Mary O'Neill's Fancy

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X:1 T:Mary O'Neill's Fancy M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel S:O'Neill - Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems (1907), No. 556 Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G Bd|(3efg dB G2 {A}GF|DG {A}(3GFG DGGB|dBAB G2 GA|Be{f}ed efge| DBAB G2 {A}GF|DG {A}(3GFG DGGB|dBAB G2 GA|Be{f}ed e2||ze| dB {c}(3BAB dBge|dB {c}(3BAB d2 g2|dB {c}(3BAB g2 fg|(3efg dB A2 Bc| dB {c}(3BAB dBgf|edef g2 ga|(3bag af gefd|edef g2||



MARY O'NEILL'S FANCY (Rogha Iníon Uí Néill/Neill). AKA and see "Miss Mary O'Neill's Fancy," "Mouse behind the Dresser (The)." Irish, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. According to Nicholas Carolan (1997), this tune was named for a sister of fiddler Sergeant James O'Neill (originally from County Down and Belfast), Captain Francis O'Neill's chief collaborator for his Irish music collections. Chief O'Neill wrote in a letter to A.P. Graves that Mary was "quite skillful on the mandolin and violin." The tune is a variant of "Maude Millar." The first strain is also similar to "My Love is Fair and Handsome (1)" and "MacLean's Favorite."

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 112. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1291, p. 242. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 556, p. 103.

Recorded sources: -Gael-Linn Records, Declan Masterson - "Deireadh an Fhómhair/End of the Harvest" (2010). Shanachie Records, John Carty - "Yeah, That's All It Is" (2001). Jerry O'Sullivan - "The Invasion."



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