X:1 T:Coursing, The M:C L:1/8 R:Reel N:c.f. Grier Book 2, No. 134 (untitled reel) S:James Goodman (1828─1896) music manuscript collection, S:vol. 3, p. 127. Mid-19th century, County Cork Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G dBBG AGEG|AcBG A2 Bc|dBBG AGEG|GcBA GABc| dBBG AGEG|AcBG A2 Bc|dBBG AGEG|AcBA G2|| g3d ed d2|eaag a2 ef|g2 ge e2 dB|AcBA BG G2| g2 ge ed d2|eaag a2 ef|g2 ge d2 dB|AcBA GABc!D.C.!||
COURSING, THE. Irish, Reel (whole time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The tune appears in the large mid-19th century music manuscript collection of County Cork cleric and uilleann piper Canon James Goodman. Hugh and Lisa Shield find the first strain of "The Coursing" cognate with the first strains of "For the Sake of Old Decency," "Farewell to Old Decency," and "Maid of Feakle (The)." County Leitrim fiddler and piper Stephen Grier (c. 1824-1894) entered a version as an untitled reel (No. 134) in Book 2 of his large c. 1883 music manuscript collection.