Billy Taylor's Fancy
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BILLY TAYLOR'S FANCY. AKA and see "Micky Connell's Hornpipe." Irish, Hornpipe. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. See also the related "Shanahan's Hornpipe" and "Seán Ryan's Hornpipe (5)." 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.
Source for notated version: Mr. John Gillan of Chicago, a friend and informant of O'Neill, described as "genial" [O'Neill].
Printed sources: Breathnach (CRÉ V), 1999; No. 216. O'Neill, 1976; p. 204. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1726, p. 321.