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Tune ID#1176 (Mac's Fancy)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Mac'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 DD 3 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBA Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Mac's Fancy / The Victor's Return / The Rover's Return / King William's Rambles / John Doherty's / John Doherty's Jig / Paddy Lyons' / Haugh's Jig / Any Auld Thing at All / Herlihy's Rant / Big Ned (for dance The Haymakers Jig in book MM) (mistakenly credited to John Herlihy on DMeehan) (also in E, also in Dorian, also as march) (The Highlander included here in O'Neill books has a somewhat different 2nd part)
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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).
~19801#1
[DD 3] Dé Danann. Mist Covered Mountain. Frankie Gavin (fiddle, viola, whistle), Jackie Daly (accordion), Charlie Piggott (banjo, mandolin, steel guitar), Alec Finn (bouzouki, mandocello, steel guitar), Johnny 'Ringo' McDonagh (bodhrán, bones). For this tune: (banjo), (mandolin).
198615#2
[MCnnlly] Martin Connolly and Maureen Glynn. The Fort of Kincora. Martin Connolly (accordion), Maureen Glynn (piano, fiddle). For this tune: with Maureen Glynn (fiddle).
~19931#2
[SnugBl] Paddy O'Brien, Jamie Gans, Daithi Sproule. Snug in the Blanket. Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Jamie Gans (fiddle), Daithi Sproule (guitar).
20008#1
[DMeehan] Danny Meehan. Navvy on the Shore. Danny Meehan (fiddle).
20099#1
[JDr 6] Joe Derrane. Grove Lane. Joe Derrane (accordion).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Guiry's Favorite
MCnnlly
Mike Hoban's
SnugBl
Played beforeOn Albums
Mist-Covered Mountain
DD 3
Humors of Castlecomer
SnugBl
Con Cassidy's
DMeehan
Monaghan Jig
JDr 6

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 #857 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #886 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #117 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #137 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #27 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." [available]
As tune #3 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
On page 34 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 38 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 176 of [NF] Allen Feldman. The Northern Fiddler. [available]
As misc #48 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As jig #49 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [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): 1903