Mac’s Fancy jig

Also known as Any Auld Thing At All, Big Ned, Haugh’s, The Inverness, John Doherty’s, King Billy’s March, Lord MacDonald’s March To Harlaw, MacDonald Of The Isles, MacDonald Of The Isles March To Harlaw, MacGregor, Mack’s Fancy, March Of Donald Lord Of The Isles To The Battle Of Harlaw, Nóisean Ar Mac, O’Reilly’s, Paddy Lyon’s, Phil’s, The Rover’s Return, The Rovers Return, The Victor’s Return.

There are 38 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Mist On The Mountain (a few times), The Cliffs Of Moher (a few times), Clootie Dumplings (a few times), The Flowers Of Red Hill (a few times) and The Hillside (a few times).

Mac’s Fancy has been added to 11 tune sets.

Mac's Fancy has been added to 192 tunebooks.

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Ten settings

X: 1
T: Mac's Fancy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:eAA fed|eAA A2f|eAA gfe|dBG GBd|
eAA fed|eAA A2f|gag gfe|1 dBG GBd:|2 dBG GAB||
|:A2a aea|aea aec|Ace agf|gdB GAB|
A2a aea|aea aef|gag gfe|1 dBG GAB:|2 dBG GBd||
X: 2
T: Mac's Fancy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
a/f/|e>AA fed|e>AA a2f|e>AA fed|dGG g2f|
e>AA fed|e>AA a2f|gag f2e|dBG G2:|
:B|AAA a>AA|e>AA f>AA|B>GG a2f|
e>AA f>AA|e>AA fed|gag feg|dBG G2:|
:B|A/A/Aa aeg|aea aAB|A/A/Aa aef|gGd BAG|
A/A/Aa aeg|aea aef|a>AA e>AA|dBG G2||
X: 3
T: Mac's Fancy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|: (g/f/) | eAA fed | eAA f2d | eAA gfe | dBG Ggf |!
eAA fed | eAA f2d | agf gfe | dBG A2 ::!
B | A2a aba | gef gdB | A2a aba | gfe dcB |!
A2a aba | gef g2f | gfe efg | dBG A2 :|!
X: 4
T: Mac's Fancy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
Bcd | e3 Tfed | eAA Bcd |eAA gfe | dBG Bcd |
eAA Tfed | eAA Bcd | Tg3 gfe | dBG Bcd | e3 Tfed |
eAA Bcd |eAA gfe | dBG Bcd | eAA Tfed | eAA Bcd |
g3 Tgfe | dBG BdB | A2a aea | aea aea | A2a aef |
gfe dBG | A2a aea | aea aef | Tg3 gfe | dBG BdB |
A2a aea | aea aea | A2a aef | gfe dBG | A2a aea |
aea aef | A2a aef | Tg3 gfe | dBG BdB | G6 ||
a3 g3 | A2e e3 | A2e e3 | A2e e3 | G2 d d3 |
A2e e3 | A2e e3 | BAG c2 A | G2G z3 | A2e e3 |
A2e e3 | A2e e3 | G2 d d3 | A2e e3 | A2e e3 |
BAG c2A | G2G z3 | Ace A2e | A2e A2e | Ace A2e |
G3 G2G | Ace A2e | A2e A2e | BAG c2A | G2G z3 |
Ace A2e | A2e A2e | Ace A2e | G3 G2G | Ace A2e |
A2e A2e | Ace A2e | BAG c2A | G3 G3 | G6 ||
X: 5
T: Mac's Fancy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
e3 fed | eAA Bcd |eAA gfe | dBG Bcd |
eAA fed | eAA Bcd | g3 gfe | dBG :|
A2 a aea | aea aea | A2 a aef | gfe dBG |
A2 a aea | aea aef |1 g3 gfe | dBG :|
2 A2 a aef | g3 gfe | dBG BdB | G6 ||
a3 g3 | A2 e e3 | A2 e e3 | A2 e e3 |
G2 d d3 | A2 e e3 | A2 e e3 | BAG c2 A |
G2 G z3 | A2 e e3 | A2 e e3 | A2 e e3 |
G2 d d3 | A2 e e3 | A2 e e3 | BAG c2 A |
G2 G z3 | Ace A2 e | A2 e A2 e | Ace A2 e |
G3 G2 G | Ace A2 e | A2 e A2 e | BAG c2 A |
G2 G z3 | Ace A2 e | A2 e A2 e | Ace A2 e |
G3 G2 G | Ace A2 e | A2 e A2 e | Ace A2 e | BAG c2 A | G3 G3 | G6 ||
X: 6
T: Mac's Fancy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
e3 fed | eAA Bcd |eAA gfe | dBG Bcd |
eAA fed | eAA Bcd | g3 gfe | dBG :|
A2 a aea | aea aea | A2 a aef | gfe dBG |
A2 a aea | aea aef | g3 gfe | dBG :|
X: 7
T: Mac's Fancy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|: eAA BAB | eAA B^cd | eAA BAB | dBG GBd |
eAA BAB | eAA B^cd | egg gfe | dBG GBd :|
|: A2 a aea | aea aea | A2 a aef | ~g3 gfe |
A2 a aea | aea aef | ~g3 gfe | dBG GBd :|
X: 8
T: Mac's Fancy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
e3 fed | eAA Bcd |eAA gfe | dBG Bcd |
eAA fed | eAA Bcd | g3 gfe | dBG :|
A2 a aea | aea aea | A2 a aef | gfe dBG |
A2 a aea | aea aef | g3 gfe | dBG :|
A2 a aea | aea aef | g3 gfe | dBG BdB | A6 |]
X: 9
T: Mac's Fancy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
e3 fed | eAA Bcd |eAA gfe | dBG Bcd |
eAA fed | eAA Bcd | g3 gfe | dBG :|
A2 a aea | aea aea | A2 a aef | gfe dBG |
A2 a aea | aea aef | g3 gfe | dBG :|
A2 a aea | aea aef | g3 gfe | dBG BdB | A6 |]
X: 10
T: Mac's Fancy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
af|e>AA fed|e>AA a2f|e>AA fed|dGG g2f|
e>AA fed|e>AA a2f|gag f2e|dBG G<G:||
|:B|A<Aa aea|aea aec|A<Aa aef|gfe dcB|
A<Aa aea|aea aef|gag fge|eBG G<G:|
|:af|e>AA f>AA|e>AA a>AA|e>AA f>AA|B>GG a2f|
e>AA f>AA|e>AA fed|gag feg|dBG G<G:|
|:B|(3A/A/A/a aeg|ada aAB|(3A/A/A/a aef|gBd BAG|
(3A/A/A/a aeg|ada aef|g>AA e>AA|dBG G<G:|]

Twenty-three comments

Mac’s Fancy, aka The Rover’s Return

My setting has no C#s in the A-part, meaning that backers have the option of playing in Ador if they wish.

Great tune

I love this tune, but as I can’t play by ear and don’t know how to use the abc, is there any way that the dots can be added?

Cheers

Steve.

Patience, Steve, patience.

Humble thanks

Thank you Jeremy.

Ton up

Congratulations , Dow - I see you’ve just posted your 100th tune.
A good tune, too.

Posted by .

This tune has its origins in Scotland, as a 6/8 march, MacDonald of The Isles March to Harlaw. It’s Irish foster parents have stripped both tune and title to their bare essentials.

Here is the march as it appears in Ceol na Fidhle, Vol. IV:

M:6/8
K:Amix
a/f/|e>AA fed|e>AA a2f|e>AA fed|dGG g2f|
e>AA fed|e>AA a2f|gag f2e|dBG G2:|
:B|AAA a>AA|e>AA f>AA|B>GG a2f|
e>AA f>AA|e>AA fed|gag feg|dBG G2:|
:B|A/A/Aa aeg|aea aAB|A/A/Aa aef|gGd BAG|
A/A/Aa aeg|aea aef|a>AA e>AA|dBG G2||

MacDonald Of The Isles March To Harlaw

Thanks for posting that David. Just one thing though - is there a bar missing out of rhe 2nd part or is it meant to be like that?

O’Neill

This one is #137 in O’Neill’s Dance Music of Ireland and there called "The victor’s return".

From O’Neill’s

M:6/8
L:1/8
K:Amix
|: (g/f/) | eAA fed | eAA f2d | eAA gfe | dBG Ggf |!
eAA fed | eAA f2d | agf gfe | dBG A2 ::!
B | A2a aba | gef gdB | A2a aba | gfe dcB |!
A2a aba | gef g2f | gfe efg | dBG A2 :|!

Liz’ Jig

Found it on a piece of practise music written out long ago for Liz’ daughter by her recorder tutor. No idea of its original name.

It reminds me of "Brose and Butter."

“Mac’s Fancy” ~ DUPE-LICATION

Key signature: A Mixolydian
Submitted on March 28th 2004 by Dow.
https://thesession.org/tunes/2724

Here’s a slight cleanup on this weird offering ~ and it resolves on ‘A’, not ‘G’:

T: Liz’s ~ as if…
~ it isn’t Liz’s and a little basic research would have dug that up…
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: A Mixolydian
|: Bcd |
e3 fed | eAA Bcd |eAA gfe | dBG Bcd |
eAA fed | eAA Bcd | g3 gfe | dBG :|
|: BdB |
A2 a aea | aea aea | A2 a aef | gfe dBG |
A2 a aea | aea aef |1 g3 gfe | dBG :|
2 A2 a aef | g3 gfe | dBG BdB | G6 ||

The original transcription given here has an unnecessary extra two bars, allowing a long finish on ‘G6’, which does not resolve the tune properly. This may have been intended as a tail-off or close, something to finish the whole thing off with, after a few times through the melody, which I take as being 32 bars and not the weird rambling thing given here. This is a bad transcription, taken off a scratch piece of paper some music teacher had left behind, hardly qualifying as a trustworthy source. Does ‘rogerf’ or anyone else actually play this as given here?

This next bit seems to be some attempt at accompaniment? ~ a second part? It doesn’t come off as a ‘tune’, as there is little to support a decent melody in it. It may have been a teachers accompaniment to support the basic beat of the melody given above? ~ but, to repeat myself, it isn’t in C Major and it does not resolve on ‘G’ as given here. If it were C Major it would resolve on ‘C’, but enough of basics…:

a3 g3 | A2 e e3 | A2 e e3 | A2 e e3 |
G2 d d3 | A2 e e3 | A2 e e3 | BAG c2 A |
G2 G z3 | A2 e e3 | A2 e e3 | A2 e e3 |
G2 d d3 | A2 e e3 | A2 e e3 | BAG c2 A |
G2 G z3 | Ace A2 e | A2 e A2 e | Ace A2 e |
G3 G2 G | Ace A2 e | A2 e A2 e | BAG c2 A |
G2 G z3 | Ace A2 e | A2 e A2 e | Ace A2 e |
G3 G2 G | Ace A2 e | A2 e A2 e | Ace A2 e | BAG c2 A | G3 G3 | G6 ||

Hey, three extra measures, so it doesn’t quite line up with the earlier bars… Is that an overlap, so the accompanist gets to drag out that wrong G for another two beats? OUCH!

“Mac’s Fancy” ~ DUPE-LIFICATION

Here’s another transcript, cut from a very odd contribution, with the hopes that maybe that weirdness can go "POOF!""

https://thesession.org/tunes/4704
Submitted as "Liz’s" on July 10th 2005 by rogerf.

K: A Mixolydian
|: Bcd |
e3 fed | eAA Bcd |eAA gfe | dBG Bcd |
eAA fed | eAA Bcd | g3 gfe | dBG :|
|: BdB |
A2 a aea | aea aea | A2 a aef | gfe dBG |
A2 a aea | aea aef | g3 gfe | dBG :|

“Phils Jig” / “MacDonald Of The Isles March To Harlaw” ~ duplication rescue

Key signature: ~ Originally submitted as Adorian, which it isn’t, it is A Mixolydian
Submitted on May 13th 2006 by 52Paddy.
~ /tunes/5766

The following is trying to make sense of this duplication, which was a bit of a mess. The B-part in particular had too many bars and was off by a fraction of a beat, but it was different enough I thought I’d bring it forward, though it is quite similar to the one previous, from rogerf ~

X: 5
T: Phil’s
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: AMix
|: eAA BAB | eAA B^cd | eAA BAB | dBG GBd |
eAA BAB | eAA B^cd | egg gfe | dBG GBd :|
|: A2 a aea | aea aea | A2 a aef | ~g3 gfe |
A2 a aea | aea aef | ~g3 gfe | dBG GBd :|

& the notes from the previous ~ “Phil’s Jig”

Submitted on May 13th 2006 by 52Paddy.
~ /tunes/5766

Phil’s Jig ~ This is the first tune I’ve posted. I got Phil’s jig from a former banjo teacher and I havn’t heard it being played by anyone since and no one else in any session I went to seemed to know it.

For the first part, you can make those C#’s to C natural. Whatever takes your preference.

My teacher played the set Tenpenny Bit / Phil’s Jig / Lilting Banshee

A supposedly rare tune to add to your repoitore maybe?

Comments welcome (hope I made no mistakes!).

Have fun playing!

# Posted on May 13th 2006 by 52Paddy

Phil’s Jig ~ Ascribed to fiddler Phil Neil Boyle of Arranmore Island . It is a version of Mac Donald of the Isles March.

# Posted on May 15th 2006 by cruiser

Phil’s AKA Mist Covered Mountain
(‘c’ ~ which it ain’t!)

This tune, listed as "Phil’s Jig," can be heard in the Waltons 101 Fiddle Tunes collection.

Also it’s on "Rattling Banjo’s-100 Banjo Solo’s" with David McNevin playing it under the title "Mist Covered Mountain." (Not to be confused with the other tune by that name.) ~
(‘c’ ~ and obviously David McNevin was confused, or whoever wrote the notes…)

# Posted on July 14th 2007 by Chef Paul

“MacDonald Of The Isles March To Harlaw” / “Mac’s Fancy”

X: 1
T: MacDonald Of The Isles March To Harlaw
T: Mac’s Fancy
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: AMix
|: Bcd |\
e3 fed | eAA Bcd |eAA gfe | dBG Bcd |
eAA fed | eAA Bcd | g3 gfe | dBG :|
|: BdB |\
A2 a aea | aea aea | A2 a aef | gfe dBG |
A2 a aea | aea aef | g3 gfe | dBG :|

To end ~
A2 a aea | aea aef | g3 gfe | dBG BdB | A6 |]

“Mac’s Fancy” ~ DUPE-LIFICATION ~ a revisit

~ /tunes/4704
Submitted as "Liz’s" on July 10th 2005 by rogerf.

rogerf’s recorder arrangment reduced ~

X: 4
T: MacDonald Of The Isles March To Harlaw
T: Mac’s Fancy
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: AMix
|: Bcd |\
e3 fed | eAA Bcd |eAA gfe | dBG Bcd |
eAA fed | eAA Bcd | g3 gfe | dBG :|
|: BdB |\
A2 a aea | aea aea | A2 a aef | gfe dBG |
A2 a aea | aea aef | g3 gfe | dBG :|

To end ~
A2 a aea | aea aef | g3 gfe | dBG BdB | A6 |]

Liz’ Jig

Having returned to this post after a gap of several years i see there is a rather snide comment by caolachan about my submission. I had no idea the original top tune was Mac’s fancy and as an ingenue I had no way of finding out so thanks for that information. However I submitted it a s a duet which got mangled in the process and which might explain caolachan’s confusion. Some politeness on his part would have been welcome.

An ingenue, really? I’ve never met a girl named Roger before….

Roger, when you submit a tune here, it becomes a permanent part of the database (unless the web master deletes it). So consideration for accuracy and correctness in the abcs and title are appreciated. Given how badly you botched this, ceolachan *was* being polite.

Posted .

MacDonald Of The Isles March To Harlaw

My wife was playing this from a Scottish fiddle book but we couldn’t find it here so I’ve added it.

It’s an old tune with many names but most of the versions of these tunes miss the ornamentation of what is essentially a pipe march.

Re: MacDonald Of The Isles March To Harlaw

There’s another recording of the tune - apart from the one by Bonnie Rideout - Old Blind Dogs did it here - https://thesession.org/recordings/1678 Trouble is they use one of the alternative names - Lord MacDonald’s March To Harlaw.