#1148: Program #1148

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It's commonly believed that one of the most famous of Irish folk songs, "She Moves Through the Fair," is a traditional Irish folk tune but in fact it was written by a twentieth-century songwriting team: Irish poet Padraic Clum (1881-1972), a contemporary and close friend of James Joyce, and Belfast-born collector/arranger Herbert Hughes, who based the modal melody on a traditional Gaelic air. As this March 17, 1995 edition of New Sounds illustrates, innumerable versions of this song have been written over the years, by Fairport Convention, Margaret Barry, Davey Graham, Marianne Faithful, and others.

PROGRAM #1148: Theme and Variations: "She Moved Through The Fair" (Original New York airdate: 3-17-95)


Margaret Barry

Songs Of An Irish Tinker Lady

She Moves Through The Fair {3:30}

Riverside #RLP12-602. 1955 LP; out of print. Reissued as " I Sang Through the Fairs - The Alan Lomax Portait Series on Rounder Records in 2001.** Or available at Amazon.com*

Various Artists

The Electric Music -- The Story Of Folk Into Rock

Davey Graham: She Moves Through The Fair {4:00}

4-LP set, Island #FOLK-1001. Out of print. Reissued on CD in 1996, but no longer in print, info about the set at: www.informatik.uni-hamburg.de

Fairport Convention

What We Did On Our Holidays

She Moves Through The Fair {4:00}

Carthage #CGCD4430. Distr. by Rykodisc. Try Amazon.com*

The Chieftains (w/Sinead O'Connor)

The Long Black Veil

He Moved Through The Fair {5:00}

BMG/RCA Victor #62702**. Available at Amazon.com*

Various Artists

A Week Or Two In The Real World

Jam Nation: She Moved Through The Fair {7:00}

Real World/Caroline #2346** www.realworld.co.uk

Marianne Faithful

Blazing Away

She Moved Through The Fair {2:00}

Island #842-794-2**. Available at Amazon.com*

Loreena McKennitt

Live In San Francisco

She Moved Through The Fair {5:30}

Promotional CD from Warner Bros./Quinlan Road Records. Not commercially available.

Brodsky Quartet (w/Elvis Costello)


She Moved Through The Fair {5:00}

Silva Classics #6001. Out of print.

Various Artists

Ben & Jerry's Newport Folk Festival

Richard Thompson: She Moves Through The Fair {3:30}

Red House #RHR-36. www.redhouserecords.com, or available at Amazon.com*

Davey Graham

Dance For Two People

She Moved Through The Bizarre {3:30]

Sonet #158; distr. by Kicking Mule Records. Only on LP. Try www.rockinworld.com

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