Cooley’s Reel is a traditional Irish fiddle tune in E minor. Nobody seems to exactly know who wrote the tune. Most likely it was composed by the accordionist Joe Mills before 1940. The tune is also known as “The Tulla Reel” and “Luttrell’s Pass”. It received the name “Cooley’s Reel” because of the accordionist Joe Cooley who was a member of the same band as Joe Mills. Joe Cooley liked the tune so much and played the tune so many times that the tune became associated with him.
My recording of Cooley’s Reel
Really hope you like my recording. It doesn’t have the triplets I heard in other recordings. It’s not in the sheet music I use. The sheet music I use is a simplified version for beginners. It’s supposed to be played at 100 bpm for a half note which is pretty fast. I managed to do it at 75 bpm. There were a couple of measures that were a real challenge and I’ve practiced them many times with different rhythms (dotted 8th note + 16th notes) to be able to speed things up. And endless times I have practiced with the metronome. So here is the result.
Like the previous fiddle songs that I’ve played, this one is also part of the book with the collection of 25 fiddle songs. It’s really a great book and definitely fun for beginners! And since it comes with MIDI files, one can change the speed of the accompaniment which I find very useful. I can’t manage yet to play it at full speed, so I just make the piano accompaniment slower and keep having fun.
Beautiful version on whistle
Found this beautiful version played on the whistle, very nice to dream away. Enjoy!