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Fáinne Geal an Lae (Dawning of the Day)

Fáinne Geal an Lae (Dawning of the Day)

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musician/member name: V. Hughes

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03/06/24 02:41:31PM @davisjames:

That melody has "soul" and I love the way you play it.I play it as a march,hearkening to the simplified setting people use for Patrick Kavanaugh's  poem "Raglan Road"...good to hear this.

Dusty Turtle
05/10/19 12:14:45PM @dusty:

The O'Lionaird/Cooney version is a beautiful rendition of the tune, Val.  Thanks for pointing me to it.

05/10/19 04:26:57AM @macaodha:

Dusty, have a listen to Iarla O'Lionaird and Steve Cooney on Youtube he sings the Edward Walsh lyrics to the air found in the Goodman collection.

Dusty Turtle
05/09/19 11:30:26AM @dusty:

Thanks, Val. Very helpful (and thorough) information.

05/09/19 07:14:11AM @macaodha:

Dusty, from what I know a tune titled Fáinne Geal an Lae was composed by Thomas Connellan (1640-1720).He was a Harper as was his brother William. An Irish language  song of the same title written by Edward Walsh(1805-1850) is similar to the air of Connelans composition.Patrick Weston Joyce in his publication Ancient Irish airs gives an English version of the Walsh song which was widely sung as a Street Ballad it made it's way to Scotland and was sung as a Bothy Ballad.The version I've played was found in the Canon James Goodman(1828-1896) collection Tunes of the Munster Pipers.The most common version is the one sung to the song On Raglan Road. It is one of the first tunes a child will learn when starting to play Irish music.

Dusty Turtle
05/07/19 02:26:50PM @dusty:

Val do you happen to know the origin of this tune?  There appear to be two tunes with identical names, one much older than the other.  

As you might guess, I am trying to learn this tune on my own. I've heard a few different versions and found some sheet music, but yours is the best. You really capture the lyrical quality of the melody.

Anne Bowman
03/31/19 03:45:46AM @anne-bowman:

Very Pretty ..

03/09/19 05:01:14AM @ariane:

This is so pretty, Val - I enjoyed it very much!

Robin Thompson
03/08/19 08:03:59PM @robin-thompson:

Val, Mark & I enjoyed this very much!  You two sound as though you have been playing together longer than a few months.  We look forward to hearing more offerings! 

03/08/19 02:45:20PM @macaodha:

That's it Dusty guitar and dulcimer. The guitar player has only recently started to learn tunes on guitar, flat picking. I've been teaching her tunes for the past few months. We are putting some nice sets together which I hope to record and post here all going well.

Dusty Turtle
03/08/19 11:34:11AM @dusty:

That's very pretty, Val. Can you tell us something about the instrumentation?  guitar and dulcimer?

Steven Berger
03/08/19 10:48:34AM @steven-berger:

Nicely played!

03/08/19 05:04:52AM @macaodha:

A lot of people are familiar with the tune Fáinne Geal an Lae, this is an older version taken from the Canon James Goodman collection. A simple tune played simply.