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DOOLEY'S FANCY (Roga Uí Dublaig). AKA and see "Diamond (1)." Irish, Reel. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (O'Neill/1850 & 1001): AA'B (O'Neill/Krassen). The first strain is shared with "Ferry Bridge Hornpipe."

Source for notated version: "McFaddem" [O'Neill]. Chicago fiddler John McFadden was born in the 1850's in the townland of Carrowmore, near Westport, County Mayo. His father and brother were also fiddlers, and although none could read music, they were skilled ear learners with a large repertoire. McFadden's own playing was constantly filled with variations, so that he never seemed to play a tune the same way twice. He also composed many tunes that found their way into Capt. O'Neill's volumes. O'Neill records that he was an incorrigible practical joker, which occasionally made relationships strained.

Printed sources: O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 139. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1439, p. 267. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 676, p. 120.

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