The Fairy Hurlers reel

Also known as Walsh’s Favorite.

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Fairy Hurlers has been added to 12 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Fairy Hurlers
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
AB||c2 gc acgc|~c2 ge dBGB|((5cdcBc) gc acgc|fage dBGB|
c2 gc acgc|(Bc) ge dcBd|c2 gc acgc|(fa) ge (dB) GB||
A2 c/B/A eAcA|.A/.A/A ge dBGB|A2 c/B/A eAcA|(gfg)d BGGB|
A2 c/B/A eAcA|~A2 (ge) dBGB|A2 c/B/A eAcA|((5gagfg) gd BGGB||
|:(cdef) (gfge)|(cdec) (dBGB)|(cdef) (gfge)|afge dBGB:|
|:c/B/A eA fAeA|c/B/A eA dBGB|c/B/A eA fAeA|((5gagfg) gd BGGB:|
|:Aceg ^fdec|Acec dBGB|Aceg ^fdef|gfge dBGB:|
|:(c/B/A) eA (c/B/A) eA|(c/B/A) eA dBGB|(c/B/A) eA (c/B/A) ef|(gfg)e dBGB:|

One comment

Another Beauty from “Waifs & Strays”…

Couldn’t decide whether or not to post this as its own tune, or in the comments section of "The Highlandman Who Kissed His Granny"

https://thesession.org/tunes/4314

I decided on the former; for while it is definitely related, there is SO much more going on in this version that it deserves its own spot in the database (IMO). Things get FUNKY like James Brown around the 5th part, & I really like the rocking figure in the 4th part, too. The only thing I would change about the tune would be that, in a couple of places, some of the f naturals be made sharp. The result would be like so:

X:1
T:The Fairy Hurlers
S:"Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody"-Capt. Francis O’Neill
M:4/4
L:1/8
Q:1/4=200
R:Reel
K:C
AB||c2 gc acgc|~c2 ge dBGB|((5cdcBc) gc acgc|fage dBGB|
c2 gc acgc|(Bc) ge dcBd|c2 gc acgc|(fa) ge (dB) GB||
A2 c/B/A eAcA|.A/.A/A ge dBGB|A2 c/B/A eAcA|(g^fg)d BGGB|
A2 c/B/A eAcA|~A2 (ge) dBGB|A2 c/B/A eAcA|((5gag^fg) gd BGGB||
|:(cdef) (gfge)|(cdec) (dBGB)|(cdef) (gfge)|afge dBGB:|
|:c/B/A eA fAeA|c/B/A eA dBGB|c/B/A eA fAeA|((5gag^fg) gd BGGB:|
|:Aceg ^fdec|Acec dBGB|Aceg ^fdef|g^fge dBGB:|
|:(c/B/A) eA (c/B/A) eA|(c/B/A) eA dBGB|(c/B/A) eA (c/B/A) e^f|(g^fg)e dBGB:|

I also discovered that the last part of the tune sounded better at the beginning; that amazing 5th section is a hard act to follow! That would look like this:

X:1
T:The Fairy Hurlers
S:"Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody"-Capt. Francis O’Neill
M:4/4
L:1/8
Q:1/4=200
R:Reel
K:C
|:(c/B/A) eA (c/B/A) eA|(c/B/A) eA dBGB|(c/B/A) eA (c/B/A) e^f|(g^fg)e dBGB:|
c2 gc acgc|~c2 ge dBGB|((5cdcBc) gc acgc|fage dBGB|
c2 gc acgc|(Bc) ge dcBd|c2 gc acgc|(fa) ge (dB) GB||
A2 c/B/A eAcA|.A/.A/A ge dBGB|A2 c/B/A eAcA|(g^fg)d BGGB|
A2 c/B/A eAcA|~A2 (ge) dBGB|A2 c/B/A eAcA|((5gag^fg) gd BGGB||
|:(cdef) (gfge)|(cdec) (dBGB)|(cdef) (gfge)|afge dBGB:|
|:c/B/A eA fAeA|c/B/A eA dBGB|c/B/A eA fAeA|((5gag^fg) gd BGGB:|
|:Aceg ^fdec|Acec dBGB|Aceg ^fdef|g^fge dBGB:|

That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it…;-)

-Jay