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.
And it’s duplicated https://thesession.org/tunes/2849.
Find another transcription here https://thesession.org/tunes/3209
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.