“Lovely Nancy” - transcribed from the whistle playing of Sean/John McGuire senior
~ Father to fiddler Sean McGuire / Maguire
"SEAN MAGUIRE Senior was born 1889 at Mullagh-hoarn, Co. Cavan, learned to play the fiddle and flute from his father, a farmer, well respected locally for his music and as a player at local dances. His mother was Rose Brennan, who excelled as a "lilter" (making mouth-music). Sean’s sister, who went to America, played fiddle left-handed. Sean only once went over to England, when he travelled with Malachy Sweeney’s Ceilidhe Band in 1949. When recorded (by Peter Kennedy) in 1952 he was still working as a labourer at the Gas Dept. of Belfast Corporation."
“Lovely Nancy” - with a second ending…
T: Lovely Nancy
|: B/c/ |\
dBG g2 g | efg dBG | cde dBG | FAA A2 c |
dB/c/d g2 g | efg dBG | cde dBG | F^EF G2 :|
|: A |\
BGG dGG | eGG dGG | BGG dGD | FAA AA/B/c |
[1 BGG d2 G | eGG d2 c | BAG A^GA | BGF G2 :|
[2 dBd gbg | e/f/ge dBg | cde dBG | F^EF G2 |]
And from Bill Black’s Cape Irish site
T: Lovely Nancy (jig)
B | dBd g2g | efg dBG | BGG dGG | FAA ABc |
dBd g2g | efg dBG | cde dBG | FEF G2 :|
A | BGG dGG | eGG dGG | BGG dGG | FAA A2c |
BGG dGG | eGG d2c | BAG AGA | BGG G2 :|
Link found through JC’s tunefinder
All the best
Yes, from the Comhaltas magazine "Treoir". I was going to dig out my old copies to see which issue it was in and who actually did the original transcription and from which musician.
I’m also looking for earlier transcriptions for this, and any alternate titles or ‘relatives’… All help, as always, is welcome. Our copies of Treoir, for the moment, house chores, are packed deeply away in boxes under boxes. :-D
Lovely Nancy, X:4
Works well in D Major, yet all the other settings are in G Major.
Re: Lovely Nancy
If it was composed with a whistle in mind, Gmaj is the way to go for this tune. That might be why, Connor.