Carolan’s Fancy jig

Also known as Carolan’s Fancy, Castle Connors, Castletown Connor’s, The Castletown Connors, The Forget Me Not, The Galway Miner’s, Ned Coleman’s, O’Connell’s Welcome To Parliament, Tom Mulhair’s, Tommy Mulhair’s, Tommy Mulhaire’s, Tommy Mulhairs, Tommy Mulhare’s.

There are 32 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The House In The Glen (a few times) and Condon’s Frolics (a few times).

Carolan’s Fancy has been added to 4 tune sets.

Carolan's Fancy has been added to 130 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Carolan's Fancy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|: EDE G2A | BeB dBd | edB GAB | ABG AGD |
EDE G2A | BeB dBd | edB GAB | AGF G2B :|
|: ~d3 def | fge fdB | ~A3 ABd | egf e2f |
g2e fed | edB {f}~g3 | edB AGA | BGF G3 :|
X: 2
T: Carolan's Fancy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:E| EDE G2A | B2e dBd | edB GAB | ABA AGE |
EDE G2A | BeB dBd | edB GAB | AGF G2 :|
|:B | ded def | g2e fdB | ABA ABd | egf e2f |
g2e fed | edB g3 | edB AGA | BGF G2 :|
X: 3
T: Carolan's Fancy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
F|EDE G2A|Bde dBd|edB GAB|~A3 AGF|
EDE G2A|BAB dBd|edB GAB|AGF G2:|
B|ded def|gfe fdB|~A3 ABd|egf e2f|
g2e fed|edB ~g3|edB GAB|AGF G2B|
ded def|g2a fdB|~A3 ABd|egf e2f|
gfe fed|edB g2z|edB GAB|AGF G2||
X: 4
T: Carolan's Fancy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
Bee Bcd | ABG FED | GFG AGA | B2 A Bcd |
Bee Bcd | ABG FEF | DFA dAF | EFE E2A:|
BEF G2A | BAG FED | BEF G2A | B2A Bed |
BEF G2A | BAG FEF | DFA dAF | EFE E2A:|

Twenty-two comments

Rafferty’s Jig

I got this one from John Skelton (X-London-er now living in Kentucky {House Band Fame}) who’s both a great player & a great guy. He played it & my eyes lit up, I asked him about it & he said the name may be off. I think he said he learned it in NYC, or someone from NYC. I wanted to share it w/ you guys because it’s a great tune which should be played.

This is the second of a set of jigs that I learned from John Carty and Marcus Hernon, following "The Cat That Ate the Candle". John has recorded this set on his wonderful album with sensitive accompaniment by Brian McGrath. I used to regularly attend a session headed up by John and Marcus but unfortunately only recorded it a couple of times. I keep hoping that they would record an album together as they managed to make the unlikely combination of banjo and flute sound pretty good.

Rafferty’s key

This tune feels that it should really be in Eminor, with just one sharp.
Each of the 2 parts starts in Em, and resolves to G at the end.
The lack of a C(# or natural) in the tune doesn’t help!

Castletown Connors

I learned this tune a couple of days ago by myself and have been addicted to it. A few weeks ago I recorded Radio Ulster’s programme Culan through the internet and happened to come across Sligo fluter June McCormack’s lovely playing of this tune. It seems Robbie Hannon picked it up from her recent duet recording with a harper Michael Rooney. It’s an astonishingly beautiful playing of a lovely jig set. Though they didn’t have a proper name for it, it sounded really familiar to me. Then several days later, I remembered Alan Kelly and Brian McGrath recorded it in box and banjo duet, and got the correct title. And just a few days ago I found it’s also on John William’s solo album.

I love the combination of rather melancholic first half and somewhat cheerful second half of the tune. It’s a really lovely old-fashioned tune and should be played more. I’ll probably record it on Mighty Craic II.

Castletown Connors

Here is my interpretation of the tune. Some variaions are taken from June McCormack’s playing I mentioned above.

K: G
F|EDE G2A|Bde dBd|edB GAB|~A3 AGF|
EDE G2A|BAB dBd|edB GAB|AGF G2:|
B|ded def|gfe fdB|~A3 ABd|egf e2f|
g2e fed|edB ~g3|edB GAB|AGF G2B|
ded def|g2a fdB|~A3 ABd|egf e2f|
gfe fed|edB g2z|edB GAB|AGF G2||

Lovely, isn’t it? If you like Donnybrook Fair, you’ll love this one too.

The Forget Me Not

Here’s the name I have for this tune. I found "Castletown Connors" in Martin Mulvihill’s Collection to a different tune, here’s the abcs.

K:Edor
Bee Bcd | ABG FED | GFG AGA | B2 A Bcd |
Bee Bcd | ABG FEF | DFA dAF | EFE E2A:|
BEF G2A | BAG FED | BEF G2A | B2A Bed |
BEF G2A | BAG FEF | DFA dAF | EFE E2A:|

Jack, it’s already on this database. Gian Marco posted the Ador setting as "Condon’s Frolics." Well, I recorded that tune for Mighty Craic. I love both tunes.

Castletown Conners

June McCormack’s playing of this tune was on the air again. I recommend all of you to check it on the net in a few days. It’s in Radio Ulster’s programme "Culan."

Tommy Mulhaire’s is a great jig. I got it from this week’s Comhaltaslive programme and was coming here to post it only to discover it’s been on the site for some time!

It’s great to have a proper name for this; Josephine Marsh recorded it as "Carolan’s Fancy. " That’s a lovely setting of it on the Comhaltas video - thanks. I’d love to hear John Skelton play it too.

Castletown Connors (aka. Tommy Mulhaire’s)

Watch the Hurleys of Ballymote play this jig: http://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comhaltaslive_264_3_the_hurley_family

Their father Michael is actually from Leeds, West Yorkshire. I actually played this jig with Michael’s brother Des Hurley last year, during my short stay in the city. I did not expected he would play one of my favourite tunes!

I think there is a bit of confusion here. This is Tommy Mulhaire’s. Castletown Conners is a different tune. The confusion may have arisen because Shaskeen play the one after the other on at least two recordings

Misnamed, or not…

That’s what I’ve been thinking. John Carty calls this tune "Castletown Connors" on his first banjo album, and then Alan Kelly and Brian McGrath used the same title for it on "Fourmilehouse." However, it’s just a speculation. Fiddler’s Companion refers to two different musicians as possible composers, but the tune might predate them and has become associated with them later. Who knows the truth? And it’s not very unusual that more than one tune has the same title.

Anyway, I recently started to call this jig "Tommy Mulhaire’s" to avoid confusion. The jig which is often called "Castletown Connors" is this one: https://thesession.org/tunes/1244
It’s most often played in Edor, but pipers like to play it in Ador. And now fans of Dervish play it in Bm.

Tommy Mulhaire’s

According to Fiddler’s Companion, the title refers to Martin Mulhaire’s father, and both Martin and Tommy are cited as the possible composer of the tune. Considering they are from Eyrecourt, Co. Galway, it is definitely associated with the east part of Galway.

I once had a chance to play this jig with the fiddler Sheila O’Dowd in Sligo town. She played the Edor version of Condon’s Frolics after it, so I guess she learnt the two tunes from Shaskeen’s recording. It is one of the most beautiful memories from 4 years ago.

I agree, westcott; I prefer this tune E minor throughout, ending part one on E and even starting part 2 on e.

Aka

this tune is played alot in co antrim and is knowen well as "THE COW THAT ATE THE BLANKET"

John Carty recorded this tune and "the Cow that Ate the Blanket" together as a set years ago. Perhaps, that’s why the titles of the two tunes have got confused.