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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"[1].


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - New Jersey flute player Mike Rafferty, born in Ballinakill, Co. Galway, in 1926 [Harker].

Printed sources : - Harker (300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty), 2005; No. 269, p. 83. McDermott (Allan's Irish Fiddler), c. 1920’s; No. 84, p. 21. O’Brien (Irish Folk Dance Music), 1952; No. 194. O’Malley (Luke O’Malley’s Collection of Irish Music, vol. 1), 1976, No. 150, p. 75. Roche (Collection of Traditional Irish Music, vol. 2) 1912; No. 203, p. 8.

Recorded sources : - Cló Iar-Chonnachta, CICD 148, Mick Conneely – “Selkie” (2001). Comer LP 01-396, Jimmy Shand & His Band - "A Welcome from Jimmy Shand" (1970). Copley 9-145-A (78 RPM), Joe Derrane with John Connors (late 1940's). Gael-Linn CEF132, Johnny O’Leary - “An Calmfhear/The Trooper” (1989. Appears latter tune in set "Hornpipe ui Chaoimh."). Joe Derrane, Jerry O'Brien & Bobby Gardiner - "The Masters Choice" (1996).

See also listing at :
Alan Snyder’s Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index [1]
Jane Keefer’s Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]
Alan Ng’s Irishtune.info [3]



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  1. Green Linnet GLCD 1015, Eugene O'Donnell with Mick Moloney - "Slow Airs & Set Dances" (1978).
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