The Fair Wind reel

Also known as A Fair Wind, An Bóthar Garbh, Bóthar Garbh, Flanagan’s Favourite, Maeve’s Return, Mulhaire’s, Rough Road, The Rough Road, The West Clare.

There are 55 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Abbey (a few times), Dan Breen’s (a few times), Miss Monaghan (a few times).

The Fair Wind has been added to 113 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Fair Wind
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: A3E A3B | cBAB cBBc | A3E A2AB |1 cBAF FEEE :|2 cBAF FEE2 ||
|: ceec A3B | c2ec dBBd | ceec A2AB |1 cABF FEEd :|2 cBAF FEE2 ||
|: AFFF d3B | cBAB cBBc |1 AFFF d2dB | cBAF FEE2 :|2 ce3 f2ec | BdcA BAFE ||
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X: 2
T: The Fair Wind
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: E | G2GG G3A | BAGA BAAB | G2GG G3A | BAGE EDD :|
|: A | BddB G3A | BddB cA~A2 | BddB G3A | BAGE EDD :|
|: E | GE~E2 c3A | BddB AcBA | GE~E2 c3A | BAGE EDD :|
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X: 3
T: The Fair Wind
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: B | d3d/d/ d3e | fede feef | d3d/d/ d3e | fedB BAA :|
|: e | faaf d3e | faaf ge~e2 | faaf d3e | fedB BAA :|
|: B | dB~B2 g3e | faaf egfe | dB~B2 g3e | fedB BAA :|
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X: 4
T: The Fair Wind
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: A3E A3B | cBAB cB B2 | A3E A3B | cBAF FE E2 :||
|: ceec A3B | ceec dBBd | ceec A3B |1 cAAF FEEd :|2 cBAF FE E2 ||
|: AF F2 d3B | cBAB cB B2 | AF F2 d3B | cBAF FE E2 :||
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Ten comments

This is Tamalin’s version to Fair Wind; Dervish also play in their "Out on the Road" set- it’s the third tune, after Repeal of the Union. They play it in G major, I think, and slightly different. But I prefer the John McSherry way, so… :-) Enjoy!

Fair Wind

Good tune, I learned this in G. A works just as well. A real nice rattler on the Banjo.

sounds a lot like "Rip the Calico", doesn’t it?

Err…so much so that I think it *is* Tear the Calico…well spotted!

This does sound like Rip the Calico and yet definately is NOT Rip/Tear the Calico, at least not the Calico version the Bothy Band played.

The C-part of Fair Wind is the same as the B-Part in Rip the Calico, the other parts are different.

Compare: http://www.thesession.org/tunes/719

(The Fair WInd is also on Danu’s "Danu" album after Joe Bane’s.)

A fun tune, It also appears on "Midsummers Night" by dervish

Maeve’s Return

We play this tune in G at our sessions in Wellington (NZ) but know it as Maeve’s Return… slight variation but pretty much the same.

Tannahill Weavers setting and more tune names

I learned this tune from the Tannahill Weavers recording under the name "Mulhaire’s" or "The Rough Road", and for the longest time I couldn’t find it on the Session.

The Tannies play it in D, to fit the GHB, while the local session I go to sometimes has played it in G. I’ve submitted settings in both keys.