Fanny Power waltz

By Turlough O’Carolan

Also known as Fainní Ní Poer, Fanny Poer, Fanny Powers, Madame Trench, Mrs Power, Mrs. Fanny Power, Mrs. Trench, Planxty Fanny Power, Planxty Fanny Powers, Planxty Power.

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Ten settings

X: 1
T: Fanny Power
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:D|"G"G2D "Em"G>AB|"C"c2B "D"A2G|"C"F>GE "D"D>ED|"Bm"F2G "D"A>Bc|
"G"B>AG "Em"B>cd|"C"e2A "D"A2G|"C"F>GE "D"D>GF|"G" G3 G2:|
|:d|"G"dB/c/d dB/c/d|"Em"G>AG GBd|"C"ec/d/e ec/d/e|"D"A>BA ABc|
"G"B>cd "C"e>fg|"D"f>ga d2c|"G"B>AG "D"A/B/cF|"G"G3 G2:|
X: 2
T: Fanny Power
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:D|G2 D G>AB|c2 B A2 G|F>ED DED|F2 G A>Bc|
B>AG B>cd|e2 A A2 G|G>FE DGF|G3- G2:|
|:d|dB/c/d dB/c/d|G>AG GBd|ec/d/e ec/d/e|A>BA ABc|
BB/c/d ee/f/g|f<af d2 c|B>AG A<cF|G3- G2:|
|:D2|G4 D2|G3 A B2|c4 B2|A4 G2|F3 E D2|D2 E2 D2|F4 G2|A3 B c2|
B3 A G2|B3 c d2|e4 A2|A4 G2|G3 F E2|D2 G2 F2|G6-|G4:|
|:d2|d2 Bc d2|d2 Bc d2|G3 A G2|G2 B2 d2|e2 cd e2|e2 cd e2|A3 B A2|A2 B2 c2|
B2 Bc d2|e2 ef g2|fa- a2 f|d4 c2|B3 A G2|Ac- c2 F2|G6-|G4:|
X: 3
T: Fanny Power
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:D|"G"G2D "Em"G>AB|"C"c2B "D"A2G|"D7/C"F>GE "Bm7"D>ED|"D/A"F2G "D"A>Bc|
"G"B>AG "Em"B>cd|"C"e2A "Am"A2G|"D7/C"F>GE "D/A"D>GF|"Cadd9"G3 "G/B"G2:|
|:d|"G"dB/c/d dB/c/d|"Em"G>AG GBd|"C"ec/d/e ec/d/e|"D"A>BA ABc|
"G"B>cd "C"e>fg|"D"f>ga "Bm7"d2c|"G"B>AG "D"A/B/cF|"Cadd9"G3 "G/B"G2:|
6/8|:G6 Em7|C6 - Bm7 A7 - A7/G|D7 - A7/E D/F# - A7/E|
D/F# - A7/G D/A - -|G6 Bm7|C6 A7|C/G D/A|G6:|
|:G6 Bm7|Em Em7/D|Am Am7/G|D7/F# D7|
G6 Am7|Bm7 Em7|A7/9 - - Cm6 - D/A|G6:|
X: 4
T: Fanny Power
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|"G"G2D GAB|"C"c2B A2G|"D"F2E DFD|"D"F2G A2c|
d|g2g g2d|c2c c2e|d2d dcB|ded cBA|
"G"BAG Bcd|"C"e2A A2G|"C"F2E DGF|"G"G3 G3:|
G2G GAB|c2c c2e|d2d def|gdB G3:|
Bc|"G"dB/c/d "D"dB/c/d|"Em"GBG "G"GBG|"C"ec/d/e ec/d/e|"D"AcA AcA|
zz|g3 f3|g3 d3|c3 B3|c3 A3|
"G"Bcd "C"efg|"D"fga dec|"G"BAG "D"(3A/B/c/AF|"G"G3 G3:|
# Added by JACKB .
X: 5
T: Fanny Power
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
"Grazioso"F|F2 C FGA|B2 A G2 F|E2 D CEC|E2 F G2 B|
AGF ABc|d2 G G2 F|E2 D CFE|F3 F2||
A|cA/B/c cA/B/c|FAF FAF|dB/c/d dB/c/d|GBG GBG|
ABc def|efg cdc|A2 F GAG|F3 F2||
"Grazioso"F2|F4 C2|F2 G2 A2|B4 A2|G4 F2|E4 D2|C2 E2 C2|E4 F2|G4 B2|
A2 G2 F2|A2 B2 c2|d4 G2|G4 F2|E4 D2|C2 F2 E2|F6|F4||
A2|c2 AB c2|c2 AB c2|F2 A2 F2|F2 A2 F2|d2 Bc d2|d2 Bc d2|G2 B2 G2|G2 B2 G2|
A2 B2 c2|d2 e2 f2|e2 f2 g2|c2 d2 c2|A4 F2|G2 A2 G2|F6|F4||
X: 6
T: Fanny Power
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:G|G2 D GAB|c2 B A2 G|F2 E DFD|F2 G A2 c|
BAG Bcd|e2 A A2 G|F2 E DGF|G3 G2:|
|:B|dB/c/d dB/c/d|GBG GBG|ec/d/e ec/d/e|AcA AcA|
Bcd efg|fga ded|B2 G ABA|G3 G2:|
|:G2|G4 D2|G2 A2 B2|c4 B2|A4 G2|F4 E2|D2 F2 D2|F4 G2|A4 c2|
B2 A2 G2|B2 c2 d2|e4 A2|A4 G2|F4 E2|D2 G2 F2|G6|G4:|
|:B2|d2 Bc d2|d2 Bc d2|G2 B2 G2|G2 B2 G2|e2 cd e2|e2 cd e2|A2 c2 A2|A2 c2 A2|
B2 c2 d2|e2 f2 g2|f2 g2 a2|d2 e2 d2|B4 G2|A2 B2 A2|G6|G4:|
X: 7
T: Fanny Power
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:zD|G2 D G>AB|c2 B A2 G|F2 E DFD|F2 G A>Bc|
BB/A/G Bcd|e2 A A2 G|GFE DGF|G3- G:|
|:Bc|dB/c/d dB/c/d|G>AG GBd|ec/d/e ec/d/e/c/|A>BA ABc|
B>cd ee/f/g|f<af d2 c|B>AG A<cF|G3- G:|
|:z2 D2|G4 D2|G3 A B2|c4 B2|A4 G2|F4 E2|D2 F2 D2|F4 G2|A2 B2 c2|
B2 BA G2|B2 c2 d2|e4 A2|A4 G2|G2 F2 E2|D2 G2 F2|G6-|G2:|
|:B2 c2|d2 Bc d2|d2 Bc d2|G3 A G2|G2 B2 d2|e2 cd e2|e2 cd ec|A3 B A2|A2 B2 c2|
B3 c d2|e2 ef g2|fa- a2 f|d4 c2|B3 A G2|Ac- c2 F2|G6-|G2:|
X: 8
T: Fanny Power
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:D|"G" G2 D G>AB|"Am"c2 B A2 G|"D" F>GE DED|"D7" F2 G A>Bc|
"G" B>AG Bcd|"C" e2 A A2 G|"D" F>GE DGF|"G" G2 G G2:|
|:d|"G" dB/c/d "(Bm/F#)" dB/c/d|"Em" G>AG GBd|"C" ec/d/e "(Am)" ec/d/e|"D" A>BA ABc|
"G" B>cd "Em" efg|"D (Am)" fga "(D)" d2 c|"G (G/D)" B>AG "D" A/B/cF|"G" G2 G G2:|
W: (Music part A:)
W: When all but dreaming was Fanny Power,
W: A light came streaming from out her bower.
W: A heavy thought at her door delayed.
W: A heavy hand on the latch was laid.
W: (Music part A:)
W: "Now, who dare venture at this dark hour
W: Unbid to enter my maiden bower?"
W: "Oh, Fanny, open the door to me
W: And your true lover you'll surely see."
W: (Music part B:)
W: "My own true lover so tall and brave,
W: He lives in next isle o'er the angry wave."
W: "Your true love's body lies on the pier.
W: His faithful spirit is with you here."
W: (Music part B:)
W: "Oh, his look was cheerful and his voice was gay,
W: Your face is fearful and your speech is gray;
W: And sad and tearful your eye of blue.
W: Ah, but Patrick, Patrick, alas, 'tis you!"
W: (Music part A:)
W: The dawn was breaking. She heard below
W: The two cocks shaking their wings to crow.
W: "Oh, hush you! hush you! both red and gray,
W: Or will you hurry my love away?"
W: (Music part B:)
W: "Oh, hush your crowin', both gray and red,
W: Or he will be goin' to join the dead;
W: And cease you calling his ghost to the mold;
W: And I'll come crowning your wings with gold."
W: (Music part A:)
W: When all but dreaming was Fanny Power,
W: A light came streaming beneath her bower;
W: And on the morrow, when they awoke,
W: They knew that sorrow her heart had broke.
W: (Music part B)
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X: 9
T: Fanny Power
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:{g}A|{Gdc}d2{e}A {Gdc}d3/2e/{g}f|{gf}g2f{gef}e2d|{gde}dc{e}B{G}A2{GAG}A|{gcd}c3/2B/{g}c3/4d/4{gef}e2{gf}g|
{g}f3/2e/d {g}f3/2g/a|B3/2g/f{gef}e2d|{gde}dc{e}B {G}A3/2d/{g}c|{Gdc}d3 {gdG}d:|
|:{g}f3/4g/4|{ag}af3/4g/4a {g}af3/4g/4a|d3/2f/d {gde}d3/2f/d|{gf}ge3/4f/4g {f}ge3/4f/4g|{cd}c3/2e/c {gcd}c3/2e/c|
{g}f3/2e/d {g}f3/2g/a|B3/2g/f{gef}e2d|{gde}dc{e}B {G}A3/2d/{g}c|{Gdc}d3 {gdG}d:|
X: 10
T: Fanny Power
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D2|:G4 D2|G3A B2|c4 B2|A4 G2|G2 F2 E2|D2 F2 D2|F4 G2|A4 c2|
B3A G2|B2 c2 d2|e4 A2|A3B G2|G2 F2 E2|D2 G2 F2|G6|1 G4 D2:|2 G4 d2||
|:d2 Bc d2|d2 Bc d2|G3B G2|G2 B2 d2|e2 cd e2|e2 cd e2|A3c A2|A2 c2 A2|
B3c d2|e2 f2 g2|f3g a2|d4 c2|B3A G2|D2 G2 F2|G6|1 G4 d2:|2 G6||

Thirty-one comments

Fanny Poer

A nice little waltz. I like to play it before Give Me Your Hand, they flow together nicely.

Fanny Power

We often play this tune at gigs. Depending on the general mood of the evening and our feedback from the audience, whoever in the group announces it will place the stress on the first or second word of the English version of the title.

NOT a waltz

This tune is not a waltz as a) the waltz did not become popular in Europe until well after O’Carolan’s death and b) it is in 6/8. I notice that despite the 3/4 time signature you have transcribed it in 6/8.

Re: Not a waltz

Oops! I failed to look at the time sig as I was transcribing it, and even though the 3 note groupings etc. I still thought it was in 3/4… Sorry about that!

Fanny Power by Turlough O’Carolan

Although Carolan didn’t write Fanny Power as a waltz (as Miles stated above, the tune predates the dance form), this tune does work well as a waltz, though I think it sounds best played a little too fast to really waltz to it. I think it would be appropriate to notate it in 3/4 – cut the measures in half and double the note values from what is here – but that really doesn’t matter. O’Sullivan’s book* shows it in 6/8.

This is one of the best-known of Turlough O’Carolan’s tunes. Some folks feel it’s overplayed and prefer not to hear it again, but others of us never get tired of this beautiful melody. I love the way the B part sings on flute or fiddle.

*Carolan: The Life Times and Music of an Irish Harper, by Donal O’Sullivan. Cork, Ireland: Ossian Publications Ltd, 2001. ISBN 1-900428-71-7 (paperback)

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Try this variant!

Bar 2 of Part B: GBG GBG
Bar 4 of Part B: ACA ACA

(that’s the way I learnt it; isn’t it nice?)

Suggestion for a harmony line

I have been playing (quietly in the background!) a harmony line to this tune which you might like to try. Let me know how you get on.

T:Fanny Powers Harmony
C:Composer : Robin Beech
N:Montreal 28/02/2004
D |:B,2 D B,2 D |E4 FG |AGF GAE |(D2D3)A |B2 G c2 A |B2 G E2 G |FGA AGF |1GDB, G,2 D :|2GDB, G,2 D ::B,2 D B,2 D |B4 AG |E2 G E2 G |c4 BA |BAG FED |CB,A, B,CD |EFG AGF |1GDB, G,2 D :|2GDB, G,3 :|

Just realised that the B line of this piece is used by the Pogues in the tune “London You’re a Lady” on the “Peace and Love” album.

“Fanny Poer” / “Planxty Fanny Power” ~ O’Carolan ~ waltzified

C: O’Carolan
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
R: waltz
K: G Major
|: D2 |
G4 D2 | G3 A B2 | c4 B2 | A4 G2 | F3 E D2 | D2 E2 D2 | F4 G2 | A3 B c2 |
B3 A G2 | B3 c d2 | e4 A2 | A4 G2 | G3 F E2 | D2 G2 F2 | G6- | G4 :|
|: d2 |
d2 Bc d2 | d2 Bc d2 | G3 A G2 | G2 B2 d2 | e2 cd e2 | e2 cd e2 | A3 B A2 | A2 B2 c2 |
B2 Bc d2 | e2 ef g2 | fa- a2 f | d4 c2 | B3 A G2 | Ac- c2 F2 | G6- | G4 :|

This is in answer to ~
Discussion #13186: “Name that waltz” ~ “ ~ a ‘waltz’ I learned from the great Áine Uí Laoithe from Dún Chaoin, but I only know it as bhalsanna “waltzes” so anyone with the actual name for this would be very welcome. I suck at ABC as I can’t read music, but cobbled this together. I know it looks like a cat threw up on my keyboard, but if you play it in ABC it sounds close to ok.“
le meas, Dónall Ó Dúil

# Posted on March 30th 2007 by dubhghaill


Is mian liom labhairt ar óg-mhaol shuairc.
Is uaisle geanúla gnaol agus cáil,
Do bhios insa mbaile tá ag cuan Loch Riabhach
Táim buioch nar casadh mé laimh léi.
Is aerach is tréitheach an mhaighdean bhreá scafánta
Grá chroí na héireann an péarla deas galanta
ïOlaidh go tréan is ná déanaigi failli,
Faoi thuairim Fainí nion Dáibhi.

Siúd í an eala tá ag taobh a’ chuain
Na sluaite fear dul in éag dá grá
‘S í Faini deas geanúll na ndlaoi is na ndual
Fuar bua go minic le haille.
Nár fhága mé an saol ó go mbi mé go ceannasach
A’ damhsa go h’aerach is mé ar do bhainis sé
Fógraim an té sin a d’iarrfadh aon spré leat,
A phéarla leanbh na mbán ghlac.

I wish to speak of a gracious young lady,
A loveable lady of beauty and reputation,
Who lives in the town near the bay of Loch Riabhach.
I’m thankful that I had the chance to meet her.
She’s lively, airy, - a cultured fine maiden,
The love of all Ireland and a nice cultured pearl.
O drink up now and don’t be slack!
To Fanny, the daughter of David.

She is the swan at the edge of the bay,
Crowds of men are dying for her love.
She’s nice gentle Fanny of locks and braids,
Who often gets the prize for beauty.
May I not leave this world, if I may be so bold,
Unless I can cheerfully dance at your wedding feast.
I challenge the one who would ever ask a dowry for you,
O Pearl-Child of white hands.

Poor chords

better chords could be put up, they dont fit very well, eg the Bm is wrong

Chords for Fanny Poer

Here are some other chords (slash chords are optional)
T: Fanny Poer
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: piece
K: Gmaj
|:D|“G”G2D “Em”G>AB|“C”c2B “D”A2G|“D7/C”F>GE “Bm7”D>ED|“D/A”F2G “D”A>Bc|
“G”B>AG “Em”B>cd|“C”e2A “Am”A2G|“D7/C”F>GE “D/A”D>GF|“Cadd9”G3 “G/B”G2 :|
|: d|“G”dB/2c/2d dB/2c/2d|“Em”G>AG GBd|“C”ec/2d/2e ec/2d/2e|“D”A>BA ABc|
“G”B>cd “C”e>fg|“D”f>ga “Bm7”d2c|“G”B>AG “D”A/2B/2cF|“Cadd9”G3 “G/B”G2:|
and a wee bit more adventureous with a kind of jazz waltz feel
( I hope you don’t mind!):
6/8|:G6 Em7 |C6 - Bm7 A7 - A7/G |D7 - A7/E D/F# - A7/E |
D/F# - A7/G D/A - -|G6 Bm7 |C6 A7 |C/G D/A |G6 :|
|:G6 Bm7 |Em Em7/D |Am Am7/G |D7/F# D7 |
G6 Am7 |Bm7 Em7 |A7/9 - - Cm6 - D/A |G6 :|

In France it’s a slow waltz

This is regularly played & danced to in a traditional “bal” held regularly by the seine in paris. They do it slow & stately there, & it gets called “valse écossaise”! They mark a pause (on the “c” in bar 2 if I’m not mistaken) & the dancers go on tiptoes at that moment. Rather nice, & usualy catches me by surprise.

I’ve arranged this tune as a jig - I plan to put it on my site soon.

The name Poer

So…when I visited the South of Ireland, I went to a place called Powerscourt, which was a family’s large home, and I seem to remember the family name being Poer…any connection?

I disagree with chords

All chords, on principle, or just the ones listed for this tune? 🙂


the ending of the A section is suposed to be played


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Fanny poer

Fanny power sounds nice played with the southwind

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The Swan of the Shore

samiam590, Power is a relatively common name in Ireland (as in Power’s whiskey for instance) in South Leinster esp. It came with the Normans, see for an overview.
As for the connection between Powerscourt, the Big House you named and the lady of the title, it is either inexistant or indirect, for plausible connections, you probably would have to do your own research; here are some starting clues:

Note that the post concerning the Poer family was from 2009.

Moreover, you should really pay attention to those links you give. It clearly states in the booklet you linked to that the Poer/Poher/Power connection with Powerscourt was Eustace Power, who was a descendant of Sir Richard Power, as was Sir William Power of Kilbolane.
David Power of Corheen was a descendant of Sir William (David Power of the Carolan ditty). David Power’s wife was Elizabeth Power (née Keating) who was apparently the ‘Mrs Power’ subject of that tune commonly called ‘Carolan’s Concerto’ and their daughter, Frances, was ‘Fanny Power’.
Frances married the politician Richard Trench (and he did well out of the marriage).
So, indeed, the Poer/Power family that apparently gave name to Powerscourt is of the same ilk as the Power family who patronised Carolan.

Is that “plausible” enough for you?

X: 5 & X: 6 “Fanny Power”

B: “Carolan: The Life, Times and Music of an Irish Harper” by Donal O’Sullivan
N: Volume One, page 246, tune #155: “Fanny Power”
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X: 6 is X: 5 transposed up a step from F to G Major
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Notes from Volume Two of the same publication, pages 97 - 98: 155. Fanny Power:

Mrs. Trench or Fanny Power (Bunting), by Carolan (Madame Trench / Planxty Power in other early collections) ~ Fanny (Frances) Power was the daughter and heiress of David and Elizabeth Power of Coorheen, Loughrea. She married, on the 13th March, 1732, Richard Trench of Garbally, County Galway ~

Re: Fanny Power

Is there any way to tell which of the 8 versions (or none of the above) is the original, the way O’Carolyn wrote it?

Re: Fanny Power

Frank: the answer you’re looking for is

X: 5

Re: Fanny Power

Not really that different from the original, apart from variations in the second part. O’Carolan was a harp player, not a piper.

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Re: Fanny Power

I first encountered the tune in O’Neil’s Collection, as 6/8 and key of A. Planxty Fanny Powers.
My next encounter was as a waltz in the key of G. In the contra dance world it has become very popular as the dance before intermission or a the end of the dance. It lends itself to wonderful harmonies.
Sylvia Miskoe, Concord NH USA

Re: Fanny Power

Does anyone know of any recordings of vocal versions of Fanny Power other than this one: (Barde’s version from their album ‘Barde’ 1977)

and a 60’s or early 70’s recording by Seán Ó Sé with Seán Ó Riada and Ceoltóirí Chualann?
Re: rhythm, I have found that playing Fanny Power in 1 rather than in 3 or 6 gives it more substance and gets rid of that dainty, dancy flavour. Perhaps it’s because I sing the song as well as play it. Read the lyrics out loud and you’ll see what I mean.

Is mian liom labhairt ar óig-mhnaoi shuairc,
Is uasle geanúla gnaoi ’gus cáil.
Do bhíos ins an bhaile tá ’g cuan Loch Riabhach
Táim buíoch nár casadh mé láimh léi

They don’t lend themselves easily to a waltz interpretation. However, the folk process being what it is, this song will evolve the way it wants to. In the immortal words of Fred Torak, “The more there is, the more there is.”

Re: Fanny Power

Not exactly what you asked, Jack, I know, but the tune is used for the song “Sweet Portaferry in the Kingdom of Down”.

Re: Fanny Power

sorry, I don’t know how ABC notation works…I loved the duet version annotated above, but found a couple of dissonances when I played it in our session (eg, see 3rd full measure, ‘e’ in 1st part & ‘d’ in 2nd; also 4th measure from the end, 2nd triplet with sequential dissonances, ‘e+f’ followed by ‘f+g’). I tidied up the harmony part & posted on ‘musescore’, should be able to download without fee. You can also preview the sound- there is a ‘play’ icon in the upper left corner, under the title ‘musescore’:

note that in the 2nd part, 3rd full measure one is intended to either play a ‘b’ or a ‘c’, not both simultaneously- and in the other spots where 2 notes are given in the 2nd part- also ‘either/or’ options…