Jim Conroy’s Jig
I got this tune off a wonderful, old-fashioned recording: The Branch Line by Jack and Charlie Coen (I posted it to the Recordings section). On The Branch Line, this jig is played solo by Jack Coen on flute, as the second tune in a set. The first tune, called John Conroy’s Jig, is better known as the Lilting Banshee (Jack keeps all the Es in the A-part low).
The second jig is a lovely tune, built around a few appregios. Although it lends itself to a good few rolls, Jack Coen doesn’t do much more than throw in a double-cut here or there and plays no rolls at all. Particularly in the A-part that makes you follow the flow of the tune more, I think.
I am curious to hear if anyone plays this particular jig or knows it by another name. The second part is a bit like Bride’s Favorite.
The Branch Line
The Branch Line by Jack and Charlie Coen is one
of my favourite albums.
I like a lot the track with the flings.
NOT “Jack Coen’s jig”???
This tune is called"Jack Coen’s jig" on abcnotation.com. But there’s another tune on The Branch Line called Jack Coen’s jig that is quite different. THAT jig doesn’t seem to appear on thesession. Did they just mess up over there at abcnotation?
Not necessarily wrong. Tune names like ‘Jack’s this’ or ‘Jim’s that’ often come from association with someone’s playing as much as composing. Jim Conroy was also a flute player (also from Woodford in East Galway). He and his brother Johnny were neighbours and Jim was a big influence on the young Jack’s flute playing around the time of the Second World War. Jack learned the tune from him. Like Mike Rafferty, who grew up nearby, Jack Coen moved to America after the war (might have been the same year?) and the tune with him. That might be whe it became associated with Jack rather than with Jim, and him having no name for it. Mike Rafferty called it Jim Conroy’s too and it’s transcribed in Lesl’s Harker’s first tune book I think. Don’t know if Mike had the tune from Jim Conroy in Woodford or from Jack Coen in America but ‘Jim Conroy’s’ seems like the better name for it anyway.