Paddy Fahey's Jig (1)

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PADDY FAHY'S JIG [1] (Port Phádraig Uí Fhathaigh). AKA- “Paddy Fahey’s.” Irish, Double Jig. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABB (Breathnach): AA’BB’ (Taylor). Composed by Kilconnel, County Galway, fiddler Paddy Fahey [1] (b. 1926) who is not in the habit of naming his tunes, which are thus invariably called “Paddy Fahey’s.”

Paddy Fahey

Accordion player Joe Burke is said to have quipped “They’re all called ‘Paddy Fahey’s’ so you can easily tell one from the next.” It is supposedly reported by accordion player Joe Burke that Fahey said he named each of his tunes after himself so that there would be no mistaking who composed them! Fahey has composed over 70 melodies to date. See also the related “Bimid ag Ól.”

Sources for notated versions: fiddler Paddy Fahey, 1970 (Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, Ireland) [Breathnach]; set dance music recorded at Na Píobairí Uilleann, late 1980’s [Taylor].

Printed sources: Breathnach (CRÉ II), 1976; No. 4, p. 4. Ceol, vol. I, No. 4; p. 26. Flaherty (Trip to Sligo), 1990; 108. Taylor (Music for the Sets: Blue Book), 1995; p. 16.

Recorded sources: Green Linnet GLCD 1127, “Martin Hayes” (1993). Green Linnet GLCD 3009, Kevin Burke - "If the Cap Fits" (1978). Leader LEACD 2004, “Martin Byrnes” (1969).

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