Old Favourite (The)
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OLD FAVOURITE, THE. AKA and see "Kilfenora Jig (2)," "Micko Doyle's Jig." Irish, Jig (6/8 time) or Slide (12/8 time). Ireland, County Clare. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Silberberg): AABB' (Boys of the Lough, Miller & Perron, Songer, Sullivan): AA'BB' (Mallinson). It has been suggested that the title derives from the name a pub, "The Favourite," in Holloway, North London, a rendezvous for Irish musicians and the location of the live Topic recording "Paddy in the Smoke." Source Mac Gabhann/Smith, however, says it is a jig from County Clare, where he learned it (Miller & Perron). Researcher Conor Ward finds a cognate version, the earliest yet known, in a music manuscript from the Duffy Family of Legga, Moyne, County Longford, transcribed c. 1930. In the ms. the jig is vehicle for the second figure of a quadrille set entitled "Spanish Schottische."
Sources for notated versions: A (Co.) Clare jig learned from fiddler Antóin Mac Gabhann/Tony Smith (County Cavan, lately removed to County Meath, Ireland) [Boys of the Lough, Miller & Perron]; John Keenan [Sullivan]; Laurie Andres [Silberberg].
Printed sources: Boys of the Lough, 1977; p. 26. Breathnach (CRÉ II), 1976; No. 67 (appears as untitled slide). Bulmer & Sharpley (Music from Ireland, vol. 4), 1976; No. 53. Mallinson (100 Enduring), 1995; No. 66, p. 28. Miller & Perron (Irish Traditional Fiddle Music, vol. 2), 1977; No. 65. Miller & Perron (Irish Traditional Fiddle Music), 2nd Edition, 2006; p. 29. Silberberg (Tunes I Learned at Tractor Tavern), 2002; p. 110. Songer (Portland Collection), 1997; p. 149. Sullivan (Session Tunes, vol. 3); No. 16, p. 6.
Recorded sources: Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann No. C18, Tony Smith - "From the Homes of Ireland" (1973. Various artists). Philo 1042, Boys of the Lough - "The Piper's Broken Finger" (1976). Transatlantic TRA 311, Boys of the Lough - "The Piper's Broken Finger." Green Linnett SIF1155, Martin Hayes - "Under the Moon" (appears as "Kilfenora Jig"). Green Linnett SIF3084, Four Men and a Dog - "Shifting Gravel" (appears as "Kilfenora Jig" in the key of A Major).
See also listings at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources 
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info 
Hear flute player Tony Smith play the tune at the Comhaltas Archive 
Hear fiddler Antoin Mac Gabhann play the tune at the Comhaltas Archive