Paddy Fahey’s reel

Also known as Paddy Fahey’s No. 31, Paddy Fahy’s.

There are 10 recordings of a tune by this name.

Paddy Fahey’s has been added to 2 tune sets.

Paddy Fahey's has been added to 64 tunebooks.

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Eight settings

X: 1
T: Paddy Fahey's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
gfea gedB | G2 BGdG Bd | gfea gedB | G2 (3Bcd eAAf |
gfea gedB | G2 BGdG Bd | bagb a2 (3gfe|1 d2 (3Bcd eA A2 :|2 d2 (3Bcd eAAB |]
c2 AEcA FA | GdBG dGBd | c2 AEcA FA | GedB eAAB |
c2 AEcA FA | GdBG dGBd | bagb a2 (3gfe |1 d2 (3Bcd eAAB :|2 d2 (3Bcd eA A2 |]
X: 2
T: Paddy Fahey's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
fedg fdcA|F2AF CFAc|fedg fdcA|FGAc dG~G2|
fedg fdcA|F2AF CFAc|agfa g2fd|c2Ac dG~G2:|
|:B2Gd BGEG|FcAF CFAc|B2Gd BGEG|FDCA, DG,~G,2|
B2Gd BGEG|FcAF CFAc|agfa g2fd|c2Ac dG~G2:|
X: 3
T: Paddy Fahey's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
F3 G Ac |: fedg fdcA|F2AF cFAd|fedg fdcA|FGAc dG~G2|
fedg fdcA|F2AF cFA2|agfa g2 (3fed |c2Ac dG~G2:|
|:B2GD AGEG|FcAF cF (3Acd | B2GD AGEG|FdcA dG~G2|
B2GD AGEG|FcAF cF A2 | agfa g2 (3fed |c2Ac dG~G2:|
X: 4
T: Paddy Fahey's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gdor
F3 G Ac|:fedg fdcA|F/E/F AF cFAc|fedg fdcA|FGAc dG~G2|
fedg fdcA|F/E/F AF cF A2|agfa g2 f/e/d|c2Ac dG~G2:|
|:B2GD B/A/G EG|FcAF cF A/c/d|B2GD B/A/G EG|FdcA dG~G2|
B2GD B/A/G EG|FcAF cF A2|agfa g2 f/e/d|c2Ac dG~G2:|
X: 5
T: Paddy Fahey's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:Bd|:gfea gedB|G2 BG dG (3Bcd|gfea gedB|GABd eA A2|
gfea gedB|G2 BG dG B2|bagb a2 ge|d2 (3Bcd eA A2:||
|:c2AE cAFA|GdBG dG (3Bcd|c2AE cAFA|GedB eA A2|
c2AE cAFA|GdBG dG B2|bagb a2 ge|d2 (3Bcd eA A2:||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 6
T: Paddy Fahey's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
:$ fedg fdcA | F{/G}FAF cFAF | fedg {/g}fdcA | FFAc dGde |$ fedg (3gfd cA |
F{/G}FAF cFAF | agfa g2 (3fed |1 c2 Ac dGde :|2 c2 Ac dGGA ||
||$ B2 GD BGEF | FcAF cAcd | !turn!B2 GD BGEF | FdcA dGGA |$ !turn!B2 GD BGEG |
FcAF cAAd |ag (3fga f2 (3fed |1 c2 Ac dGGA :|2 c2 Ac dGde |]
X: 7
T: Paddy Fahey's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
:$ fedg fdcA | F{/G}FAF cFAF | fedg {/g}fdcA | FFAc dGde |$ fedg (3gfd cA |
F{/G}FAF cFAF | agfa g2 (3fed |1 c2 Ac dGde :|2 c2 Ac dGGA ||
||$ B2 GD BGEF | FcAF cAcd | !turn!B2 GD BGEF | FdcA dGGA |$ !turn!B2 GD BGEG |
FcAF cAAd |ag (3fga f2 (3fed |1 c2 Ac dGGA :|2 c2 Ac dGde |]
X: 8
T: Paddy Fahey's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
:$ fedg fdcA | F{/G}FAF cFAF | fedg {/g}fdcA | FFAc dGde |
$ fedg (3gfd cA |F{/G}FAF cFAF | agfa g2 (3fed |1 c2 Ac dGde :|2 c2 Ac dGGA ||
||:$ B2 GD BGEF | FcAF cAcd | !turn!B2 GD BGEF | FdcA dGGA |$
!turn!B2 GD BGEG | FcAF cAAd |ag (3fga f2 (3fed |1 c2 Ac dGGA :|2 c2 Ac dGde |]

Thirteen comments

You know, you can never get enough of Paddy Fahy.. So here’s another one!

That’s right! It’s NOT from the Skye Collection! Tomorrow is a different story…

So I got this from Chulrua’s AWESOME and BRILLIANT album "Barefoot on the Altar". I love this reel, it’s followed by a different setting of the Butterfly as well, I may post the variation in the tune’s comment section. Highly reccomend the album by the way, especially with Tim Britton’s haunting solo and playing style in general. Damn sexy!

Cheers and Sn0o0oo00o0ow,
Armand

I have a recording of this, performed by a London youth group, Meitheal Ceol. They call it ‘The F Reel’, since they originally learned it in F (or G-dorian). However, owing to the large number of flute players in the band, it was transposed up a tone. They still call it ‘The F reel’.

Paddy Fahy’s

Isn’t this the "hidden" Paddy Fahy reel which Matt Molloy plays at the end of a song on "After The Break" by "Planxty" ? There was some query about it last year, and I’d promised to post it, but forgot. Thanks for posting this, Armand. Far more appropriate to this website than anything from the "Skye Collection".-:)
I have a feeling Molloy might have played it in F, too.

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Usually played in F

It is indeed the Paddy Fahy reel that Matt Molloy plays on some Planxty recording.
I also have a live bootleg recording of Matt Molloy where he plays this one (in F, of course) after "The Tempest". Mighty, altogether.
The F version is reel #720 in my collection www.norbeck.nu/abc

I just noticed how tricky the b part can be….

Good thing I play this on the whistle hahahaha

X: 1
T: Paddy Fahy’s
S: Brid Harper & Dermot Byrne
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gdor (or Fmaj depending on how you look at it)
fedg fdcA|F2AF CFAc|fedg fdcA|FGAc dG~G2|
fedg fdcA|F2AF CFAc|agfa g2fd|c2Ac dG~G2:|
|:B2Gd BGEG|FcAF CFAc|B2Gd BGEG|FDCA, DG,~G,2|
B2Gd BGEG|FcAF CFAc|agfa g2fd|c2Ac dG~G2:|

This must be one of the best reels I’ve ever heard! a masterpiece of gentleness, beauty, words failing, transfixed, the play it in a loop type!

Matt Molloy version in F

I’ve transcribed Matt Molloy’s version which is hidden away at the end of "Little Musgrave" on the Planxty album "The Woman I Loved So Well" - his version is simply sublime.

Paddy Fahey’s, X:4

I’ve added my transcription from Matt Molloy’s "Woman I Loved so Well" performance of it - a few details different from SebastianM’s above - note particularly the C, not D as last note of bar A2. I think the C (which is what I hear him play in the majority of iterations) matches better compositionally and with other versions.

This tune does not so far as I can see appear in Maria Holohan’s definitive catalogue of Paddy Fahey’s compositions (cf https://ulir.ul.ie/handle/10344/4260). I therefore surmise it may have been named by Molloy or other players as one they got from or associated with Paddy Fahey, rather than definitely being composed by him.

Dr.Dow, I really like the Harper-Byrne setting you transcribed - grand for fiddle/box etc., but you neglected to reset the tonality to Gdor when you posted - it makes rather "interesting" playing as it currently appears! ;-)

Paddy Fahey’s

This is from Dave Flynn’s album, "Contemporary Traditional Irish Guitar". I tried to contact Dave to ask but I believe that this must be a Fahey tune composed after the Maria Holohan dissertation and that Dave used her index as a reference to title this Paddy Fahey’s No. 31. There are many other Fahey tunes on this recording and the others do match the Holohan index.

Paddy Fahey’s

This is from Dave Flynn’s album, "Contemporary Traditional Irish Guitar". I tried to contact Dave to ask but I believe that this must be a Fahey tune composed after the Maria Holohan dissertation and that Dave used her index as a reference to title this Paddy Fahey’s No. 31. There are many other Fahey tunes on this recording and the others do match the Holohan index.

Paddy Fahey’s, X:6

This is from Dave Flynn recording, "Contemporary Traditional Irish Guitar" and he tittles it Paddy Fahey’s No. 31. I posted this by mistake on it’s own page because I couldn’t find it with different key.

Re: Paddy Fahey’s

Dave Flynn plays this in F Maj or so it sounds to my ear.