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HARDIMAN'S FANCY. AKA - "Hardiman's." AKA and see "Derrane's," "Joe Derrane's Jig (2)," "Mulqueen's Favourite." Irish, Double Jig. D Major/Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (most versions): AA'BB (Harker/Rafferty). Jerry O'Brien's button accordion tutor (where the tune is given in the body of the music as "Hardiman's Jig" but in the frontspiece as "Hardiman's Fancy Jig") credits the tune to a Martin Hardiman of Chicago. O'Brien taught Boston box player Joe Derrane, and was his musical partner on the latter's early recordings (they recorded this tune c. 1950's). Philippe Varlet believes this tune to be a variant of "Shores of Lough Gowna (The)."

Sources for notated versions: accordion player Joe Derrane (Boston) and a Chicago fiddler named Martin Hardiman in the late 1940's [Black]; Danny O'Donnell, who said his version derived from the O'Beirne De Witt sponsored melodean collection printed in Boston [Feldman & O'Doherty]; fiddler Andrew Davie (b. 1928, Cloonagh, Mullaghroe, Keash) [Flaherty]; fiddler Danny O'Donnell (County Donegal) [Feldman & O'Doherty]; accordion and flute player Dermot Grogan, via New Jersey flute player Mike Rafferty, born in Ballinakill, Co. Galway, in 1926 [Harker].

Printed sources: Black (Music's the Very Best Thing), 1996; No. 202, p. 108. Feldman & O'Doherty (The Northern Fiddler), 1978; p. 182. Flaherty (Trip to Sligo), 1990; p. 114 (appears as "Unknown"). Harker (300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty), 2005; No. 235, p. 76. O'Brien (Jerry O'Brien's Accordion Instructor), 1949 (the collection from which O'Donnell learned the tune). Taylor (Through the Half-door), 1992; No. 59, p. 42.

Recorded sources: Shaskeen - "Atlantic Breeze." De Danann (appears as "Joe Derrane's").

See also listings at: Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [2]




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