Princess Margaret's Fancy
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PRINCESS MARGARET'S FANCY. English, Jig. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. Both a dance and tune composed by Peter Kennedy (1922–2006) in 1949 in honor of Princess Margaret (1930-2002), only sibling of Queen Elizabeth II. She was President of the English Folk Song and Dance Society in the mid-20th century.
Kennedy, in whose 1951 book the tune appears, reportedly once tried to teach Princess Margaret to play the melodeon.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Kennedy (Fiddlers Tune Book, vol. 1), 1951; No. 100, p. 49.
Recorded sources: Folktrax FTX-323, The Haymakers' Band - "Everybody Swing: Community Dances" (1949. The band was led by Peter Kennedy). RCA Victor 57-5055 (45 RPM), The Haymakers' Band (1951).