Jim Conroy’s Reel
From Jack and Charlie Coen’s The Branch Line. There are two tunes called Jim Conroy’s on the recording, one of them a jig which is already posted, and this reel.
Jim Conroy was a Galway flutist and a major influence on Jack Coen; many tunes in Jack’s repertoire came from Jim.
The A part of this tune is very similiar to "The Ballinafad Fancy"; try playing them back to back and see if you can keep them unsnarled—I’m working on it. :)
From Mary Macnamara’s "Traditional music from East Clare".
The tune is in F on the CD but have taken the liberty to transpose it up.(Have a go in F on anglo and see what you think).
Connie Hogan was a concertina player from Gurteen nr. Woodford, County Galway, whose music Mary got from Martin Rochford.
I think something is wrong with ABC. It should read |A3G E2DE| or |A3G E2D2|.
I heard this in a session recently and thought it was a weird version of Jimmy O’Reilly’s aka John Naughton’s https://thesession.org/tunes/1406, but the B-part’s a lot different. Must remember that it’s here in the database.
So, Jack and Charlie Coen recorded this as "Jim Conroy’s" and Mary MacNamara did it as "Connie Hogan’s." Jim Conroy is/was a flute player from Woodford as written above, and Connie Hogan was a concertina player from Gurteen near Woodford. Now, we know which part of Ireland this tune comes from.
A Woodford whistle player called Gerry Conroy played a great set of reels on Mary and Mike Rafferty’s "The Road from Ballinakill." He is probably a son of Jim.
By the way, second part is very similar to Harry Bradley’s version of Old Maid of Galway.