Vale Paddy Fahey: Haunting composer for traditional fiddle

Born: August 1916

Died: May 31st, 2019

Paddy Fahey: Modesty prevented him from going into a studio as he didn’t want to appear “swell-headed” to his neighbours.

Irish traditional music lost one of its finest composers and players in the passing of Paddy Fahey at the age of 102. His tune compositions, some 60 in number, were lyrical and elegant, melancholic and haunting, and have entered the repertoire of almost every fiddle player in the country. His jigs, reels and hornpipes have left an indelible imprint on our musical tradition.

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