Dromey’s Fancy jig

Dromey’s Fancy has been added to 1 tune set.

Dromey's Fancy has been added to 8 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Dromey's Fancy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:A|Bef gfe|fed BAG|FDD ADD|A2 G FED|
[1Bef gfe|fed BAF|GEE BAF|GEE E2:|
[2EDE G2 A|BAB def|edB BAF|GEE E2||

Five comments

Another "Stray" (or is it a "Waif"?)

One more from Francis O’Neill’s "Waifs & Strays of Gaelic Melody". Of this particular tune he wrote:

"This catchy strain, which is a superior variant of "The Dancing Master" in O’Neill’s Dance Music of Ireland, was introduced to Chicagoans by John Dromey- an excellent fluter & amateur piper whose name it bears. Mr. Dromey who is yet hale and hearty was in his prime, a generation ago, the star of every Irish gathering. For as a traditional singer of Irish songs, he was unrivalled."

I did tweak this one a little to get it to sound "right"; O’Neill has the key signature as one sharp (E Minor), but when playing it back, the c naturals just didn’t sound right to my ear. So I added one sharp (E Dorian) & decided that it was the right way to go. Feel free to take the ABC’s & change it back to E Minor if you don’t believe me! I Won’t be offended…


<<which is a superior variant of "The Dancing Master" >>…
…depending which variant thereof you play!
The Dancing master is superior in my ear, even tho Dromey’s more unusual by having a low ‘turn’.

A variant of a variant, at that!

Point taken, birlbirdie. And besides, they’re both variants of what most people know as "The Swallowtail Jig", which is what I think most people will launch into upon hearing the "A" part anyway. I do like the "B" part, though- but as far as that making the tune "superior", I’ll leave that opinion to the good Captain!


Swallowtail Jig

I really like this variant, because I always enjoyed the A-part of the Swallowtail Jig, which unfortunately is followed by such a boring B-part… So Dromey’s fixes this deficit, I think.