The Fairhaired Boy reel

Also known as Fair Haired Boy, The Fair Haired Boy, The Fair-Haired Boy, Micho Russell’s.

There are 16 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Fairhaired Boy has been added to 1 tune set.

The Fairhaired Boy has been added to 70 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Fairhaired Boy
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
~A3G FGAB|=cAdc BG~G2|ABAG FAde|fdec Add2:|
~f3d e2de|~f3d ecA2|~f3d e2de|fdec Add2|
~f3d e2de|~f3d edcB|ABcd efge|~a3g fdd2||
X: 2
T: The Fairhaired Boy
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
~A3G FGAB|=cAdc BG~G2|ABAG FAdg|fdec Add2:|
~f2df efde|~f2df ecA2|~f2df efde|fdec Add2|
~f2df efde|~f2df ecA^G|ABcd efge|afge fdd2||
X: 3
T: The Fairhaired Boy
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
c | ABAG FGAB | =cAdc BG G2 | A z AG FGAe | fdec Addc |
A2 AG FGAB | =cAdc BG G2 | A z AG FGAe | fdec Add ||
g | f2 df efdg | f2 df ec A2 | f2 df efdg | fdec Addg |
f2 df efdg | f2 df ec A2 | ABcd efge | ageg fdd ||

Six comments

Really nice tune, seldom played

I learned this one from the Cathal McConnell pennywhistle course. I think it is associated with the playing of Micho Russell. It’s a terrific tune to play at a medium tempo with a bit of lilt. Very satisfying. Triplet figures would also fit quite nicely into a few places to give a little extra bounce, if that suits you. It would probably make a fabulous concertina tune.

I just noticed this being played on an old private recording of New York fiddlers Lad O’Bierne and Louis Quinn.

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Fair-Haired Boy - the reel

Here’s the way Michael Hynes plays it on the recording he made with Dennis Liddy called, ‘Waifs And Strays (Traditional Irish Music From County Clare)’.

X: 1
T: Fair-Haired Boy, The
S: Michael Hynes
Z: Jack Gilder
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
~A3G FGAB|=cAdc BG~G2|ABAG FAdg|fdec Add2:|
~f2df efde|~f2df ecA2|~f2df efde|fdec Add2|
~f2df efde|~f2df ecA^G|ABcd efge|afge fdd2||

Another “Micho Russell’s”

This appears to be the tune played on the Molloy-Keane-O’Flynn album "Fire Aflame" they list as "Micho Russell’s. A search for a reel named Micho Russell’s on TheSessions gives back many different tunes of that name — which only have in common the name itself!

The Fairhaired Boy, X:3

As played by Gavin Whelan on his album In Full Flight (2009). As others did (noted above) he calls it "Micho Russell’s".