The Fairy Queen hornpipe

Also known as Derek’s Favorite, Derek’s Favourite, Johnny Burke’s.

There are 8 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Fairy Queen has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Fairy Queen has been added to 69 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The Fairy Queen
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
(3ABc || d2{e}d2 {c}d2AG | FDFA dAFD | G2FG E2ef | gecA dcBA |
c-~d3 d2AG | FDFA dAFD | G2FG E2ef | gecA d3z ||
|:d~f3 g2fe | da^ga baga | fdAF G2 ef |1 gecA gecA :|2 gecA d3z ||
X: 2
T: The Fairy Queen
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: (3ABc |(3dcd (3edc d2 A>G | F>DF>A d>AF>D |\
(3GAG F>G E2 e>f |[1 g>ec>e d>c :|[2 g>ec>e d2 ||
|: A2 |d>f (3fff g>fg>a | b>a^g>a b>ag>a |\
f>dA>F (3GAG e>f |[1 g>ec>e d>cB>A :|[2 g>ec>e d2 |]
X: 3
T: The Fairy Queen
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d2ec d2AG|FDFA dAFA|G2BG E2ef|gece dcBA|
dfec d2AG|FDFA dAFA|G2FG E2ef|gece d3A:|
|:df~f2 gece|da~a2 ba^ga|fdAF G2ef|ge~e2 ge~e2|
df~f2 gfef|da~a2 ba^ga|fdAF G2ef|gece d3A:|
X: 4
T: The Fairy Queen
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: (3edc |d2 d>c d>BA>G | F>DF>A d>AF>A | G>AB>G E2 e>f | g>ec>e d>cB>A |
d2 d>c d>BA>G | F>DF>A d>AF>A | G>AB>G E2 e>f | g>ec>e d2- :|
|: d>A |d>fa>f g>ec>A | d>a^g>a b>ag>a | f>dA>F G2 e>f | g>e (3eee g>ec>A |
d>f (3fff g>fg>a | b>a^g>a b>ag>a | f>dA>F E2 e>f | g>ec>e d2- :|
X: 5
T: The Fairy Queen
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: ec |d2 dc dBAG | FDFA dAFA | GABG E2 ef | gece dcBA |
d2 dc dBAG | FDFA dAFA | GABG E2 ef | gece d2- :|
|: dA |dfaf gecA | da^ga baga | fdAF G2 ef | gece gecA |
dfef gfga | ba^ga baga | fdAF E2 ef | gece d2- :|
X: 6
T: The Fairy Queen
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: A/ |d2 e>c d2 (3BAG | (3FED F>A d2 F>D |\
G2 F>G E2 (3def |[1 g>ec<e d2- d3/ :|[2 g>ec>e d2 ||
(3cBA |:d>f^e>f g>fg>a | b>a^g>a b2 (3aga |\
f>dA<F G2 e>f |[1 g>ec<e d2 :|[2 g>Ae<A d2- d3/ |]

Eight comments

Fairy Queen

This tune is not the Turlough O’Carolan planxty already listed here at the session - it is a pretty fun hornpipe though. It came to us from Scotland & is often played as a highland fling (AKA Strathspey". I picked it up from the playing of Chris McGrath & Co. of RI, they were playing for set dancers & paired it with the "Miss Galvin’s"
https://thesession.org/tunes/624
I think they make a great set.
~b

There’s a Scoiltrad lesson for this one (intermediate level whistle).

As happens to a lot of these, this is also played as a single reel, without the ‘swing’. Here’s another take on it:

T: Fairy Queen, The ~ I had another name for this one but the memory cells aren’t firing, later maybe…
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: highland fling / single reel
K: Dmaj
|: (3ABc |
(3dcd (3edc d2 A>G | F>DF>A d>AF>D | (3GAG F>G E2 e>f |1 g>ec>e d>c :|
2 g>ec>e d2 ||
|: A2 |
d>f (3fff g>fg>a | b>a^g>a b>ag>a | f>dA>F (3GAG e>f |1 g>ec>e d>cB>A :|
2 g>ec>e d2 ||

The Fairy Queen

I got this tune off a friend a few years ago. I play it double - 32 bars - and I think I play it more like a sort of slow reel than a hornpipe.

X: 1
T: The Fairy Queen
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: Dmaj
d2ec d2AG|FDFA dAFA|G2BG E2ef|gece dcBA|
dfec d2AG|FDFA dAFA|G2FG E2ef|gece d3A:|
|:df~f2 gece|da~a2 ba^ga|fdAF G2ef|ge~e2 ge~e2|
df~f2 gfef|da~a2 ba^ga|fdAF G2ef|gece d3A:|

The Fairy Queen Hornpipe

This was a popular box tune back in the sixties. I seem to remember that some box player, maybe Kieran Kelly, used to play a hornpipe selection that we all wanted to copy. The hornpipes were the Golden Eagle and The Fairy Queen. The Fairy Queen was played in C.

“The Fairy Queen” / “Derek’s Favourite” ~ The Kilfenora Ceili Band

X: 4
T: The Fairy Queen
S: "The Kilfenora Ceili Band: Set on Stone" ~ track 4
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: D Major
|: (3edc |\
d2 d>c d>BA>G | F>DF>A d>AF>A | G>AB>G E2 e>f | g>ec>e d>cB>A |
d2 d>c d>BA>G | F>DF>A d>AF>A | G>AB>G E2 e>f | g>ec>e d2- :|
|: d>A |\
d>fa>f g>ec>A | d>a^g>a b>ag>a | f>dA>F G2 e>f | g>e (3eee g>ec>A |
d>f (3fff g>fg>a | b>a^g>a b>ag>a | f>dA>F E2 e>f | g>ec>e d2- :|

“The Fairy Queen” / “Derek’s Favourite” minus > & (3

M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: D Major
|: ec |\
d2 dc dBAG | FDFA dAFA | GABG E2 ef | gece dcBA |
d2 dc dBAG | FDFA dAFA | GABG E2 ef | gece d2- :|
|: dA |\
dfaf gecA | da^ga baga | fdAF G2 ef | gece gecA |
dfef gfga | ba^ga baga | fdAF E2 ef | gece d2- :|