Tunes that came from the fairies
Once in a while you hear about how someone learned any given tune from the fairies. I thought it would be nice to make a discussion as a sort of index of fairy tunes and the stories behind them.
My contribution: I read in an old Treoir magazine that Wind That Shakes the Barley was a fairy tune. The story as I remember it was that a couple of guys were sitting out in a barley field one pleasent afternoon when they saw some lights flying a big circuit up in the sky. The lights were singing a beautiful song. Conveniently one of them had his fiddle with him, and every time the fairy lights got close he would pick up a little more of the tune until he had the whole thing. And thus a classic reel was born. If you ask me they’d both had a little too much barley juice, but we got a good tune out of it, so you can’t complain.