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X:1 T:Hornpipe M:C| L:1/8 N:A version of "Fancy Fair" S:James Goodman (1828─1896) music manuscript collection, S:vol. 3, p. 173. Mid-19th century, County Cork Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G dc|BdcA BGAF|G2 g2g2 ag|fgag fedc|c4 B2 dc| BdcA BGAF|G2 b2b2 ag|fage fde^c|d2d2d2:| |:dc|Bdfa bgdB|c2a2a2 cB|Aefg afdc|B2 g2g2e2| fafd gbge|fafd gedc|Bgec BGAF|G2G2G2:|]

FANCY FAIR, THE (An Aonac Rogaide/Rogain). AKA and see "Dancer at the Fair," "Man of War (2)." Irish, Hornpipe. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune was recorded on 78 RPM in Dublin in 1931 by the Fingal Trio (James Ennis - uilleann pipes, John Cawley - flute, Frank O'Higgins - fiddle). It was called "Dance at the Fair" on that Columbia release. Piper Ennis was the father of Séamus Ennis (1919-1982), one of the most famous uilleann pipers, singers and folk music collectors of the 20th century. A version of the tune appears in the large mid-19th century music manuscript collection of County Cork cleric and uilleann piper Canon James Goodman as an untitled hornpipe.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Chicago piper John Ennis, originally from County Kildare [O'Neill].

Printed sources : - McGuire & Keegan (Irish Tunes by the 100), 1975; No. 75, p. 20. O'Neill (O'Neill's Irish Music), 1915; No. 344, p. 169. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 209. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1749, p. 325. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 922, p. 158.

Recorded sources : - Rounder 1087, The Fingal Trio - "From Galway to Dublin: Early Irish Traditional Music" (1992. A reissue of the 1931 original).

See also listing at :
Alan Ng's [1]
Comhaltas Archive [2]

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