Tansey’s Fancy jig

Also known as Seamus Tansey’s, Tansey’s Favourite.

There are 19 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Bride’s Favourite (a few times), The Graf Spee (a few times), The Liffey Banks (a few times) and The Shaskeen (a few times).

Tansey's Fancy has been added to 58 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Tansey's Fancy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:G2A|B3A3|BdB BAG|~B3 dcB|ABA DFA|
|:G2d|dcB gdB|GBd gdB|c2c ecA|GBd gdc|
~B3 ABA|GBd gdB|~A3 cBA|GFA:|

Ten comments

Bride’s Favorite

Source: Steeleye Span - "Below the Salt"
Transcription: g.m.p.

probably the first jig I learnt ( on my first plastic recorder )

A great tune

the first tune i learned on a mandolin and then tried to figure it out on fiddle way back when. thanks for the transcription

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Tansey’s - Steeleye Span notes at fault

Sorry to have to point this out. gianmarco’s been given a bum steer here. The tune he’s posted is the first of 2 jigs recorded by “Steeleye Span”, and he cites them as his source for this particular jig. The sleeve notes have the titles as
“ The Bride’s Favourite” followed by “Tansey’s Fancy”, but the tune titles have been reversed. This is not just my opinion - this is also stated in “The Fiddler’s Companion” website.
I’d be willing to bet good money that fiddler Peter Knight got these tunes from the playing of Seamus Tansey, [ if it’s OK to se that name these days !] as he’s on record as saying how much he admired the music of Sligo, and the flute players in particular. Tansey recorded these same 2 jigs on his “Green” album on the Leader label, but the first tune is titled “Tansey’s Favourite”, and has 2 parts. The second tune is “The Bride’s Favourite” and it has 3 parts.
It’s been suggested above that “The Brides” is merely a different setting of “Tansey’s”, but I do not think so, even though the similarities in the 2 tunes are obvious. Tansey himself gave them different titles, as does “The Fiddler’s Companion”, and Bulmer & Sharpley have both tunes listed separately in different volumes. I am of the opinion that these are 2 different tunes, and the titles should not be regarded as interchangeable.
So, this particular jig which Gian marco has posted is “Tansey’s Fancy/Favourite” and the “Bride’s Favourite” is not yet listed.
[ I’ve just posted it ]

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Tansey’s Favorite

Same as was done by John Carty "Last Nights’ Fun"?

Probably not

I wouldn’t think so. "Tansey’s Favourite" on "Last Night’s Fun" is coupled with the reel "The Heather Breeze", which would suggest that John Carty’s "Tansey’s Favourite" is a reel. The bould Seamus has more than 1 tune associated with his name.

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Don’t have Carty’s "Last Nights Fun" handy, however, I’ll point out that Carty, more than likely, is covering Paddy Killoran’s recording of "Tansey’s Favourite/Heathery Breeze" (which is available on on either Shanachie 33003, or the still in print, "From Ballymote To Brooklyn"


…since posting above 6 years ago, I’ve realised that the reel "Tansey’s Favourite" - mentioned above - does not in fact refer to Seamus, but another musician with the same surname. I seem to recall that Seamus himself pointed this out somewhere in one of his "Bardic Apostles of Inisfree" books. [ None of this has to do with the jig posted here - just thought I’d clarify things ].

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