Barrel Rafferty

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BARREL RAFFERTY'S (JIG). AKA and see "Happy to Meet," "My Love in the Morning," "Wake Jig (The)." Irish, Jig. A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The title comes from the nickname of the flute-playing father of East Galway/New York flute player Mike Rafferty, whose lung capacity would fill a barrel.

A young Mike Raffety and his father, Barrel Rafferty at the family homestead, East Galway



Sources for notated versions: whistle player Tom Gaffey (east County Galway) [Breathnach]; New Jersey flute player Mike Rafferty, born in Ballinakill, Co. Galway, in 1926 [Harker].

Printed sources: Breathnach (CRÉ II), 1976; No. 82, p. 44 (appears as untitled single jig). Black (Music's the Very Best Thing), 1996; No. 321, p. 172. Harker (300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty), 2005; No. 170, p. 53.

Recorded sources: Kells Music 9509, Mike & Mary Rafferty - "The Dangerous Reel" (1996).




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