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DOUG MACMASTER'S. AKA and see "Fancy (The)." Canadian, Hornpipe. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB'. Paul Cranford wrote that he thought it likely the tune had an Irish provenance, and it is a version of the Irish "Gypsy Hornpipe (7)" or "Dan Sullivan's Favorite". However, the first strain is cognate with a hornpipe composed by W.B. Laybourn called "Fancy (The)", printed in Köhlers’ Violin Repository Book 1 (1881, p. 67). The Canadian arrangement and title, Cranford says, comes from a 1958 solo recording by MacMaster at the home of Doug and Peg MacMaster.

Source for notated version: Winston Fitzgerald (1914-1987, Cape Breton) [Cranford].

Printed sources: Cranford (Winston Fitzgerald), 1997; No. 49, p. 19.

Recorded sources:




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