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JACK COUGHLAN'S (REEL). AKA - "Jack Coughlan's Fancy," "John Carty's," "Kevin Crawford's." Irish, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Jack Coughlan, who composed the tune, was a flute player from Ballinakill, the same part of County Galway as Black's source, Mike Rafferty. Coughlan was a member of the 'new' Ballinakill Ceilí Band in the 1940's, according to Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin (1999), made up of the 'next' generation of traditional musicians, including flute and time whistle player Eddie Moloney, Aggie Whyte, Jack Coughlan and Kevin Moloney. In Breathnach's untitled version (from Eddie Moloney) the parts are reversed.
Source for notated version: flute player Eddie Moloney, County Galway [Breathnach]; Bill Black learned this tune at Mike Rafferty's retirement party in May 1989; New Jersey flute player Mike Rafferty, born in Ballinakill, Co. Galway, in 1926 [Harker].
Printed sources: Breathnach (CRÉ 2), 1976; No. 139, p. 75 (appears as untitled reel). Black (Music's the Very Best Thing), 1996; No. 67, p. 35. Harker (300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty), 2005; No. 54, p. 17.
Recorded sources: Celtic Crossings CD0299-02, Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin & Patrick Ourceau - "Tracin" (1999. Learned from a tape of flute player Eddie Moloney). Green Linnet SIF 1045, Joe Burke - "Tailor's Choice." "Joe and the Gabe." Kells KM 9509, Mike and Mary Rafferty - "The Dangerous Reel" (1996).