The Fairhaired Child
I learned this as an Air on the whistle from Al Purcell, never knew it was a waltz.
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.
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".
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.
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 :-)
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 :
T: Fairhaired Child, The
T:An Paistin Fionn
D:Danu/Mary Mc Namara/Chieftains….