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Tune ID#1256 (McGivney's Fancy)

Transcription of first 2 bars of McGivney'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 KOS (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBE Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
McGivney's Fancy / McGibbney's Fancy / Eamon McGivney's / McGibbney's Hornpipe / McGibney's Hornpipe / An Spealadóir / The Mower / The Cuckoo's Nest (compare same tune but in D Major as Mower #431; compare 1st part with song An Spealadóir #428; compare Jackie Tar #7486)
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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).
~19816#2
[KOS] James Kelly, Paddy O'Brien, Daithi Sproule. Traditional Music of Ireland. James Kelly (fiddle), Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Daithi Sproule (vocals, guitar). For this tune: Paddy O'Brien.
20013#1
[JCrv] John Creaven. The Story So Far. John Creaven (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
201314#1
[SunBanks] Edel Fox and Neill Byrne. The Sunny Banks. Edel Fox (concertina, fiddle), Neill Byrne (fiddle).
201511#2
[CplySt] Nathan Gourley and Joey Abarta. Copley Street. Nathan Gourley (fiddle), Joey Abarta (pipes). For this tune: (B pipes), (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Rights of Man
KOS
Pretty Maggie Morrissey
CplySt
Played beforeOn Albums
Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine
JCrv
Road to Eyries
SunBanks
Cronin's Hornpipe
CplySt

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 #238 in volume 2 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
On page 26 of [T] Fintan Vallely. Timber. The Flute Tutor. 2nd Edition. [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