The Fairy jig

Also known as The Fairy (Jig), Ferry, The Ferry’s, Paddy Conneely’s, The Pooca, Port An Puca.

There are 8 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Fairy has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Fairy has been added to 53 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Fairy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:dBA B2A|GBd gab|age edB|BAG Age|
dBA B2A|GBd gab|age dBA|BGF G2B:|
|:ded deg|aba aga|bge edB|BAG Age|
dBA B2A|GBd gab|age dBA|1 BGF G2B:|2 BGF Gge||
X: 2
T: The Fairy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dBA ~B3|GBd gab|age dBG|BAG Age|
dBA ~B3|GBd gab|age dBA|BGG Gge:|
|:ded deg|aba aga|bge edB|BAG Age|
dBA ~B3|GBd gab|age dBA|BGG Gge:|
Banjo is going |GBd gab| in bar 2. Box is holding on that top G |GBd g3|.
X: 3
T: The Fairy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
B|:AFE F{G}FF|DFA def|edB {d}BAF|FED EFG|
AFE FFE|DFA def|edB AFE|FDC DdB:|
A{B}AF ABd|efe {f}ede|fdB AFD|FED EdB|
AAF ABd|efe {f}ede|fdB AFE|FDC DdB|
A{B}AF AB/c/d|efe ede|fdB AFD|FED EdB|
AFE F{G}FE|DFA def|edB AFE|FDC D2||

Ten comments

Port an Puca

This is my current favourite tune, learnt off John Blake, Lamond Gillespie, and Mick Leahy’s second trio album. They inform that the jig appears on the Joyce Collection and that 19th century Galway piper Paddy Conneely is cited as the source there. A bit of research shows that it’s also on the O’Neill (no.319). A little different and less playable too.

Angelina Carberry plays a lovely version of this tune with her father on Memories from the Holla. Thanks for submitting it slainte.

I was thinking that John Blake learnt this jig from the Carberrys. Paddy, is this basically the same version they recorded? And could you inform where they got it?

X: 1
T: The Pooca
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
D: Peter Carberry, Angelina Carberry & John Blake - Memories From Holla
K: Gmaj
dBA ~B3|GBd gab|age dBG|BAG Age|
dBA ~B3|GBd gab|age dBA|BGG Gge:|
|:ded deg|aba aga|bge edB|BAG Age|
dBA ~B3|GBd gab|age dBA|BGG Gge:|

Banjo is going |GBd gab| in bar 2. Box is holding on that top G |GBd g3|.

Yeah, it’s pretty much the same version.

Have you got the sleeve notes, Dow?

No, but check your e-mail.

Cheers. So they tuned down their instruments.