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Tune ID#510 (Dillon's Fancy)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Dillon'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 TnRadio (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Dillon's Fancy / Dillon's Favourite / Ríl Uí Dhiolúin / Dillons Reel / Ginny's Favorite (also in D or A, also singled) (compare 1st part distantly with 1st part of Dillon's Reel #6341)
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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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[TnRadio] Tuning the Radio. The Tulla Céilí Band.
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[McGrCool] McGreevy and Cooley. McGreevy and Cooley. John McGreevy (fiddle), Seamus Cooley (flute).
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[MCnnlly] Martin Connolly and Maureen Glynn. The Fort of Kincora. Martin Connolly (accordion), Maureen Glynn (piano, fiddle).
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[BF] Bards of a Feather. Homeward Way. Josh Culley (harp, whistle, flute, pipes, Highland pipes, accordion, recorder, guitar, bouzouki, bodhrán, Scottish snare, vocals), Susanna Perry (fiddle, vocals, recorder), Barry Gilmore (guitar, bouzouki, hammered dulcimer, vocals, bodhrán), David Heiser (guitar, vocals, concertina, bodhrán). For this tune: (fiddle).
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[JKn 3] James Keane. That's the Spirit. James Keane (accordion).
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[KC 1] Kevin Crawford. 'D' Flute Album. Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhrán). For this tune: (flute).
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[ST ES] Seamus Tansey. Easter Snow. Seamus Tansey (flute).
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[JB 4] Joe Burke, Charlie Lennon. The Bucks of Oranmore. Joe Burke (accordion), Charlie Lennon (piano).
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[GL1] The Dance Music of Ireland. Jigs and Reels. Kevin Crawford (flute).
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[CNea 1] Colin Nea. The Pure Box. Colin Nea (accordion). For this tune: with Joe Finn (pipes), Aidan McMahon (fiddle).
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[JFtg] Joe Fitzgerald. Hills of Clare. Joe Fitzgerald (accordion).
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[RBysFam] Randal Bays and Family. A Rake of Tunes. Randal Bays (fiddle), Susan Waters (fiddle), Willie Bays (flute), Owen Bays (concertina). For this tune: Willie (flute).
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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 #1272 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #540 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #85 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
As reel #180 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #307 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As reel #370 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [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