Man of the House (The)

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MAN OF THE HOUSE, THE (An Fear a Tige). AKA and see "Carthy's," "Crossing the Shannon (2)," "Day I Met Tom Moylan (The)," "Ginley's Fancy," "Handsome Sally (1)," "McGinley's," "Merry Thatcher (The)," "Miss Kelly's Favourite," "Old Tom," "Paddy Carthy's Reel (2)," "Sally Grant," "Through the Heather," "Tom Ginley's." Irish, Reel. E Minor/E Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Cranitch, Mulvihill): AAB (O'Neill/1850 & 1001): AA'B (Armagh Piper's Club, O'Neill/Krassen). A popular session reel, popularized by the 1978 recording by Noel Hill and Tony Linnane. The alternate title "Ginley's Fancy" comes from Galway accordion player Joe Burke, who has helped popularize the tune in modern times. "Autumn Leaves" and "New Potatoes (The)" are related tunes, as are many (more or less closely) in the first strain. Accordion player Paddy O'Brien played the tune in 'D' minor. See also the cognate strain of Scottish fiddler-composer Duncan McKercher's "Right Honourable Lord Elcho (The)."

Source for notated version: a manuscript of music from County Cavan from the collection of Philip J. O'Reilly in Chicago [O'Neill]; John Clancy (Bronx) [Mulvihill].

Printed sources: Armagh Piper's Club (Play 50 Reels), 1982; No. 1, p. 3 (appears as "Paddy Carthy's Reel"). Breathnach (CRÉ III), 1986; Nos. 130, 131. Cranitch (Irish Fiddle Book), 1996; pg. 92. Mulvihill (1st Collection), 1986; No. 216, p. 58. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 131. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1398, p. 260. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 642, p. 115.

Recorded sources: Ossian OSS CD 130, Sliabh Notes - "Along Blackwater's Banks" (2002). Shanachie 34014, James Kelly, Paddy O'Brien & Daithi Sproule - "Traditional Music of Ireland" (1995). Tara CD 4011, Frankie Gavin - "Fierce Traditional." Patty Furlong - "Traditional Irish Music on the Button Accordion" (1999).

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

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