The Sligo Fancy hornpipe

Also known as The Flowers Of Antrim, The Marquis Of Lorne, Newry, Newry Highwayman.

There are 22 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Galway (a few times).

The Sligo Fancy has been added to 7 tune sets.

The Sligo Fancy has been added to 97 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Sligo Fancy
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(b>a)| g>fg>e B2e>d|c>Bc>A E2A>G|F>GA>B c>de>f|(3gba (3gfe d2 b>a|
g>fg>e B2e>d|c>Bc>A E2 (A>G)|F>GA>B c>de>f|g2b2g2:|
|:B>c|d>Bg>B d>gB>c|(3dcB g>B d2 c>B|c>Af>A c>fA>B|(3cBA f>A c2 (B>c)|
d>Bg>B d>gB>c|(3dcB g>Bd2 c>B|c>Aa>g f>de>f|g2b2g2:||
# Added by Atk .

Six comments

I am quite sure this is not the newry highwayman that solas plays.

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Definately not the same as Solas’… Then again the Solas track is a song with not much instrument melody in it?

I keep hearing a Dmaj setting of this with Cnats in the B-part in my local session. That setting seems to go by the name of McDermott’s #2. I was pleased to see it posted here: They’re obviously derivative of each other, but the versions aren’t compatible in a session, even if you transpose.

Another recording

This is also in Bill Brennan’s book/CD from Mel Bay: "Irish, Scottish & Border Melodies for Flatpicking Guitar." It’s the 2nd tune in a medley, with Proudlock’s Hornpipe. In Brennan’s book it’s called "The Marquis of Lorne."


Are the flowers of Antrim the elder blossoms? An trom = the elder tree.