Sheet Music: The Fairhaired Boy

TitleThe Fairhaired Boy
Alternate titlesAn Buachaillín Bán
The Fair-Haired Child
The Fair-Haired Lad
The Boys from Carrickroe
The Freheen Jig
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyA minor
Time signature6/8
Tempo116 BPM
Performance time0:35
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2012-06-13
Last updated2012-06-13
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Celtic Music, Jigs, Traditional/Folk


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Wednesday 13 June 2012

Tune of the Day: The Fairhaired Boy

Traditional Irish jig

This Dorian-mode tune, which dates back to at least the first half of the 19th century, also goes by the titles “The Freheen Jig” and “The Boys from Carrickroe”. The title “The Fairhaired Boy” is sometimes seen as a reference to Bonnie Prince Charlie Stuart, who was known by the allegorical name “The Fair Lad“ (“An Buachall Bán”).