Thady Casey’s Fancy reel

Also known as Burren No1, The Burren, Rogha Thaidhg U, The Star Of Kilkenny, Thady Casey’s, Tommy Flynn’s.

There are 22 recordings of this tune.

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Thady Casey’s Fancy appears in 2 other tune collections.

Thady Casey’s Fancy has been added to 3 tune sets.

Thady Casey's Fancy has been added to 67 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Thady Casey's Fancy
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
B2 BA B2 ed|B2 Ac BE ~E2|BAGA (3B^cd ef|gfed Bded|
B2 BA B2 ed|B2 Ac BE ~E2|BAGA (3B^cd ef|gfed (3Bcd ef|
g2 ge dB ~B2|dg ~g2 Bdef|g2 ga (3bag af|gfed (3Bcd ef|
g2 ge dB ~B2|dg ~g2 Bdef|g2 ga (3bag af|gfed Bded|
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X: 2
T: Thady Casey's Fancy
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:zd|BcAF G2GA|B2Ac Beed|BcAF G2ef|gefd Beed|
BcAF G2GA|B2Ac Beed|BcAF G2ef|{a}gefd e2:|
|:(ef)|gfga gdBd|gefd Beef|gfga bgaf|gefd Beef|
gfga gdBd|gefd Beef|gfga bgaf|1 gefd Be:|2 gefd Bee2||
# Added by ponad .
X: 3
T: Thady Casey's Fancy
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
B4 Bded|BdAd BE E2|BAGA Bdef|1 gfed Bded:|2 gfed Bdef||
|:g2 ge dB B2|dg g2 Bdef|g3 a bgaf|1 gfed Bdef:|2 gfed Bded||

Eight comments

Different version

|: zd | BcAF G2GA | B2Ac Beed | BcAF G2ef | gefd Beed |!
BcAF G2GA | B2Ac Beed | BcAF G2ef | {a}gefd e2 ::!
(ef) | gfga gdBd | gefd Beef | gfga bgaf | gefd Beef |!
gfga gdBd | gefd Beef | gfga bgaf | [1 gefd Be :| [2 gefd Bee2 |]

This is how I play it, and very close to the version in O’Neill’s 1001, #604.

The fiddler’s companion has this to say: A song written by Egan O’Rahilly on the occasion of the marriage of the Jacobite Lady Iveagh’s second daughter to Lord Kenmore in 1720, the Kilkenny star being, of course, the bride.

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Tom Morrison recorded another different version of this tune in the 20s. Its close to O’Neill’s opening bars but considerably different elsewhere. I haven’t learnt it fully so can’t submit the version myself but have a listen anyway.

Laurence Nugent’s "Windy Gap" seems to have an odd version of this tune with a completely different second part; its a good version though; wondering if anyone else knows the origin of this version

Nugent’s version….

Fit like, Niall ? Sleeve notes say he heard the reel from Sean McCusker, accordion player from Co.Tyrone. Most likely the McCusker fella, or whoever he learned it from himself, mixed up or "mis-remembered" the 2nd part of the tune. Larry Nugent’s recording is certainly the only occasion I’ve ever heard that particular version of the tune. Must say, I prefer the original, but I’m a huge fan of Larry Nugent’s playing.
A’ the best.

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Laurence Nugent’s version

Is like this one, but transposed to E dor:

tune-wise, his is way more familiar to me. In these here parts I’ve heard Laurence Nugent’s "An Gabhran" tune called Thaddy Casey’s repeatedly.

This tune is also on Kevin Burke’s "Hoof and Mouth" CD as part of track 2. The listing for that recording on this site has it as "James Keane’s" but it’s linked to the wrong tune.


My apologies to Osvaldo - I knew this reel was here already, but wrongly identified it as "Ambrose Moloney’s". I’ll correct the "comments" in the recording listing.

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