Real McCoy (The)
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REAL McCOY, THE. Irish, Reel. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Composed by fiddler and pianist Josephine Keegan (b. 1935), of Mullaghbawn, south County Armagh. Named for a pub in Mullaghbawn, the home of a session, originally owned by a McCoy and retaining the name despite the ownership change. The name may also be familiar as the name of an American TV series in the 1960’s, but vernacular use of the term ‘Real McCoy’ started in America during prohibition, it is said, based on the reputation of the quality of McCoy’s bootleg liquor.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Keegan (The Keegan Tunes), 2002; p. 46.