This 3-part jig came to me from the playing of Co. Armagh box and whistle-player Leo McCann, who lived for a few years in Aberdeen. I believe he might have learned it from a recording of Jacky Daly and Seamus & Manus McGuire, who recorded it as the group “Buttons & Bows” on the LP titled “The First Month Of Summer”.
This tune appears on Chris Droney’s "Flowing Tide", track no. 10, where it is simply referred to as "Three-part jig"
This is a tune I ‘learnt’ fairly early when starting out but no one else seemed to know it and I forgot about it soon enough. Then it popped up in a session recently and connected somewhere that I’d heard it before. Says I, that’s a nice tune, I must learn it - only to find when looking for a name, that I used to play it years ago! I’m sure this happens lots to other people - curious thing.
Jerry O’Brien only played the 1st two parts on his 78; piper Tom Ennis also recorded this jig and apparently he only had two as well, as a recording I have of a piper who learned it from Tom’s record (which I have no dub of) has only the 1st two as well.
The F nat note in the 4th bar of the 3rd part seems to be Button and Bows’s invention, others just dwell on the d at that point. Otherwise their setting is pretty much as others have it. O’Neill has a slightly different melody in the 3rd part 3rd bar too - bag fag instead of bgb afa.
Listen to Chris Droney play the tune: http://www.itma.ie/digitallibrary/sound/katies-fancy-droney
It’s followed by "The Boys of the Town" and "Paidin O Raifeartaigh."
Katie’s Fancy, X:2
Here is the version – just slightly different – of this lovely jig published in O’Neill’s Dance Music of Ireland - 1001 Gems (1907), p. 24, no. 46, as Katie’s Fancy, Roga Caitilin.
About the tune, the Fiddler’s Companion says :
“Nicholas Carolan (1997), in his biography of collector and compiler Captain Francis O’Neill, reviewed notes on how O’Neill said he happened to acquire this tune (which O’Neill briefly relates in Irish Folk Music, pg. 94-95), which he got from a Mr. Gillan, originally from County Longford, and then a retired businessman living in Chicago. It seems that Gillan was visiting his boyhood home in Ireland when he heard of a celebrated fiddler nearby, a Mr. Kennedy, who lived on a farm outside Ballinamore, County Leitrim. Kennedy himself had the tune from a travelling flute player, whom he overheard playing it in the street, though, by the time Kennedy caught up with him he had gone on to other tunes. Kennedy eventually had to go to the flute player’s lodgings and pay 4 pence to the fluter for the manuscript. Gillan obtained the tune from Kennedy, though when he returned to Chicago he kept the tune closely guarded, only allowing it to be played on special occasions for particular friends. Knowing of the existence of the tune, Chief O’Neill contrived with Gillan’s daughter who agreed to help him obtain it, and while O’Neill engaged Gillan in conversation, the daughter slipped upstairs and copied the melody, which she later gave to O’Neill. O’Neill made sure the tune was distributed to the Chicago Irish musical community, where it became quite popular.”