Fairy Reel (1) (The)

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X:1 T:Fairy Reel [1] 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 [1], 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.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - set dance music recorded at Na Píobairí Uilleann, late 1980's [Taylor].

Printed sources : - Breathnach (CRÉ III), 1986; No. 156. Cotter (Traditional Irish Tin Whistle Tutor), 1989; 74. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 27. Taylor (Music for the Sets: Blue Book), 1995; p. 28. Treoir (II, 5, p. 11 and VII, 4). Tubridy (Irish Traditional Music, Book Two), 1999; p. 22.

Recorded sources : - Cló Iar Chonnachta CICD 165, John Wynne & John McEvoy - "Pride of the West" (2007). Flying Fish FF70610, Robin Huw Bowen - "Telyn Berseiniol fy Ngwlad/Welsh Music on the Welsh Triple Harp" (1996. "From the playing of Nansi Richards 'Telynores Maldwyn', the person primarily responsible for the survival of the Triple Harp tradition to the present day"). Green Linnet GLCD 3002, Kevin Burke & Jackie Daly - "Eavesdropper" (1979).

See also listing at :
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]
Jane Keefer's Folk Music: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]



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