McElligott's Fancy

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X:1 T:Hornpipe, A T:McElligott's Fancy M:C| L:1/8 R:Hornpipe S:Michael B. Shanhan S:P.D. Reidy music manuscript collection, London, 1890’s (No. 38) N:”Professor” Patrick Reidy of Castleisland was a dancing N:master engaged by the Gaelic League in London to teach N:dance classes. He introduced “Siege of Ennis” and “Walls N:of Limerick” ceili dances and wrote a treatise on dancing. N:Reidy told O’Neill that his source, Shanahan was a “celebrated N:violinist”, the son of a piper born in Kilrush, Co. Clare, with a N:great reputation in Kerry and Limerick in the 1860’s. It is unclear N:where Shanahan was in relation to his acquaintance with Reidy N:(i.e. in London or Ireland). F: Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D F>G|AFAc BGBd|AFAd f2 ed|ceaf edcd|(3efe (3dcB A2 FG| AFAc BGBd|AFAd f2 ed|ceaf edcd|e2d2d2:| |:e>f|gfed (3cde (3ABc|dcde f2 df|afge (3def (3Adf|(3efe (3dcB A2 FG| AFAc BGBd|AFAd f2 ed|ceaf edcd|e2 d2d2:|]

McELLIGOTT'S FANCY (Roga Mic Elligott). AKA and see "Buck From the Mountain (The)," "Clog du couronnement," "Minstrel's Fancy," "Pioneer Clog (The)," "Hanover Hornpipe." Irish, Hornpipe (whole or cut time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody can be found under a variety of titles, or as an untitled piece; there seems to have been no particular name that "stuck" for this piece, although widespread. "McElligott's Fancy" is the name Francis O'Neill used in his Music of Ireland (1903), named for his source. "Minstrel's Fancy" is the title the tune appeared under in both Ryan's Mannoth Collection (Boston, 1883) and Kerr's Merry Melodies (Glasgow, c. 1880's), published around the same time, and various other titles have been used, mostly idiosyncratic. The hornpipe appears as an untitled southwest Pennsylvania-collected clog in Samuel Bayard's Dance to the Fiddle, March to the Fife (1981; No. 416, pp. 395-396) collection, and as an untitled hornpipe in the 1890's music manuscript collection of "Professor" Patrick D. Reidy. Reidy was a London dancing master employed to teach dancing at Gaelic League functions, and was a correspondent of Francis O'Neill's. He sent O'Neill a music manuscript book around 1902 with thirty-nine dance tunes played by musicians who accompanied dancers.

The hornpipe was recorded as a reel by Montreal fiddlers Albert Allard in 1937 for Starr Records as "Clog du couronnement" (Cornoation Clog), and, set as a clog, by René Houlé in 1931 as "Clog du petit mousse."

The Irish Music Club, c. 1903. John McElligott is at the beginning of the 2nd row, extreme left (Father Dollard's hand is resting on his shoulder). Capt. Francis O'Neill is in the top row, 4th from the left.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - "McElligott" [O'Neill]. The source is not named in O'Neill's Irish Minstrels and Musicians (1913). However, fiddler John McElligott appears in a picture of the Irish Music Club of Chicago in the first years of the 20th century.

Printed sources : - O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1778, p. 331.

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