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KING'S FANCY. AKA and see "Blue Angel (The)." AKA - "Flying Crowbar (The)," "Liam King's," "King's Favorite." Irish, Jig. B Flat Major ('A' part) & G Minor ('B' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Miller & Perron/2006): AABB (McGuire & Keegan, O'Malley): AABB' (McNulty, Miller & Perron/1977). The composition is credited to Liam King [McConnell & Morton, Topic - 12T290, 1976], a piano player who lived in Belfast and Dublin, who titled it "Blue Angel", although the tune is often titled with some variation of his surname [thus the article 'The' in front of 'King' is incorrect]. Randy Miller notes the 'B' part is similar to the Cape Breton played jig "Champion Jig (The)." "The Flying Crowbar" is a later title that emerged out of session play, according to Cathal McConnell and Robin Morton (Topic - 12T290 - 1976).

Source for notated version: from a tape by fiddler Seán Maguire, as "Liam King's" [Luke O'Malley].

Printed sources: McGuire & Keegan (Irish Tunes by the 100, vol. 1), 1975; No. 8, p. 2. McNulty (Dance Music of Ireland), 1965; p. 19. Miller & Perron (Irish Traditional Fiddle Music), 1977; vol. 2, No. 17 (appears as "King's Favorite"). Miller & Perron (Irish Traditional Fiddle Music), 2nd Edition, 2006; p. 25. O'Malley (Luke O'Malley's Collection of Irish Music, vol. 1), 1976; No. 82, p. 41.

Recorded sources: Avoca 139, Seán Maguire (with the Four Star Quartet {Seán Maguire, William Power, Seán Cotter, Eileen Lane})--"Music of Ireland."

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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