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Tune ID#1767 (Showman's Fancy)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Showman'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 MG (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Showman's Fancy, The / Showman's Fancy / Rogha an Ealaíontóra / The Sweep's Hornpipe

cd Discography

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. Performers (instruments). Go to album
~195020#2
[MG] Milestone at the Garden. Irish Fiddle Masters from the 78 RPM Era. Kathleen Harrington (fiddle).
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196722#1
[FCssdy] Frank Cassidy. Níl Gar Ann! Frank Cassidy (fiddle).
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19996#1
[MCnnly] Mick Conneely. Selkie. Mick Conneely (fiddle, bouzouki).
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~20006#2
[CLnn 1] Charlie Lennon. Time for a Tune. Charlie Lennon (fiddle, piano, drum). For this tune: with Johnny Connolly (melodeon).
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20012#1
[JBC] Johnny B. Connolly. Bridgetown. Johnny B. Connolly (accordion).
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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 very similar to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #203 in volume 2 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #84 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." [available]
In [FMH] Tom Hastings. The Feis Musicians Handbook [sic].
On page 213 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As tune #270 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): 1927