Her Golden Hair Was Curling Down hornpipe

Also known as By The Old Fairy Fort, Cois An TSeanleasa, Down By The Old Fairy Fort, Her Golden Hair, Her Golden Hair Hung Down In Ringlets, Her Golden Hair Was Curling Down Her Back, Her Lovely Hair Was Curling Down.

There are 4 recordings of a tune by this name.

Her Golden Hair Was Curling Down has been added to 2 tune sets.

Her Golden Hair Was Curling Down has been added to 40 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Her Golden Hair Was Curling Down
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: (3ABc |d>fe>d B>AF>A | d>fe>d B2 d>e | f>AA>f e>d (3Bcd | e2 e>d e2 (3ABc |
d2 f>d B>AF>A | d>fe>d B2 d>e | f>AA>f e>dB>c | (3ded d>c d2- :|
|: d>B |(3ABA d>e f>gf>e | d>cd>B A3 F | G>FG>A (3B=c^c d>B |e2 e>d e2 (3ABc |
d2 f>d B>AF>A | d>fe>d B2 d>e | f>AA>f e>dB>c | (3ded d>c d2- :|
X: 2
T: Her Golden Hair Was Curling Down
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: Ac |dfed BAFA | dfed B2 de | fAAf edBd | e2 ed e2 Ac |
d2 fd BAFA | dfed B2 de | fAAf edBc | d2 dc d2- :|
|: dB |A2 de fgfe | dcdB A3 F | GFGA BcdB |e2 ed e2 Ac |
d2 fd BAFA | dfed B2 de | fAAf edBc | d2 d2 d2- :|
X: 3
T: Her Golden Hair Was Curling Down
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: (3ABc |d>fe>d B>AF>A | d>fe>d (3B2d/d/ d>e | f>AA>f e>d (3Bcd | e2 e>f e2 (3ABc |
d>fe>d B>AF>A | d>fe>d (3B2d/d/ d>e | f>AA>f e>dB>c | d2 d>c d2 :|
|: (3dcB |A2 d>e f>gf>e | d>ed>B A3 F | G>FG>A Bc (3dcB |e2 e>f e2 (3ABc |
d>fe>d B>AF>A | d>fe>d B2 d>e | f>AA>f e>dB>c | d2 d>c d2 :|
X: 4
T: Her Golden Hair Was Curling Down
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
(3ABc|dfed BAFA|dfed B2de|fAdf edBd|e2df eBBA|
~d3A BAFA|dfed B2de|faaf edBA|d2dc d2:|
|:dB|ABde ~f3e|dedB ADFA|G3A Bcdf|e2df eBBA|
~d3A BAFA|dfed B2de|faaf edBA|d2dc d2:|
X: 5
T: Her Golden Hair Was Curling Down
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: E2 |A>cB>A F>EC>E | A>cB>A F2 A>B | c>EE>c B>A (3FGA | B2 B>^A B2 E2 |
A>cB>A F>EC>E | A>cB>A F2 A>B | c>EE>c B>AF>E | A2 A>G A2 :|
|: (3AGF |E2 A>B c2- c>B | A>BA>F E2- E>C | D>CD>E F>GA>F | B2 B>^A B2 E2 |
A>cB>A F>EC>E | A>cB>A F2 A>B | c>EE>c B>AF>E | A2 A>G A2 :|

Seven comments

“Her Golden Hair Was Curling Down” ~ from the playing of John Brosnan

This is from one of our favourite box albums, "John Brosnan: The Cook in the Kitchen". I have an old cassette that has travelled with me, in our old vans and buses. Now we have only a CD player in our car. I’ll have to chase up the CD now. The cassette is well worn and suffers as you might expect from repeated playing in all kinds of weather, from sub zero to sub Saharan… If you haven’t heard this lovely box player, do your damnedest to chase this recording up and add it to your collection…

Before someone shouts ‘dupication’

Yes, some peculiar take on it is here under ‘strathspey’ and called a ‘highland fling’. Well, it’s neither. Also, that transcript is missing things, including a whole beat:

"Her Golden Hair Hung Down In Ringlets" ~ strathspey / highland fling
Key signature: D Major
Submitted on April 26th 2006 by Unseen122.
https://thesession.org/tunes/5710

“Her Golden Hair Was Curling Down” ~ minus > & (3

My thanks again to ‘button’, Jack, for whipping me into shape and getting me to add the slimline version… Personally I still prefer full fat Jersey milk in my espresso… ;-)

X: 2
T: Her Golden Hair Was Curling Down
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: D Major
|: Ac |\
dfed BAFA | dfed B2 de | fAAf edBd | e2 ed e2 Ac |
d2 fd BAFA | dfed B2 de | fAAf edBc | d2 dc d2- :|
|: dB |\
A2 de fgfe | dcdB A3 F | GFGA BcdB |e2 ed e2 Ac |
d2 fd BAFA | dfed B2 de | fAAf edBc | d2 d2 d2- :|

“By The Old Fairy Fort” ~ Jackie Daly

X: 3
T: Her Golden Hair Was Curling Down
T: By The Old Fairy Fort
S: "Jackie Daly: Domnach is Dalach / Many’s a Wild Night"
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: D Major
|: (3ABc |\
d>fe>d B>AF>A | d>fe>d (3B2d/d/ d>e | f>AA>f e>d (3Bcd | e2 e>f e2 (3ABc |
d>fe>d B>AF>A | d>fe>d (3B2d/d/ d>e | f>AA>f e>dB>c | d2 d>c d2 :|
|: (3dcB |\
A2 d>e f>gf>e | d>ed>B A3 F | G>FG>A Bc (3dcB |e2 e>f e2 (3ABc |
d>fe>d B>AF>A | d>fe>d B2 d>e | f>AA>f e>dB>c | d2 d>c d2 :|

Music Hall hit of the 1890s

This is a fling setting of "And Her Golden Hair Was Curling Down Her Back," a music hall hit of the 1890s composed by the Irishman Felix McGlennon. Monroe Rosenfeld copyrighted a schottische arrangement for piano. It was a slightly bawdy number about a shy village girl who went to London and came back "with a naughty little twinkle in her eye."

Here’s a corrected transcription of Connie O’Connell’s setting:

X: 1
T: Her Golden Hair Hung Down In Ringlets
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
S: Connie O’Connell - Ceol Cill Na Martra
K: Dmaj
(3ABc|dfed BAFA|dfed B2de|fAdf edBd|e2df eBBA|
~d3A BAFA|dfed B2de|faaf edBA|d2dc d2:|
|:dB|ABde ~f3e|dedB ADFA|G3A Bcdf|e2df eBBA|
~d3A BAFA|dfed B2de|faaf edBA|d2dc d2:|

X: 5 “Down By the Fairy Fort” / “Her Golden Hair Hung Down in Ringlets”

S: Jackie Daly & "Patrick Street: Street Life"
https://thesession.org/recordings/414
track 6, the first tune in a set of two