The Market Day reel

Also known as The Dark Girl Dressed In Blue, The Dark Girl In Blue, The Fair-haired Girl, The Fairhaired Girl, Mary Delaney, Stay And Have Another, Stay And Have Another One, Stay Another While, Stay For Another While.

There are 12 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Market Day has been added to 1 tune set.

The Market Day has been added to 26 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Market Day
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dcAG FDDE|FEFG AB (3=cBA|dcAG FDDg|1 fdec dfec:|2 fdec d2 (3ABc||
d2fd adfd|cdeg fdec|(3ddd fd adfd|cdeg fddc|
defg aged|cdef g2fg|(3agf (3gfe fded|cdeg fddc||
X: 2
T: The Market Day
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:.g.f.e|.d.c {B}AG FDDE|FFFG AB{c}BA|.d.c{B}AG FDDg| fdec d2:|
(3ABc|defg {b}afed|(3.B.c.d ef {a}gcec|defg ~a2 fd|fa {b}ag (3.g.f.e dc|
defg {b}afdA|(3.B.c.d ef ~g2fg|af (3.g.f.e fde|(3.B.c.d eg fdec|
X: 3
T: The Market Day
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
g/f/e|:d2 AG FD D/D/D|DFAg fdec|d2 AG FGAg|fdec d3 A:|
|defg afed|cdef gcec|defg a2 fd|f/g/f ag fddA|
|defg afed|cdef g2 fg|af g/f/e fdcA|B/c/d eg fdec||

Ten comments

The Market Day

Composed by Ed Reavy. I learnt it from a friend ages ago under the wrong title, and have taught it to some musicians in Sydney in the past few weeks. It’s quite an easy tune to pick up, so now lots of people are playing it here. Hope you enjoy it.

Reminds me of some very well-known tunes, like Maude Miller (in Dmix) and Jenny’s Wedding.

Stay For Another While

Apparently this is considered a piping standard since Seamus Ennis recorded it under the title of Stay For Another While. The liner notes explain that Stay For Another One is an alternative title http://www.taramusic.com/sleevenotes/cd10029.htm. However, Ed Reavy was composing tunes from the 1930s, so that’s plenty of time for a tune to acquire other titles. This one doesn’t seem to be in any earlier sources like O’Neill’s. Henrik Norbeck’s index has it listed as Dark Girl In Blue, but I don’t know where that title comes from originally.

Angelina Carberry and Martin Quinn

They recorded the tune as "The Fairhaired Girl." It sounds like a very old tune and I’d be interested to know some sources which say it was composed by Ed Reavy.

Well, Ed Reavy’s book of compositions is a good start.

I have Reavy’s book, but I’m not sure this is in it. Ed’s son produced a 4 cassette tape set with { nearly ? } all of his tunes on them. Friends of mine have the tapes - I’ll do some checking.

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Liam O’Flynn

On his untitled LP recording (early 90s) O’Flynn played this tune after The Old Bush, calling it The Dark Girl Dressed in Blue. The link from its page leads to the slide of the same name, though - a completely different tune.

Stay another While

This is the version I have noted when learning the tune in the late eighties at the Willie Clancy’s Pipes classes, I’m not sure about the source, probably from Tmommy Keane. For sure a piping version!