The Shoemaker’s Fancy jig

There are 9 recordings of this tune.

The Shoemaker’s Fancy appears in 4 other tune collections.

The Shoemaker’s Fancy has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Shoemaker's Fancy has been added to 37 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Shoemaker's Fancy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:B|GEE G2e|dBB dBA|GEF G2e|dBA A2B|
GEE GBe|dBB def|gba gfe|dBA A2:|
|:B|dBd gfe|dBB B2e|dBd gfe|dBA A2B|
dBd gfe|dBB def|gba gfe|dBA A2:|
X: 2
T: The Shoemaker's Fancy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:AG|FDD DFA|dcA A2G|fdd cAA|dcA Gag|
fdd edc|dcA d2e|f2f ded|cAF G:|
FG|cAA efd|cAB c2d|cAA efd|cAF G2B|
cAA f2d|cAB cde|fff ded|cAF G2B||
cAA efd|cAB c2d|eAA efd|cAF G2A|
cAA fed|cAB cde|fff ded|cAF G3||
X: 3
T: The Shoemaker's Fancy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FDE F2d|cAA Ade|~fef ded|cA[DF] G2:|
|:cAA fed|cAA A2B|cAA fed|cAF G2A|
cAA fed|cAA Ade|~fef ded|cA[DF] G2:|

Five comments

The Shoemaker’s Fancy (jig)

This little jig comes from John Blake and Lamond Gillespie’s flute and fiddle duet playing. According to the sleeve notes, John Blake found it in ‘Ceol,’ the magazine published by Breandan Breathnach, but there’s no information where the tune originally comes from. I only found that this is different from the jig titled “The Shoemaker’s Fancy” in Ceol Rince na hÉireann II.

Whatever the source, it’s a lovely old tune. It is played after Up Sligo (aka. the Creel of Turf) on the recording, but it goes nicely with the Apple in the Winter.

Re: The Shoemaker’s Fancy

This is in Breathnach’s CRE2 No. 6 from Eddie Maloney.

The Shoemaker’s Fancy, X:2

This is the Breathnach version in D Mix. It seems clear the two versions are related yet they are very different.
CRE2_6. [The Shoemaker’s Fancy] Eddie Moloney [flute], Kinvara, County Galway, VIII, 1960.

The Shoemaker’s Fancy, X:3

Here’s a version from John Skelton as played at the 2020 virtual Pipers’ Gathering. He indicated that it is in Dmaj, but I’m not sure. It has the two sharps but doesn’t quite sound major-ish to me. The double notes in the final bars of both the A and B parts are to indicate two options, aka variations. Likewise, the tilde over the penultimate bars in A and B show the option of a roll vrs. the fef shown.