At 03:44 PM 11/6/98 -0500, Brad Hurley wrote:
>Mayo fiddler John McGrath is credited with writing many fine tunes,
>including such well-known gems as The Providence Reel, Sean Sa Cheo, and
>Cooley's Reel (I've seen at least three different sources claimed for
>Cooley's, but believe some may have been referring to Cooley's hornpipe). I
>read somewhere in the last year that a relative of McGrath's near Dublin
>was putting together a collection of his tunes. Does anyone know whether it
>has been published?
"Cooley's Reel" is not one of them, to my knowledge, as it was penned by
Galway accordion player Joe Mills in 1938--he called it "Luttrell's Pass."
Mills and Cooley played together in the Aughrim Slopes Ceili Band.
Reportedly, Cooley liked the tune so much that he played it all over the
place and it became known under his name.
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