She moves through the fair

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She moves through the fair

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10 peculiar folk themes from the 60s

When he delivers a song that later becomes popular, the singer-songwriter is just its creator and first performer. He has no control over how others will fix it and the song's later life is quite another story. The secondary fate experienced by each of the ten folk themes below is instructive in this regard:

SHE MOVES THROUGH THE FAIR

A spellbinding secular Irish theme

She moves through the fair

'She moves through the fair' - also known as 'She moved through the fair' - is a traditional Irish folk song, the lyrics of which were first published in 1909. The song recounts the disappearance of a bride at a fair after promising her lover that they would soon be married. Later, her ghost recursively appears to the lover and repeats the promise. This song has been covered by many famous artists including:

1936  ∙  Sydney MacEwan  ∙  1941  ∙  John McCormack  ∙  1956  ∙  Pete Seeger  ∙  1961  ∙  Carolyn Hester  ∙  1963  ∙  Anne Briggs  ∙  1966 ∙  Marianne Faithfull  ∙  1967  ∙  Jimmy Page  ∙  1969  ∙  Fairport Convention  ∙  1973  ∙  Alan Stivell  ∙  1977  ∙  Art Garfunkel  ∙  1982  ∙  Sinéad O'Connor  ∙  1985  ∙  Paul Young  ∙  Loreena McKennit  ∙  1986  ∙  Pentangle  ∙  Barbara Dickson  ∙  1989  ∙  Simple Minds  ∙  1990  ∙  Marianne Faithfull  ∙  1991  ∙  Fergal Sharkey  ∙  1992  ∙  Moya Brennan  ∙  1995  ∙  Bert Jansch  ∙  1996  ∙  Mike Oldfield  ∙  2005  ∙  Donovan  ∙  2007  ∙  Celtic Woman  ∙  2011  ∙  Caitlin  ∙  2012  ∙  Cara Dillon & Solas  ∙  2015  ∙  10'000 Maniacs  ∙  2016  ∙  Elizabeth Fraser  ∙  Lucy Crowe  ∙  2018  ∙  Eleanor Tomlinson  ∙  2019  ∙  The Churchfitters  ∙

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