Lovely Nancy jig

Also known as Charlie Stewart.

There is 1 recording of a tune by this name.

Lovely Nancy has been added to 1 tune set.

Lovely Nancy has been added to 10 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Lovely Nancy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dBd g3| efg dBG | BGG dBG | FGA ABc |
dBd g3| efg dBG | cde dBG |1 FEF G2 B :|2 FEF G2 A ||
BGG dGG | eGG dGG | BGG dBG | FGA ABc |
BGG dGG | eGG d2 c | BAG AGA |1 BGG G2 A :|2 BGG G3 ||
# Added by Kenny .
X: 2
T: Lovely Nancy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
d|cee Ace|dfa ecA|def ecA|GBB B2d|dee efg|agf ecA|(f/g/a).f ecA|BAA A2:|
|:d|cAA eAA|(f/g/a).f ecA|cAA eAA|GBB B2d|cAA eAA|(f/g/a).f ecA|agf eac|B
|:cee a2e|faf ecA|def ecA|GBB B2e|
cee a2e|faf ecA|def ecA|BAA A3:|
|:cAA eAA|fAA eAA|cAA eAA|GBB B2e|
cAA eAA|fef efg|agf eAc|BAA A3:|

Four comments

Gan Ainm - anyone recognise it ?

First jig in a set of 3 from a cassette tape of a recording of students of the "West Clare School of Music", made in 1993. Searched here on some of the "abc" fragments but couldn’t find it - does anyone recognise it ?

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Could be this jig

I have tried to find a match in G with tunepal with no success. So I have tried in A, and I have got this as first choice:

X:165
T:Charlie Stewart
C:anon.
O:Ireland
B:Francis O’NeilL:"The Dance Music of Ireland" (1907) no. 165
R:Double jig
Z:Transcribed by Frank Nordberg - http://www.musicaviva.com
F:http://www.musicaviva.com/abc/tunes/ireland/oneill-1001/oneill-1001-0165.abc
M:6/8
L:1/8
K:A
d|cee Ace|dfa ecA|def ecA|GBB B2d|dee efg|agf ecA|(f/g/a).f ecA|BAA A2:|
|:d|cAA eAA|(f/g/a).f ecA|cAA eAA|GBB B2d|cAA eAA|(f/g/a).f ecA|agf eac|B
AA A2:|
W:
W:
W:From Musica Viva - http://www.musicaviva.com
W:the Internet center for free sheet music downloads.

It looks very much like an advanced version of the proposed tuned. I suspect that it was transposed and simplified for educational reasons …

Note that the 2nd choice from TunePal is :

X:5134
T:Charlie Mack’s
M:6/8
L:1/8
R:jig
K:Amaj
|:cee a2e|faf ecA|def ecA|GBB B2e|
cee a2e|faf ecA|def ecA|BAA A3:|
|:cAA eAA|fAA eAA|cAA eAA|GBB B2e|
cAA eAA|fef efg|agf eAc|BAA A3:|

Very similar too …

Emmanuel

Lovely Nancy

Kenny, I found one online ABC collection which identifies the A major setting of this exact tune as "Lovely Nancy":

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/djfoster/Tunebooks/MESS2.abc

The Charlie Stewart / Charlie Mack’s variant is in Ryan’s / Cole’s under the title "Prince Charles". Also listed as "Prince Charles [2]" in the Fiddler’s Companion.

I suspect these A settings started out as piping tunes in A Mix that were later prettified. The change to G is common enough when these A tunes move west to the next island. 🙂

The |cAA eAA| etc. figure also reminds me of The Tripper’s that I posted here a few months ago, and that you (Kenny) and I discussed at the time. But I suppose it’s a common enough figure not to make any assumptions.

Re: Lovely Nancy

I just found my setting in "G" in "Treoir" Issue #2 from 1990. Title was "Lovely Nancy", and it was sourced from John Maguire, father of fiddler Sean Maguire. I’ve changed the main title to "Lovely Nancy" and have "Charlie Stewart" [ which could suggest Scottish origins ] as the alternative title.
Glad I found it - I’d forgotten about this one.

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