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Irish Traditional Music Tune Index
Tune ID#1540 (An Páistín Fionn)

Basic musical information on this tune.
Type ?
Song
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
An Páistín Fionn / An Paistin Fionn / An Paistín Fíonn / An Paisdín Fionn / Paisdín Fionn / An Paístin Fionn / The Little Fair Child / The Fair-Haired Child / The Fair Haired Child / The Fair-haired Girl / The Fair Haired Boy (in either Major or Dorian modes, often as air, included here, also as waltz on RtHaMtD and as a slow jig on MMcNmr 2, and compare as hornpipe #1541 and as jig Statia Donnelly's #960)
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Discography cd

Here are all recordings of this song – considering only the indexed recordings.

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Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
19635#1
[RtHaMtD] Round the House and Mind the Dresser. Jimmy Power (fiddle).
19695#1
[Ch 2] The Chieftains. 2. Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Seán Potts (whistle), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Peadar Mercier (bodhrán, bones), Seán Keane (fiddle).
~197911#1
[Ev] Kevin Burke and Jackie Daly. Eavesdropper. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Jackie Daly (accordion, concertina).
~199210#2
[Scglen 3] Scartaglen. Last Night's Fun. Irish Music in America. Kirk Lynch (pipes, whistle, etc.), Connie Dover (vocals, keyboards), Roger Landes (bouzouki etc.), Michael Dugger (fiddle etc.). For this tune: Kirk (whistle).
19931.13#1
[MR 10] Micho Russell. Rarities and Old Favorites 1949-1993. Micho Russell (whistle, flute, vocals). For this tune: (vocals).
19931.13#2
[MR 10] Micho Russell. Rarities and Old Favorites 1949-1993. Micho Russell (whistle, flute, vocals). For this tune: (C# whistle).
~19936#1
[MR 6] Micho Russell. The Limestone Rock. Micho Russell (whistle). For this tune: (vocals, Bb whistle).
~199610#1
[GOh] Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin. Traditional Music from Clare and Beyond. Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin (concertina, whistle).
199811#1
[Chlr 1] Chulrua. Barefoot on the Altar. Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Tim Britton (pipes, flute, whistle), Pat Egan (guitar, vocals). For this tune: Paddy (accordion).
~19981.10#1
[JCrehan] Junior Crehan. The Last House in Ballymakea. Junior Crehan (fiddle, vocals, concertina). For this tune: Junior Crehan (fiddle).
19998#1
[Dnu 2] Danú. Think before You Think. Tom Doorley (flute, whistle), Eamon Doorley (bouzouki, mandola), Brendan McCarthy (accordion), Jesse Smith (fiddle, viola), Noel Ryan (guitar), Donnchadh Gough (bodhrán, pipes), Ciarán Ó Gealbháin (vocals).
~20003#1
[MMcNmr 2] Mary MacNamara. The Blackberry Blossom. Mary MacNamara (concertina). For this tune: (C/G concertina).
~20003#2
[MMcNmr 2] Mary MacNamara. The Blackberry Blossom. Mary MacNamara (concertina). For this tune: (C/G concertina).
~20017#1
[Lu 3] Lúnasa. The Merry Sisters of Fate. Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle), Seán Smyth (fiddle, whistle), Cillian Vallely (pipes, whistle), Donogh Hennessy (guitar, whistle), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass). For this tune: (low F whistle).
~20043#1
[JK 4] James Kelly. Melodic Journeys. James Kelly (fiddle).
~200611#1
[CrnrHs 2] Corner House. The Friendly Visit. Davey Mathias (guitar), Andi Hearn (fiddle, vocals).
~20136#1
[GWhln 5] Gavin Whelan. Catch the Air. Traditional Slow Airs. Gavin Whelan (whistle, pipes). For this tune: (low F whistle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
An Páistín Fionn
MR 10, MMcNmr 2
May Morning Dew
Scglen 3
Played beforeOn Albums
Páistín Fionn
Ev, Lu 3
An Páistín Fionn
MR 10, MMcNmr 2
Mrs. Crotty's Christening
Ch 2
An Suisin Bán
GOh
Paddy Taylor's Reel
Chlr 1

Bibliography

Here are transcriptions of this song – considering only the indexed books, listed in chronological order.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #7 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #8 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #21 in volume 1 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #22 in volume 1 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
On page 24 of [MR] Barbara Wygol (tunes), Jenny Loui (text). The Piper's Chair. A Collection of Tunes and Folklore from Micho Russell.

If you are considering using the above transcriptions to help you learn this tune, I invite you to check these practical Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music. See also: So why do you bother indexing books and abc?

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1903