Chief O'Neill's Favorite
X:1 T:Chief O'Neill's Favorite M:C| L:1/8 R:Hornpipe S:O'Neill - Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems (1907), No. 806 Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D de|fefg afge|fdec dcAG|FEFD FGAB|cAdc A2 de| fefg afge|fdec dcAG|FEFD GBAG|F2D2D2:| |:DE|FEFD FGAB|cAdB cAGB|Adde fded|cAdc A2 de| fefg afge|fdec dcAG|FEFD GBAG|F2 D2D2:|| P:variation B part DE | =FEFG AGAB | =cBcd cAGc | Ad d2 fded | ^cAdc A2 ...
CHIEF O'NEILL'S FAVORITE (Roga an Taoisaig Uí Niall). AKA - "Chief O'Neill's Fancy." AKA and see "The Flowers of Ardigne," "The Flowers of Adrigole." Irish, Hornpipe. D Major (Moylan, Mulvihill): D Major/D Mixolydian (Brody, Cranitch, Williamson). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Captain Francis O'Neill was Chief of Police of Chicago in the early years of the 20th Century, and a flute player who compiled several extremely important collections of tunes from the Irish immigrant population who lived and visited the city. He obtained this tune from Edward Cronin, a fiddler originally from County Tipperary, who had no name for it and christened it after the Chief. O'Neill admired Cronin, who was a weaver and a machinest as well as a musician and composer, and obtained many tunes from him, including two originals ("The Bantry" and "Caroline O'Neill's Hornpipe") that he printed in Music of Ireland (1903). O'Neill says: "...he would play for hours at a time such tunes as memory presented, his features while so engaged remaining as set and impassive as the sphinx...It was his open boast that he never forgot nor forgave an injury..."
Some modern versions feature an 'f' and 'c' natural note in the second part, and it is played this way by older musicians in County Kerry, for example (Paul de Grae).