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X:1 T:Billy Taylor's Fancy M:C| L:1/8 R:Hornpipe S:O'Neill - Music of Ireland (1903), No. 1726 Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G D>F | G>AB>c d>Be>c | d>gf>g b>gd>B | (3cBA e>c (3BAG d>B | (3ABG (3FGE D>cB>A | G>AB>c d>ce>c | d>gf>g b>gd>B | (3cBA e>c (3BAG (3AGF | G>BA>F G2 :| |: (f>g) | a>g (3fge d>ef>g | (3agf (3gfe d>ef>g | (3agf (3bag (3agf (3gfe | d>gg>c (3BAG (3AGF | G>AB>c d>ce>c | d>gf>g b>gd>B | (3cBA e>c (3BAG (3AGF | G>BA>F G2 :||



BILLY TAYLOR'S FANCY. AKA and see "Constantine Hornpipe," "Man of War (1)," "Micky Connell's Hornpipe." Irish, Hornpipe. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Billy Taylor was an uilleann piper and pipe-maker, mentioned numerous times in Francis O'Neill's Irish Minstrels and Musicians (1913). Billy (1834-1981) and his half-brother Charlie emigrated to New York in 1872, and together made over thirty sets of pipes before their deaths in and their deaths. They experimented liberally with their creations, and are credited with helping to develop modern, concert pitch, and powerful instruments. Charley had mechanical aptitude but was not a musician; Billy, on the other hand, had a reputation as an excellent piper and teacher, and taught Patsy Touhey among others in New York.

See the related "Shanahan's Hornpipe"/"Hornpipe (26)" (in the first strain) and "Seán Ryan's Hornpipe (5)." See also County Cory uilleann piper Canon James Goodman's "Man of War (1)", entered into vol. 3 of his mid-19th century music manuscript collection, and his "Constantine Hornpipe" (related in the first strain).


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Mr. John Gillan of Chicago, a friend and informant of O'Neill, described as "genial" [O'Neill].

Printed sources : - Breathnach (Ceol Rince na hÉirreann vol. V), 1999; No. 216. O'Neill, 1976; p. 204. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1726, p. 321.

Recorded sources : - Shanachie 33001, Liam Walsh - "Wheels of the World. Classics of Irish Traditional Music" (1976).




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