The Fairhaired Child waltz

Also known as An Paisdín Fionn, An Paistin Fionn, The Fair Haired Boy, The Fair Haired Child, The Fair-haired Child, The Little Fair Child, Paisdín Fionn, Paistin Fionn.

There are 6 recordings of this tune.

The Fairhaired Child appears in 1 other tune collection.

The Fairhaired Child has been added to 104 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Fairhaired Child
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
B2 | e3 f e2 | d2 e2 f2 | g4 e2 | f4 gf |
e3 d cB | G3 A Bc | d4 B2 | B4 B2 |
e3 f e2 | d2 e2 f2 | g4 e2 | f4 gf |
e2 d2 B2 | A2 G2 F2 | E6 | E4 || EF |
G3 A Bc | d2 B2 B2 | c2 A2 A2 | d2 B2 A2 |
G3 A Bc | d2 B2 d2 | e6 | e4 EF |
G3 A Bc | d2 B2 A2 | B e3 f2 | g3 a fe |
e2 d2 B2 | A2 G2 F2 | E6 | E4 |]

Ten comments

The Fairhaired Child

I learned this as an Air on the whistle from Al Purcell, never knew it was a waltz.

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It’s not a waltz - it’s an air, I think "An Paistin Fionn" in Irish, but there is another tune with the same title.

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It’s played as a "Song Air for the Old-Time Waltz" by Jimmy Power on the album "Round the House and Mind the Dresser". I learned it from there.


Yes - it’s a song-air, which I suppose could be played for a waltz, but I don’t think it would make a very good one, being in a minor key. I haven’t heard of this recording ,christine, but I see it has been posted.
If the tracks have been reported accurately, it’s 3rd in a set of 3 tunes after what I would know as a barndance, which would make an unusual medley, to say the least. "Song Air for the Old Time Waltz" has not been posted in the track listing.
Paddy Taylor recorded this as a slow air on his LP, "The Boy In The Gap".

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Round the house and mind the dresser

The tune listing in the archives for this CD have got a bit out of kilter. This tune is listed as "The Little Fair Child [Song Air for the Old-Time Waltz]", and stands alone as track 5. Jimmy Power plays it in a slow and stately fashion.


Thanks, GraemeO. That makes more sense.

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Well, it certainly is gloomy and wistful sounding for a waltz, that’s true Kenny. I’m very fond of minor tunes. The way Jimmy Power plays it sends chills up my spine 🙂

No 13

Both "Paistin Fionn" and "The Fair Haired Child" are the names given to this tune -albeit a more elaborate form thereof- in Edward Bunting’s 1796 edition of his ancient airs of Ireland; No13, p7.


Another waltz version, but in D, playing by Mary Mc Namara, not very far from the Danu song-version, and th Chieftains air-version :
X: 1
T: Fairhaired Child, The
T:An Paistin Fionn
D:Danu/Mary Mc Namara/Chieftains….
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8