X:1 T:Billy's Fancy M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig S:M.E. Eames music manuscript book, frontispiece dated Aug. 22nd, 1859 (p. 79) S:http://archive.org/details/MEEamesBook N:Eames was perhaps from Philadelphia Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D A|AFA f2e|d2B BAF|AFA def|fee e2A| AFA f2e|d2B BAF|AFA BGB|cAc d2:| |:e|efe dcB|AFA g2g|fed efg|faa afd| efe dcB|AFA g2g|fed efg|fa[ce] d2:| |:A|FED FAG|FED FAF|GAB AGF|GEE E2A| FED FAG|FED FAF|GAB ABc|d3 d2:|]
BILLY'S FANCY. American, Jig (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. The tune was entered into the 1859 music manuscript collection of amateur musician M.E. Eames, who may have lived in Philadelphia (judging from some tune names in the collection). There several tunes that were entered into Eames' collection contiguously that appear in a similar order in Elias Howe's Musician's Omnibus Nos. 6 & 7 (Boston, 1880-1882) (see also "Gentleman Blacksmith (The)," "Lazy Trolloupe (The)", "French Fancy Dance"), indicating that Eames and Howe had them from the same page in an earlier, as yet unknown, source.