune, ideally being able to hum the bones of the tune.

I talked about listening actively to other musicians and to the audio tracks. Over time, your listening develops. Tune your ear in and as you get better at this, and as your playing develops too, they grow together, and one helps the other.

That is what this website is all about - rhythm, flow, feeling. The notes are there to learn the tune but we’re trying to really learn about the rhythm and the music.

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Crowley’s No.1

Crowley’s No.2

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