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WHELAN’S SOW. Irish, Jig. According to Bronx flute player Jack Coen (1925-2012), the jig was composed by east Galway flute player Tommy Whelan, a member of the Ballinakill Traditional Dance Players in the 1930’s. Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin (1999) says that Whelan and fiddler Stephen Moloney formed the basis of the old ‘Ballinakill sound’, based on a fiddle/flute blend. Both were supportive of younger musicians, says Gearóid, and both tended to credit each other when asked for the source of a particular tune. The tune is also associated with the playing of east Galway flute player Eddie Moloney. However, the Mulcahy family maintains the jig was the composition of Pat Whelan, a piper from County Wexford.
Source for notated version:
Recorded sources: Celtic Crossings CD0299-02, Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin & Patrick Ourceau – “Tracin” (1999. Learned from East Galway/Bronx, N.Y., flute player Jack Coen). Shanachie 78039, "The Mulcahy Family" (2000).
See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info