Dillon’s Fancy reel

Also known as Dillan’s Favourite, Ginny’s Favorite.

There are 17 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Toss The Feathers (lots of times), The Maids In The Meadow (a few times) and The Bird In The Bush (a few times).

Dillon’s Fancy has been added to 2 tune sets.

Dillon's Fancy has been added to 50 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Dillon's Fancy
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DGGD ~G3A|Bdgd egdc|BDGB DGBG|A2BG AGEG|
DGGD ~G3A|Bdgd egdc|Bded g2eg|1 d2gd BGGE:|2 d2gd BGG2||
gd~d2 edBd|gbaf gfef|gdBd edBG|FGAB cdef|
g2fa gdBd|gbaf gfed|Bded g2eg|1 d2gd BGG2:|2 d2gd BGGE||

Five comments

Dillon’s Fancy

Learnt off Kevin Crawford’s ‘D’ Flute Album. It is sometimes confused with "Fisherman’s Farewell" on the same recording, but they are distinct tunes with similar openings. According to Fiddler’s Companion, it appears on several different tune collections, including O’Neill’s. And it seems to be a quite old tune which used to be played in various parts of Ireland, from Roscommon to Sliabh Luachra.

Dillon’s Fancy

So, does anybody occasionally hear this tune played in the local sessions? Or is it almost forgotten?

I can’t believe this wasn’t already here. Don’t hear it so much in sessions these days but I’m pretty sure a lot of people know the tune, its a nice one. Great on any instrument.

Ginny’s Favourite…

is the name of the tune listed on John McGreevey and Seamus Cooley’s self-titled duet recording. Sorry, no info about the tune.

Ginny’s Fave

The McGreevy & Cooley album cover says the tune comes from the repertoire of the Tulla Ceili Band, and is named on this recording for one of Seamus Cooley’s sisters.