Jack O'Neill's Fancy

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X:1 T:Jack O'Neill's Fancy M:4/4 L:1/8 S:John E. O'Neill, Chicago Z:Paul Kinder R:Hornpipe K:G (3DEF|GFGA BAGF|E2 e2 (3efe dc|BGdB AB (3cBA|(3GFG BG DCB,D| GFGA BAGF|E2 e2 (3efe dc|BGdB AB (3cBA|GB (3AGF G2:| |:ba|gafg egba|(3gag (3fgf e2 ag|fgef dfag|(3fgf (3efe d2 ba| gafg egba|(3gag (3fgf e2 (3Bcd|1edef gfga|b2 e2 e2:|2edef gfga|bagf edBA||



JACK O'NEILL'S FANCY. AKA and see "Jim Coleman's (5)," "Morrison's Hornpipe," "Parker's Fancy," "Sweeney's Hornpipe (1)," "Sweep's Hornpipe (2) (The)." Irish, Hornpipe. Irish, Hornpipe. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB'. Fr. John Quinn suspects that the title references a brother of Francis O'Neill's transcriber and collaborator (on his early volumes), Chicago Police Sgt. James O'Neill, originally from Banbridge, Seapatrick, County Down. The "E." in Jack's proper name may be to distinguish him from their father, John O'Neill, who was born in the same area around 1837. John Sr. taught his children to play the fiddle and collected a huge repertoire of fiddle tunes[1] which he left to his son James. Unfortunately, almost all of James' manuscripts and papers (presumably including his father's collection) were kept in the basement of his home in Chicago and were destroyed when it flooded.

See note for "Morrison's Hornpipe" for more on this tune family.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - John 'Jack' E. O'Neill (Chicago) [O'Neill].

Printed sources : - O'Neill (Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody), 1922; No. 335.






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  1. See Nigel Boullier, Handed Down, 2013
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