Mary O’Neill’s Fancy reel

Also known as Charlie Mulvihill’s No. 2, Mary O’Neil’s Fancy, Miss Mary O’Neill’s Fancy, Missy Mary O’Neil’s, The Mouse Behind The Dresser.

There are 10 recordings of a tune by this name.

Mary O’Neill’s Fancy has been added to 2 tune sets.

Mary O'Neill's Fancy has been added to 32 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Mary O'Neill's Fancy
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(3efg dB G2GE|DG~G2 EGBc|dBAB G2GA|Beed efge|
dBAB G2GE|DG~G2 EGBc|dBAB G2GA|Beed e2ge|
dB~B2 dBgB|dB~B2 d2ge|dB~B2 g2gd|egdB A2AB|
dB~B2 dBgf|edef g2ga|bgaf gfed|(3efg fa g2Bd||
X: 2
T: Mary O'Neill's Fancy
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d2Bd|:egdB ~G3B|D~G3 DGB2|dBAB ~G3A|Beed e2ge|
dBAB ~G3B|D~G3 DGB2|dBAB ~G3A|Beed e2ge|
|d~B3 d2ge|d~B3 d2ge|d2 Bd ~g3d|egdB ~A3B|
d~B3 d2gf|edef ~g3a|b2af gfed|egfa g2z d:||
# Added by LH .
X: 3
T: Mary O'Neill's Fancy
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
ge|dBAB ~G3E|DG~G2 DGBc|dBAB ~G3A|Beed eage|
dBAB ~G3E|DG~G2 DGBc|dBAB ~G3A|Beed e2:|
|:ge|dB~B2 dBge|dB~B2 ~d3e|dB~B2 gfgd|egdB A2Bc|
dB~B2 gB~B2|edef gfga|bgaf gfed|egfa gf:|
X: 4
T: Mary O'Neill's Fancy
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
ge|dBAB ~G3E|DG~G2 DGBc|dBAB ~G3A|Beed eage|
dBAB ~G3E|DG~G2 DGBc|dBAB ~G3A|Beed e2ge||
dB~B2 dBge|dB~B2 ~d3e|dB~B2 gfgd|egdB A2Bc|
dB~B2 gB~B2|edef gfga|bgaf gfed|egfa gf||
X: 5
T: Mary O'Neill's Fancy
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dBAB ~G2GE|DG~G2 DGGB|dBAB G2GA|Bee^d efge|
dBAB ~G2GE|DG~G2 DEGB|dBAB ~G2GA|Bee^d e2ge||
dB~B2 dBeB|dB~B2 d2ge|dB~B2 g2fg|efdB BAB^c|
dB~B2 ~g2fg|edef g2ga|(3bag (3agf gfed|(3efg af gfge||
dB~B2 dBeB|dB~B2 d2ge|dB~B2 ~g2fg|efdB ABc^c|
dB~B2 g2fg|e^def gfga|(3bag af gfed|(3efg af g2ge||

Twelve comments

Mary O’Neill’s Fancy

This is a transcription of the third tune of the first track of Kevin and Sean Maloney’s album ‘Bridging the Gap.’

It’s also very close to the version played by Jerry O’Sullivan on his album ‘The Invasion’

It seems named after Francis O’Neill’s daughter. Yeah, very nice one!

I believe the Moloneys got it off O’Neill’s. Do they mention the source in the notes?

The notes say the following: "The third tune Kevin recalls being played in his youth. It is in O’Neill’s Music of Ireland"

So, whether the Moloneys learned the tune from O’Neill’s is not something I can answer. Considering his age, he may have been familiar with the tune in the 1930’s and 40’s, but anything more is just speculation.

However, the transcription was taken from the recording, and not from O’Neill’s.

Slainte, there seem to ba a number of tunes in O’Neills named after Francis O’Neill’s relations. From what I’ve heard (and take this with a grain of salt) the Hornipipe ‘Kit O’Mahoney’s" and the reel "The Maid of Feakle" were named after his mother.

I read in Andrew Kuntz’ FC that according to Nicholas Carolan, Mary O’Neill’s was named for a sister of fiddler Sergeant James O’Neill, who was Captain Francis O’Neill’s chief collaborator.

Also that it was called The Mouse Behind the Dresser by the Shaskeen ceili band.

I have the tune like this from Mike Rafferty:

d2Bd|:egdB ~G3B|D~G3 DGB2|dBAB ~G3A|Beed e2ge|
dBAB ~G3B|D~G3 DGB2|dBAB ~G3A|Beed e2ge|
|d~B3 d2ge|d~B3 d2ge|d2 Bd ~g3d|egdB ~A3B|
d~B3 d2gf|edef ~g3a|b2af gfed|egfa g2z d:||

Lesl

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Shaskeen Setting

I just went thumbing through my Shaskeen transcriptions, and indeed in is called ‘The Mouse Behind the Dresser.’ Also, their setting is nearly identical to this one <insert sound of hand patting on one’s back>. I’ll add it as an alternate title.

It can be found in recorded version on their album (surprise) ‘The Mouse Behind The Dresser.’ I’ll check to see if it’s already in the Recordings section.

The transciption can be found in their book ‘The Corssroads Dance.’ I’d highly reccommend picking up any of the Shaskeen recordings or books. Great stuff.

Tim

X: 1
T: Mary O’Neill’s Fancy
S: Paul O’Shaughnessy & Harry Bradley - Born For Sport
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
ge|dBAB ~G3E|DG~G2 DGBc|dBAB ~G3A|Beed eage|
dBAB ~G3E|DG~G2 DGBc|dBAB ~G3A|Beed e2:|
|:ge|dB~B2 dBge|dB~B2 ~d3e|dB~B2 gfgd|egdB A2Bc|
dB~B2 gB~B2|edef gfga|bgaf gfed|egfa gf:|

Not quite sure why I put repeats in there. I must be tired..

X: 1
T: Mary O’Neill’s Fancy
S: Paul O’Shaughnessy & Harry Bradley - Born For Sport
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
ge|dBAB ~G3E|DG~G2 DGBc|dBAB ~G3A|Beed eage|
dBAB ~G3E|DG~G2 DGBc|dBAB ~G3A|Beed e2ge||
dB~B2 dBge|dB~B2 ~d3e|dB~B2 gfgd|egdB A2Bc|
dB~B2 gB~B2|edef gfga|bgaf gfed|egfa gf||