A while back I ran across this tune https://thesession.org/tunes/3748
"Because He Was Bonny Lad" submitted by snowyowl
And noticed the similarities to "Nancy." Nancy was collected in SW Pennsylvania and Northern WV and probably isnt played by anyone there these days.
While exploring the origins of Nancy, I found some sheet music and midi from a song from the Civil War era called "Nancy Fat." It is NOT the same melody, not even close. In fact it was a worthless melody in my opinion.
Is your Nancy (from SW Penn etc) the same as this Nancy https://thesession.org/tunes/3471
a NE (English) tune played at great speed - often too fast for me - at a couple of the mixed sessions that I go to.
Id say its a different tune altogether with some rhythmic similarities here and there.
I wanted to also post this little bit of info: from ceolas fiddlers comp. and the collector Bayard as well.
"A very similar tune, part of "The Lancers," was recorded by Bayard (1981, Appendix No. 41, pg. 590) from a fiddler from Prince Edward Island, Canada."
I have that transcription and its the same tune with a few differences. Anyone into the PEI tunes that could comment on whether this tune is still in the tradition there or has it vanished and thanks to Bayard we have something salvaged here?