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Lyr Req: Fairy Haunts

michaelr 05 Feb 09 - 08:25 PM
ClaireBear 06 Feb 09 - 12:57 AM
Malcolm Douglas 06 Feb 09 - 01:42 AM
michaelr 06 Feb 09 - 03:23 PM
Jim Dixon 07 Feb 09 - 08:01 PM
Jack Campin 07 Feb 09 - 08:13 PM
Malcolm Douglas 07 Feb 09 - 09:00 PM
Jim Dixon 09 Feb 09 - 04:47 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Fairy Haunts
From: michaelr
Date: 05 Feb 09 - 08:25 PM

Just read a post on IRTRAD about a book called Moffat's "Minstrelsy of Ireland" and a song therein called "Fairy Haunts". As I understand, it is to the air of "Jackson's Morning Brush"; words of "Fairy Haunts" seem to be attributed to one Joseph Fitzgerald, from "Old Songs of Ireland" (London, 1843).

I'd appreciate any info on either book, and of course the lyrics to "Fairy Haunts".

Cheers,
Michael


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Subject: Lyr Add: FAIRY HAUNTS
From: ClaireBear
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 12:57 AM

No info on the books, but I did find a poem by that name at this site of "songs from the Hibernian Songster." The rhythm speaks strongly of "The Rose of Tralee," so don't know if it's the right poem. No author was listed.

Fairy Haunts

My home's on the mountain, my dance by the fountain.
        The music I dote on is sung by the rill.
The gambols I squander are by the well yonder.
        Where leans the grey oak at the foot of the hill.
Of the flow'rs of the willow I weave my light pillow
        My slumbers are winged, and fleeting, and blest.
And sunlight adorning the bow'rs of young morning,
           I wing my way back to the hills I love best.

I love to rove only at midnight when lonely,
        And play with the moon in the old Abbey wall.
The olden days seeming, methinks, the harp's dreaming,
        Its long faded dirges in bow'r and in hall.
Where youth's grave lies wrinkled, with snow garland sprinkled,
        I love to still linger till twilight appears,
Wherever woe weepeth or fair virtue sleepeth,
        They belong not to night, they're my own dewy tears.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fairy Haunts
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 01:42 AM

Yes, that's the right poem. It appears in Moffat's book as 'My Home's on the Mountain', subtitled 'Fairy Haunts' and is ascribed to Joseph Fitzgerald. Moffat's note is brief:

'This air, called "Jackson's Morning Brush" has long been a favourite in both Ireland and Scotland. It was evidently composed by Jackson, a musician of last century, who seems to have resided in Ballingarry, barony of Upper Connello, Co. Limerick, and who was celebrated for his skill on the violin and Irish bagpipes, and for the composition of many lively airs. "The Morning Brush" was printed in Edmund Lee's publication of circa 1775, entitled Jackson's Celebrated Irish Tunes; it was also used by Arnold in his opera, The Agreeable Surprise, 1781; Thompson included it in his Country Dances for 1779, and Aird in his Selection, vol. I., 1782. I have taken the song "Fairy Haunts" from Fitzgerald's Old Songs of Old Ireland, London, 1843.'

Alfred Moffat, The Minstrelsy of Ireland: 206 Irish Songs Adapted to their Traditional Airs, Arranged for Voice with Pianoforte Accompaniment, and Supplemented with Historical Notes by Alfred Moffat: Fourth (Enlarged) Edition. London: Augener Edition No. 8928, n.d., pp 148-9. (Moffat's introduction, reprinted from the first edition, is dated 1897; my copy is inscribed 1916.)

There are rather a lot of 'Jackson's' tunes, many credited to the same man mentioned here: see The Fiddler's Companion, http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/JACKSON.htm.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fairy Haunts
From: michaelr
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 03:23 PM

Thank you both!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fairy Haunts
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 Feb 09 - 08:01 PM

The musical notation for "Jackson's Morning Brush" can be seen in Irish Minstrels and Musicians by Francis O'Neill (Chicago: Regan Printing House, 1913).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fairy Haunts
From: Jack Campin
Date: 07 Feb 09 - 08:13 PM

Jackson's Morning Brush as printed by Aird in his first book (c.1778) has three strains. How many are used in that song?

(Aird v1 is on my site).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fairy Haunts
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 07 Feb 09 - 09:00 PM

The first and third, the latter a bit altered as compared to Lee and Aird, and the whole transposed down two semitones.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fairy Haunts
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 04:47 PM

This book description is from the University of Illinois:

Title:          The old songs of old Ireland / with symphonies and accompaniments by Wellington Guernsey and characteristic words by the Rev. Joseph Fitz-gerald.
Published:         London : Mori, Lavena, [1843]
Publisher Number:         L 401--L 412 Mori, Levena, & Co.
Physical Description:         1 score (63 p.) ; 35 cm.
        
Subject (LCSH):         Folk music --Ireland.
        Folk songs, English --Ireland.
        Ballads, English --Ireland.
        Songs, English --Ireland.
        Songs with piano.
Other Name:         Guernsey, Wellington, 1817-1885.
        Fitzgerald, Joseph, 1837-
Notes:         Date 1843 from prefatory "advertisement"; title page printed with green ink.
        Traditional songs and airs with piano accompaniment; English words.
        Complete text of each song printed separately.
        Plates numbered non-consecutively.


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