The Corsican Fairy jig

The Corsican Fairy has been added to 10 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Corsican Fairy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
A2c e2c|d2A f2d|ecA aec|BGE E3|
A2c e2c|dAd fga|edc BAG|A3A3:|
EGB dBG|Aed cBA|Daf ecA|BGE E3|
AEG FDE|DFA dfa|edc BAG|A3A3:|

Five comments

Origin

I have found this jig in the richard robinson tunebook and in a site called "folktunefinder". The tune is from the north-west of england. It seems quite simple to play and it is really catchy.

Re:Corsica ferries?

Mmm I think that the name of the tune don’t refer to the ship transport :)

The Corsican Fairy

Is it too late to pick this up ? I only just saw it, I haven’t been looking here regularly.

A better source for this is the Village Music Project’s "Browne 11" manuscript - http://www.village-music-project.org.uk/abc/browne11.abc - they say, from Troutbeck, in the Lake district (NW England, yes) c. 1800. (My version wasn’t a copy of theirs - I had a brief sight of some tunes from the same collection, independently, and wrote out what I had, but they have more). There are some very interesting, and rather strange, tunes in it.

I’m not sure what the title’s about. Would it have made sense for Cumbrians in 1800 to be calling Napoleon a "fairy", or is it a coincidence ?