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SHOWMAN'S FANCY. AKA and see “City Life,” “Londonbridge Hornpipe (The),” “O'Keeffe's Hornpipe (2),” "Sweep's Hornpipe (4)," “Violetta Hornpipe.” Irish, Hornpipe. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune appears under the titles “City Life—a Clog” and “Violetta” in Ryan’s Mammoth Collection (1883). The tune was recorded by James Morrison, Ed Reavy and others in the 78 RPM era, according to Philippe Varlet. An elaborate version of “Showman’s Fancy” appears in Boston button accordion player Jerry O’Brien’s Irish Folk Dance Music (1952), which is really three tunes in a medley; the first two parts are "Showman's Fancy", while parts three and four are a version of Frank Roche's “St. Johnston's." Similarly, Ulster fiddler Eugene O'Donnell incorporated "Showman's Fancy" into his recorded medley "The Derry Hornpipe".
- Green Linnet GLCD 1015, Eugene O'Donnell with Mick Moloney - "Slow Airs & Set Dances" (1978).