Paddy Fahey’s reel

Also known as Fahey At The Fair, Hammy Hamilton’s, The Ould House, Paddy Fahey’s 2, Paddy Fahey’s No. 15, Paddy Fahey’s No. 2, Paddy Fahy’s, Paddy Fahy’s 2, Paddy Fahy’s No. 2.

There are 18 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Paddy Fahey’s (a few times).

Paddy Fahey’s has been added to 3 tune sets.

Paddy Fahey's has been added to 168 tunebooks.

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Eight settings

X: 1
T: Paddy Fahey's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: FD~D2 FAGE | FDFA GECE | FD~D2 FGAd |
cdec dBAG | FD~D2 FAGE | FDFA GECE |
FD~D2 FGAd |1 cdec d2AG :|2 cdec d3e ||
fdec AddB | =cAGE =CDEg | fdec dcAG | Addc d2de |
fdec AddB | =cAGE =CDEG | FD~D2 FGAd | cdec d3g |
gdec AddB | =cAGE =CDEg | fdec dcAG | Addc defg |
afge fded | =cAGE =CDEG | FD~D2 FGAd | cdec d3d |
X: 2
T: Paddy Fahey's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emaj
BA|:GE ~E2 GBAF|GEGB AF=DF|GE ~E2 GABe|defd ed BA|
GE (3EEE GBAF|GEGB AFBA|GE (3EEE GABe|defd e2 ef:|
|:gefd Beee|=dBAF =DFAa|gefd edBA|Beed e2 ef|
gefd Beee|=dBAF =DFAA|GE ~E2 GABe|defd e2 ef:|
X: 3
T: Paddy Fahey's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emaj
BA|:GE ~E2 GBAF|GEGB AF=DF|GE ~E2 GABe|defd ed BA|
GE (3EEE GBAF|GEGB AFBA|GE (3EEE GABe|defd e2 ef:|
|:gefd Beee|=dBAF =DFAa|gefd edBA|Beed e2 ef|
gefd Beee|=dBAF =DFAA|GE ~E2 GABe|defd e2 ef:|
X: 4
T: Paddy Fahey's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BG~G2 BdcA|~B3d cAFG|AGGF GBdg|fgaf gedc|
BG~G2 BdcA|~B3d cAFG|AGGF GBdg|1fgaf g3c:|2fgaf gfga||
|:bg~g2 dg~g2|fdcA FGAc|dggf gedc|dgfa gfga|
bg~g2 dg~g2|fdcA FGAc|dggf gedc|1dgfa g3a:|2dgfa gedc||
X: 5
T: Paddy Fahey's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BG~G2 BdcA|BGBd cAFA|BG~G2 B^cdg|fgaf g2gd|
BG~G2 Bdcd|BGBd cAFA|BG~G2 B^cde|1 fgaf g3c:|2 fgaf ~g3a||
bgaf dgge|fdcA FGAz|gbaf gfd^c|dggd g2ga|
bg~g2 dg~g2|fdcA FGAc|BG~G2 B^cdg|fgaf g3a|
bg~g2 dgge|fdcA FGAz|bgfa gfd^c|dggd ~g3a|
bg~g2 dg~g2|fdcA FGAc|BG~G2 B^cdg|(3efg af g2gd||
X: 6
T: Paddy Fahey's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:BG G2 BdcA|B3d cAFG|AGGF GBdg|fgaf gedc|
BG G2 BdcA|B3d cAFG|AGGF GBdg|1fgaf g3c:|2fgaf gfga||
|:bg g2 dg g2|fdcA FGAc|dggf gedc|dgfa gfga|
bg g2 dg g2|fdcA FGAc|dggf gedc|1dgfa g3a:|2dgfa gedc||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 7
T: Paddy Fahey's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:BG G2 BdcA|BGBd cA A2|BG G2 Bcdg|fgaf gedc|
BG G2 BdcA|BGBd cA A2|BG G2 Bcdg| fgaf g2 dc|
BG G2 BGcA|BGBd cAFA|BG G2 Bcde|fgaf gedc|
BG G2 BGcA|BGBd cAFA|BG G2 Bcdg|fgaf g3a||
|:bgaf dg g2|fdcA FGAd|bgaf gfdc|defa g3a|
bgaf dg g2|fdcA FGAc|BG G2 Bcdg|fgaf g3a|
bg g2 dgge|fdcA FGAz|bgfa gfdc|dggd g3a|
bg g2 dg g2|fdcA FGAc|BG G2 Bcdg|(3efg af g2gd||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 8
T: Paddy Fahey's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:BG G2 BGcA|BGBd cAFA|BG G2 Bcde|fgaf gedc|
BG G2 BGcA|BGBd cAFA|BG G2 Bcdg|fgaf g3a:||
|:bgaf dg g2|fdcA FGAd|bgaf gfdc|defa g3a|
bg g2 dg g2|fdcA FGAc|BG G2 Bcdg|1(3efg af g3a|2 (3efg af g2 dc||
# Added by JACKB .

Thirty-eight comments

Skip Healy

For any or all of you that own the Skip Healy album "Purgatory Chasm," this tune is first in the last set. He calls it the "Camel’s Hump." It sounds really cool and Arabic-like if you play it with B and E flats. Just thought I’d add that.

And we thank you for adding that.

I hope Brad didn’t hit you too hard 🙂

Not half as hard as Skip will hit him when he finds out that this is not the Camel’s Hump. ;)

C’mon…

hey Brad, you wanna fight? Huh? Step up! haha, just kidding. Actually, I heard this tune on the album "Wind Among the Reeds" by Tommy Keane and Jaqueline McCarthy. As soon as the last tune came on, I recognized it immediately, although I couldn’t remember where I heard it from. I looked at the CD jacket and It said "Paddy Fahey’s." Then, it dawned on me…Skip Healy. I played Skip’s CD and this CD and they matched. So there! HA! Proof!!!! :P

Listen to track 16 again - I don’t think your breathing enough when your playing that low-whistle & the Oxygen deprevation is starting to kick in. Please don’t beat me up. ;o)

Yepp…

I listened to it again, dude…same tune except for a couple ornaments. :D

Josh -they aren’t even in the same key, listen to my transcription of the Camel’s Hump, than listen to your transcription of Paddy Fahey’s. They aren’t even similar. They are two different reels, maybe you ment to post a different tune?

These two tunes do make a decent set though.

Touch

Hmmm…maybe youre right. Do you think that one may be a variation of the other? That may be the case (I know about 3 versions of the Blackthorn Stick, so why not?).

and Skip’s version and Keane’s version both sound somewhat alike.

I’d like to find out, I still think they are two different tunes - Ask Skip at your next lesson. I’d like to hear what he says.

Yepp

Will do!

Paddy Fahey - Martin Hayes’ Lonesome Touch

This doesn’t sound like the same tune. The sheet music for the version Martin plays would be very helpful for one of my friends
Mike

Martin Hayes’ Paddy Fahey’s

Just do a search for "Paddy Fahey’s". It should turn up three or four different tunes. One of them is the Paddy Fahey’s that Martin Hayes recorded.

Martin Hayes’s Fahy’s

Mike, it’s in the tune archive here, as posted June 21, 2001—that will help you identify it from the other Fahy reels also posted. Be aware that Paddy Fahy (some spell it Fahey) has been a prolific composer but doesn’t often title his tunes. So they all go by his name. *Dozens* of them.

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Fahy’s

A musician from Belfast told me a few years ago that this tune was originally written in the key of "F", and that in his opinion, the flute players had ruined it by transposing it into "G"!
I have heard a tape of Belfast flute player Gary Hastings playing this tune, in "G", on an RTE radio programme. The title given to it by the presenter was "The Ould House".

Posted by .

Well, I’m fairly sure this is a different E major Paddy Fahy’s from the one that Will has already submitted. Dreadfully sorry if it’s the same one just a really different setting, Jeremy!

Anyway, this Paddy Fahy’s is one I got from John Whelan’s Celtic Fire cd. ‘Tis a good ‘un. And yes, I’m on a Paddy Fahy’s kick at the moment. 🙂

Zina

Zina, Josh Kane posted this one as "Paddy Fahey’s" in D major. But let’s lobby Jeremy to keep your E maj setting too—it’s great to have the odd key, works terrific on fiddle, it’d be nice to have the dots for it without having to transpose in my head or on the fiddle directly.

Posted .

Damn! I hate it when that happens. Sorry Jeremy. I checked, I really did, just not apparently carefully enough. Thanks, Will!

Zina

In E major….

T: Paddy Fahy’s
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Emaj
BA|:GE ~E2 GBAF|GEGB AF=DF|GE ~E2 GABe|defd ed BA|
GE (3EEE GBAF|GEGB AFBA|GE (3EEE GABe|defd e2 ef:|
|:gefd Beee|=dBAF =DFAa|gefd edBA|Beed e2 ef|
gefd Beee|=dBAF =DFAA|GE ~E2 GABe|defd e2 ef:|

This is how tunes get named after people

According to Cathal McConnell in his Pennywhistle Tutor, if someone teaches you a tune, and that person doesn’t know the name of it, and you don’t have a name for it and nobody around you has a name for it, you name it after the person that taught it to you.

This tune is pretty popular here in Los Angeles. Hammy Hamilton taught the tune to Frank Simpson, who then taught it to a small handful of others and so forth. Nobody knows the name, so we just call it "The Reel of Hammy." It’s a tasty little tune that’s best served at a medium tempo with a creamy dollop of lilt to sweeten it up. It’s a little tricky on the flute (at least it is for me, with the B rolls and those cross fingered c-naturals), but it’s just such a happy little tune, that it’s well worth the practice.

Fahy’s

This looks to me like a version of one of Paddy Fahy’s reels. I have an RTE recording of Gary Hastings playing it - he called it "The Ould House". Nigel de Boullier, from Belfast, told me it was written in F. It’s been recorded several times recently, by Kevin Crawford, for one. I’ve just looked through the database for "Fahy’s". This tune is already in it twice - submitted by Zina, in E, and by Josh Kane, in D. Seems to be popular in any key. Flute players - including Gary Hastings , prefer it in G.

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Re: Fahy’s

I found it on Kevin Crawford’s CD "In Good Company," just like you said. Thanks for the info, Kenny!

The Kane Sisters

This was also recorded as the first track on the Kane Sister’s eponymous CD

More info

if you visit this link you can see the sheet music for the tune and hear (confusingly) another Paddy Fahey tune.

Though it makes it lack its relief or lift, this tune can be played through in Eminor too, interestingly,

X: 2
Tara Bingham

Bad name in Brian Finnegan cd?

Hi , i am looking for the Jig that appear in the first set of the Brian finnegan first solo CD, ”When the party’s over” but this is a reel, why appear this tune in the CD’s??!?! some one can help me?

1. Click on "Tunes"
2. Find the "search" box
3. Make sure to set the tune type box to "jigs"
4. Type "Hammy Hamilton’s" into the search box and click on "search"
5. You will get 6 hits - you will have to take the time to look at them to see which is the right one

Paddy Fahey’s reel

JACKB, your setting is note-for-note identical to the one whistlemanhimself posted 11 years ago.