Fairy Reel (1) (The)
X:1 T:Fairy Reel  M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel K:D f2fd f2 fd| f2 fd cdeg| f2 fd gfed | cABc d3e | f2 fd f2fd | f2 fd cdeg | f2 fd gfed | cABc defg || a2af b2 ba| g2 ge a2ag| f2fa gfed | cABc defg | a2af b2ba | g2ge a2ag | f2fa gfed | cABc d3 ||
FAIRY REEL , THE. AKA and see "Daunse ny Farishyn," "Fairey Reel," "Fairy Dance," "Ferry Reel (Da)," "Fisher Laddie," "Haymakers," "Largo's Fairy Dance," "Jolly Banger (1) (The)," "Quick Scotch," "Reel Combiné," "Set canadien 1ère partie." Irish, Scottish; Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Taylor, Tubridy): AABB (Taylor, Tweed). See note for "Largo's Fairy Dance." "The Fairy Reel" is the name by which the tune is commonly known in Ireland, however, it was originally composed by Scottish fiddler-composer, bandleader and music publisher Nathaniel Gow and published as "Largo's Fairy Dance." The title appears in a list of tunes in his repertoire brought by Philip Goodman, the last professional and traditional piper in Farney, Louth, to the Feis Ceoil in Belfast in 1898 (Breathnach, 1997). The melody is associated with a specific dance in northeast County Donegal, a six-hand reel with four women and two men. See also the related "Spinner's Delight, the Shetland "Faery Dance" and the American Old-Time breakdown "Old Molly Hare." See also the Shetland version "Ferry Reel (Da)." See note for "Largo's Fairy Dance" for more.
The Fairy Reel is also the name of a country dance in Scotland and a ceili dance in Ireland, however, the movements of the dances bear no relation to one-another.