Fading (The)

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FADING, THE. AKA and see "With a Fading." Irish, English; Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. The title of this Irish dance tune is a corruption of the Gaelic title "Rinnce Fada" (or Long Dance, which was danced before King James II, when he landed at Kinsale in 1689), a dance that survived into the 20th century in Cornwall, England, where it was known as "Faddy (The)." Chappell (1859) identifies the title as taken from the burden, or ending "tag," of a "popular Irish song...(which) gave the name to a dance." The air appears in Pills to Purge Melancholy (1707).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Time), vol. 2, 1859; pp. 104-105.

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