Johnny's Gone to France (2)

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X:1 T:Johnny's Gone to France [2] T:Johnny Has Gone to France M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel S:O'Neill - Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems (1907), No. 674 Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G g2 fg dcAc|dBcA FGAF|dg{a}(3gfg dcA^c|dBcA dBcA| g2 fg dcAc|dBcA FGAF|dg{a}(3gfg dcA^c|dBcA BG G2|| dg{a}(3gfg gbag|fdcA FGAF|dg{a}(3gfg gbag|fdcA AG G2| g2 dg gbag|fdcA defg|(3aba ag fgag|fdcA AG G2||

JOHNNY'S GONE TO FRANCE [2] (Ata Seanin/Seaganin Imtigte Go Fraince/Frainnc). AKA and see "Sun behind the Glenties (The)." Irish, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (O'Neill/1001): AA'B (O'Neill/Krassen): AABB (Cole). "Sun behind the Glenties (The)" is the name for a County Donegal version of the tune.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - "McFadden" [O'Neill]. Chicago fiddler John McFadden was born around 1847 in the townland of Carrowmore, just north of Westport, County Mayo, into a musical family (his father and brother were also fiddlers). He did not read music but was a quick aural learner and had an enormous repertoire, and was a master of improvisation and variation. McFadden also composed tunes. O'Neill (Irish Minstrels and Musicians, p. 296) relates:

While visiting Sergt. (James) Early during a theatrical engagement in Chicago in 1911, "Patsy" Touhey, on the writer's suggestion, tried to learn "Hawk's Hornpipe" from McFadden. Phrase by phrase they progressed, Touhey submitting patiently to many minor changes according to "Mac's" fancy, until he thought he had the tune noted correctly. Then he played it, apparently in good style, but not to his preceptor's satisfaction evidently. "Let me show you, 'Patsy'," says "Mac", in a kindly tone, and swinging his bow again ran the tune over once or twice. "Why, man alive, that's not how you gave it to me at all! You've changed the tune again; I gues we'll let it go this time," exclaimed Touhey, as he started to play something else on his pipes.

The fiddler was known as an incorrigible practical joker, and whether Touhey was the victim of this predilection, or if McFadden was simply could not help but vary a tune, O'Neill does not say. McFadden died in 1913.

John McFadden

Printed sources : - Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 18. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 138 (appears as "Johnny Has Gone to France"). O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1437, p. 266. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 674, p. 120. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 41.

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