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Tune ID#904 (Jack Coughlan's Fancy)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Jack Coughlan's Fancy about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JB 3 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Jack Coughlan's Fancy / Jack Coughlan's / Jack Coughlin's / Tommy Whelan's No. 7 / John Carty's (2nd in set The Wedding Reels on AKG 2) (also reversed parts; shifted by one beat on Dnu 3) (composed by Jack Coughlan)
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Discography cd

Here are all recordings of this tune considering only the indexed recordings. I have discovered by careful listening that these sources are in fact musically the same tune, regardless of the tune titles they use, key changes, retuning, etc.

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Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
~19611.30#1
[EMlny] Eddie Moloney. Eddie Moloney. Master Musician. Eddie Moloney (flute, fiddle, whistle, vocal). For this tune: (flute).
~19835#1
[JB 3] Joe Burke with Máire Ní Chathasaigh. The Tailor's Choice. Joe Burke (flute, whistle, accordion). For this tune: (flute).
~19917#1
~19955#3
[MMR 1] Mike and Mary Rafferty. The Dangerous Reel. Mike Rafferty (flute, whistle, pipes), Mary Rafferty (accordion, flute, whistle).
~19993#1
[Trc] Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin and Patrick Ourceau. Tracin'. Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin (concertina), Patrick Ourceau (fiddle). For this tune: (fiddle), (Bb/F concertina).
200111#1
[Dnu 3] Danú. All Things Considered. Tom Doorley (flute, whistle), Eamon Doorley (bouzouki, mandola), Brendan McCarthy (accordion, harmonica), Oisin MacAuley (fiddle, vocals, guitar), Jesse Smith (fiddle, viola), Noel Ryan (guitar), Donnchadh Gough (bodhrán, pipes), Ciarán Ó Gealbháin (vocals, piano accordion).
20059#1
[Drcht 2] Draíocht. Land's End. Michael Rooney (harp), June McCormack (flute).
~201015#2
[NcGvsky] NicGaviskey. Home away from Home. Sean Gavin (flute), Bernadette Nic Gabhann (fiddle), Caitlín Nic Gabhann (concertina), Sean McComiskey (accordion).
~20149#2
[AKG 2] Alan Kelly Gang. The Last Bell. Rathcoole Sessions. Alan Kelly (piano accordion), Steph Geremia (flute, vocals, saxophone, whistle), Alasdair White (fiddle), Tony Byrne (guitar), Manus Lunny (bouzouki, guitar, harmony vocals).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Humours of Loughrea
MMR 1
Michael Creamer's
NcGvsky
Patsy Hanley's
AKG 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Swallow's Nest
MV
Lady Gordon
Trc
Kilteery
Dnu 3
Mystery Reel
Drcht 2
Patsy Hanley's
NcGvsky
Cape Breton Wedding Reel No. 1
AKG 2

Bibliography

Here are all transcriptions of this tune considering only the indexed books, listed in chronological order. I have discovered by careful comparison that these are musical matches to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #139 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As reel #767 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
As tune #54 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [available]

If you are considering using the above transcriptions to help you learn this tune, I invite you to check these practical Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music. See also: So why do you bother indexing books and abc?

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1960