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Tune ID#6042 (Sheik's Fancy)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Sheik'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 CPO (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Polka32AABB'D Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Sheik's Fancy, The (composed by Paddy O'Brien the elder, of Tipperary)
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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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[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
[CPO] Eileen O'Brien and Willie Fogarty. The Compositions of Paddy O'Brien. Eileen O'Brien (fiddle), Willie Fogarty (accordion).
[LFJW] Liam Farrell and Joe Whelan. They Sailed Away from Dublin Bay. Liam Farrell (banjo), Joe Whelan (accordion).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Humours of Bahrain
Played beforeOn Albums
Emir's Delight


According to my research, there are zero transcriptions that are musically very similar to this tune anywhere in the indexed books, regardless of tune title. Try my recommended links to other indexes if you need a transcription. To learn to play this tune, simply learn it from another musician or study the recording(s) listed above. See also: Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music.

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1993