The Fair Wind reel

Also known as A Fair Wind, An Bóthar Garbh, Bóthar Garbh, Fairwind, Flanagan’s Favourite, Maeve’s Return, Mulhaire’s, The Rough Road, Sunday Bells, The West Clare.

There are 72 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Abbey (a few times) and Father Kelly’s (a few times).

The Fair Wind has been added to 1 tune set.

The Fair Wind has been added to 248 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The Fair Wind
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: A3E A3B | cBAB cBBc | A3E A2AB |1 cBAF FEEE :|2 cBAF FEE2 ||
|: ceec A3B | c2ec dBBd | ceec A2AB |1 cABF FEEd :|2 cBAF FEE2 ||
|: AFFF d3B | cBAB cBBc |1 AFFF d2dB | cBAF FEE2 :|2 ce3 f2ec | BdcA BAFE ||
X: 2
T: The Fair Wind
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
DGGF ~G3A|BAGA BA~A2|DGGF ~G3A|1 BAGE EDDE:|2 BAGE EDDA||
|:BddB ~G3A|BddB cAAc|BddB ~G3A|1 BAGE EDDA:|2 BAGE EDDE||
|:GE~E2 c3A|B2dB AcBA|GE~E2 c3A|1 BAGE EDDE:|2 BAGE EDDE||
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X: 3
T: The Fair Wind
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
~G3F ~G3A|BAGA BAAB|~G3E ~G3A|1BAGE EDDE:|2BAGE EDDc||
BcdB ~G3A|BcdB cAAc|BcdB ~G3A|1BAGE EDDc:|2BAGE EDDE||
GE~E2 ~c3A|BAGA BAAB|GE~E2 ~c3A|1BAGE EDDA:|2BAGE EDDE||
X: 4
T: The Fair Wind
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: E | G2GG G3A | BAGA BAAB | G2GG G3A | BAGE EDD :|
|: A | BddB G3A | BddB cA~A2 | BddB G3A | BAGE EDD :|
|: E | GE~E2 c3A | BddB AcBA | GE~E2 c3A | BAGE EDD :|
X: 5
T: The Fair Wind
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: B | d3d/d/ d3e | fede feef | d3d/d/ d3e | fedB BAA :|
|: e | faaf d3e | faaf ge~e2 | faaf d3e | fedB BAA :|
|: B | dB~B2 g3e | faaf egfe | dB~B2 g3e | fedB BAA :|
X: 6
T: The Fair Wind
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: A3E A3B | cBAB cB B2 | A3E A3B | cBAF FE E2 :||
|: ceec A3B | ceec dBBd | ceec A3B |1 cAAF FEEd :|2 cBAF FE E2 ||
|: AF F2 d3B | cBAB cB B2 | AF F2 d3B | cBAF FE E2 :||
# Added by JACKB .

Twenty-two comments

This is Tamalin’s version to Fair Wind; Dervish also play in their "Out on the Road" set- it’s the third tune, after Repeal of the Union. They play it in G major, I think, and slightly different. But I prefer the John McSherry way, so… :-) Enjoy!

Fair Wind

Good tune, I learned this in G. A works just as well. A real nice rattler on the Banjo.

A little nice tune. Easy to play yet very "dancant"(?)

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DANSANT!

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I love this little gem, I play it in D sometimes as well.

Fair Wind

Belfast band "Tamalin" recorded it in A.

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T:A Fair Wind
M:4/4
L:1/8
S:Dervish: "Midsunner’s Night"
R:reel
Z:g.m.p
K:G
~G3F ~G3A|BAGA BAAB|~G3E ~G3A|1BAGE EDDE:|2BAGE EDDc||
BcdB ~G3A|BcdB cAAc|BcdB ~G3A|1BAGE EDDc:|2BAGE EDDE||
GE~E2 ~c3A|BAGA BAAB|GE~E2 ~c3A|1BAGE EDDA:|2BAGE EDDE||

sounds a lot like "Rip the Calico", doesn’t it?

Err…so much so that I think it *is* Tear the Calico…well spotted!

i really like the third part

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This does sound like Rip the Calico and yet definately is NOT Rip/Tear the Calico, at least not the Calico version the Bothy Band played.

The C-part of Fair Wind is the same as the B-Part in Rip the Calico, the other parts are different.

Compare: https://thesession.org/tunes/719

(The Fair WInd is also on Danu’s "Danu" album after Joe Bane’s.)

Same as Fair Wind in A major

This tune is in G major and it’s also listed in A major.
I learned it from Jack Gilder’s lovely playing in A.
It does not come up when you input Fairwind—too bad.

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A fun tune, It also appears on "Midsummers Night" by dervish

Maeve’s Return

We play this tune in G at our sessions in Wellington (NZ) but know it as Maeve’s Return… slight variation but pretty much the same.

BTCpz: If you make allowance for the different tonality (D rather than G) the 3rd part of this reel is virtually the same as the 2d part of Rip The Calico; https://thesession.org/tunes/719 ..you might like that tune too.

Tannahill Weavers setting and more tune names

I learned this tune from the Tannahill Weavers recording under the name "Mulhaire’s" or "The Rough Road", and for the longest time I couldn’t find it on the Session.

The Tannies play it in D, to fit the GHB, while the local session I go to sometimes has played it in G. I’ve submitted settings in both keys.