Queen Of The Fairies hornpipe

There are 4 recordings of a tune by this name.

Queen Of The Fairies has been added to 70 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Queen Of The Fairies
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: AG | E2 A2 AB cd | e2a2 g3 d | (3efe d2 (3cdc B2 | ABAG E2 D2 |
E2 A2 AB cd | e2a2 g3 d | e2 de g2 de |1 B2 A2 A2 :|2 B2 A2 A2 AG ||
|: E2 A2 c2 A2 | e3 B cBAG | E2 G2 D2 G2 | E2 DE GEDB |
E2 A2 c2 A2 | e3 d cBAG | E2 DE G2 B2 |1 c2 A2 A2 AG :|2 c2 A2 A2 ||
X: 2
T: Queen Of The Fairies
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: AG |"Am"E2 A2 AB cd |"C"e2a2"G"g3 d |"C" (3efe "G"d2 "C"(3cdc "G"B2 |"Am"ABAG E2 D2 |
"Am"E2 A2 AB cd |"C" e2a2 "G"g3 d |"C" e2 de "G"g2 de |1 "Am"B2 A2 A2 :|2 "Am"B2 A2 A2 AG ||
|:"Am" E2 A2 c2 A2 |"Am" e3 B cBAG | "C"E2 G2 "G"D2 G2 |"C" E2 DE "G"GEDB |
"Am"E2 A2 c2 A2 |"Am" e3 d cBAG | "C"E2 DE "G"G2 B2 |1 "Am"c2 A2 A2 AG :|2 "Am"c2 A2 A2 ||
X: 3
T: Queen Of The Fairies
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: ~A3B ~c3d | e2a2 g2 a2 | (3efe d2 (3cdc B2 | ABAG E2 D2 |
E2 ~A3 Bcd | e2a2 g2 a2 | (3efe de g2 B2 |1 B2 A2 A2 E2 :|2 B2 A2 A4 |
|: e2 a2 c'2 a2 | e'2 a2 c'b a2 | e2 g2 d2 g2 | Bdge dBGB |
A2 a2 c'2 a2 | e'3 a2 c'b a2 | (3fgf (3efe (3ded (3Bcd | c2 A2 A4 :|

Eight comments

Not sure about the key

This is a lovely hornpipe that can be played slowly with some swing. It is on Bohola’s #4, tune #3. I play it on the fiddle. Not sure if I got the key right, though, I am not very good at that.

Holger

Not sure about the key

Looks like A dorian

Larry Redican

Liz Carroll said at at New York concert in the 1980s that this was one of Larry Redican’s compositions.

I have added Chords…

I like this tune quite a bit, works well on uke. I added chords for those that want them, here’s the ABC:

X: 1
T: Queen Of The Fairies
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: Gmaj
|: AG |"Am"E2 A2 AB cd |"C"e2a2"G"g3 d |"C" (3efe "G"d2 "C"(3cdc "G"B2 |"Am"ABAG E2 D2 |
"Am"E2 A2 AB cd |"C" e2a2 "G"g3 d |"C" e2 de "G"g2 de |1 "Am"B2 A2 A2 :|2 "Am"B2 A2 A2 AG ||
|:"Am" E2 A2 c2 A2 |"Am" e3 B cBAG | "C"E2 G2 "G"D2 G2 |"C" E2 DE "G"GEDB |
"Am"E2 A2 c2 A2 |"Am" e3 d cBAG | "C"E2 DE "G"G2 B2 |1 "Am"c2 A2 A2 AG :|2 "Am"c2 A2 A2 ||

Queen Of The Fairies

Larry Redican can be heard playing this at the comhaltasarchives.org, very stately pace. I think he has 9 bars in the first part??? I’m terrible with notation so have a listen. His playing sounds "set dance" to me so perhaps that’s making me think the first part is >8 bars. I didn’t know he composed this one. It’s a beautiful melody.

The other important thing is that he plays the first few bars of the 2nd part in the 2nd/3rd octave, up to e”’. This is surprisingly easy on the fiddle, as these shifts up the neck go.

Queen Of The Fairies

X:3 from a recording of Larry Redican, its putative composer. This, I repeat, is, from the sounds of things, a set dance in 4/4, not a hornpipe per se.