The Fairies’ hornpipe

Also known as An Leanbh Sidhe, The Faeries’, The Fairies, The Fairy Boy, The Fairy’s, The Other Fairy.

There are 29 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Little Stack Of Wheat (a few times), The Plains Of Boyle (a few times), The Flowing Tide (a few times) and The Goodnatured Man (a few times).

The Fairies’ has been added to 14 tune sets.

The Fairies' has been added to 241 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Fairies'
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BAF|GFGA BdcB|AGAB G2Bc|dgfg edcB|cedB A2Bc|
dggf g2fe|dedc B2AG|ABcA dcAF|G2GF G2:|
|:Bc|dggf g2fe|dedc B2AG|ABcd edcB|Add^c d2B=c|
dggf g2fe|dedc B2AG|ABcA dcAF|G2GF G2:|
X: 2
T: The Fairies'
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
Bc|dBGB cAFA|~G3F GABc|dg~g2 eg~g2|dBGB A2Bc|
dBGB cAFA|~G3F GABc|dg~g2 ecAF|G2GF G2:|
|:Bc|dg~g2 eg~g2|dg~g2 edBc|dg~g2 eg~g2|dBGB A2Bc|
dBGB cAFA|~G3F GABc|dg~g2 ecAF|G2GF G2:|
z2|dBGD cAFD|~G3D GABc|dg~g2 effe|dGGB A2Bc|
dB~B2 cBBA|G2GD GABc|d2g2 ecAF|GBAF G2:|
|:z2|dg~g2 effe|dg~g2 effe|dg~g2 effe|d^c=cB A2Bc|
dB~B2 cBBA|~G3D GABc|d2~g2 ecAF|GBAF G2:|

Four comments

This tune is similar to McNamara’s Hornpipe (also in G)

Bc|dBGB cAFA|~G3F GABc|dg~g2 eg~g2|dBGB A2Bc|
dBGB cAFA|~G3F GABc|dg~g2 ecAF|G2GF G2:|
|:Bc|dg~g2 eg~g2|dg~g2 edBc|dg~g2 eg~g2|dBGB A2Bc|
dBGB cAFA|~G3F GABc|dg~g2 ecAF|G2GF G2:|
"variations"
z2|dBGD cAFD|~G3D GABc|dg~g2 effe|dGGB A2Bc|
dB~B2 cBBA|G2GD GABc|d2g2 ecAF|GBAF G2:|
|:z2|dg~g2 effe|dg~g2 effe|dg~g2 effe|d^c=cB A2Bc|
dB~B2 cBBA|~G3D GABc|d2~g2 ecAF|GBAF G2:|

This is a really infectious tune. That last turnaround sticks in my head for weeks after hearing it in a session.

The triplet at the start is best played as (3DEF.