Celtic Sheet Music
She Moved Through the Fair

Celtic sheet music "She Moved Through the Fair" is a haunting melody telling a strange love story, one of those sad love songs that young girls find irresistible!  

Now with a flowing piano accompaniment.  Your students will want to sing - and play - this beautiful free Celtic music.

Celtic sheet music She Moved Through the Fair

Here is my favorite musical rendition (today) of this Celtic love song. The name that goes with the performers is "Tir Eolas":

It's hard to pin down the chords

My chord symbols are just suggestions - these are the harmonies I hear when I sing or listen to this Celtic music.  

Below is an arrangement similar to the way I play this when I accompany my vocal students. 

Piano sheet music for Celtic music She Moved Through the Fair, with flowing left hand chords

Here is a closeup look at this piano arrangement:

She Moved Through the Fair, a closeup look at a piano arrangement
Piano sheet music for She Moved Through the Fair

Big open chords can make a floating feeling

I have several teenagers working on this lead sheet in the key of D right now, and they are mesmerized.  

Really!  The melody itself is haunting, then when you add the big open chords, it gives it a feeling of echoes, of spaciousness, of floating.

The arrangement is perhaps over-simple, but I really wrote out what I am having my students do WITHOUT THE PIANO SHEET MUSIC - this is what they are doing with the plain lead sheet at the top of the page.  

Help them interpret chord symbols

I always write in the chord inversions as slash chords, since this is how they will encounter these chords in church music.

Bb over F... is just a Bb chord, but with the F note on the bottom instead of the root of the chord, Bb.

The walking bass is powerful

My students really love the feeling of movement that comes halfway through, when the chords leave root position and begin climbing in the bass.

I point it out to them and I think it gives them a sense of control to understand how this works.  The bass notes walk up, then back down...

Vary each verse to keep it fresh

As lovely as the big open broken chords are, you want some variation from verse to verse in the piano part.

Try bringing the accompaniment up higher  for the penultimate verse (the one just before the final verse), then back down again for the final part.


"Still" chords can feel significant - or ominous

Leave off the broken chords and play solid, non-moving, quiet chords for a bit.  

I guarantee that your audience will lean in closer to find out what the "hush" is about!

Does this piece have a true meter?

Even though this is, apparently, a traditional tune, the melody of this song doesn't vary much from one rendition to another.  

However, you will hear the underlying pulse of the song change, sung by different singers in EITHER 3 beats OR in 4 beats, (as I have notated it here).  Or in BOTH at the same time.

And frequently, singers don't seem to have ANY underlying meter at all for this song.  That doesn't always work, but with this spooky piece it can be pulled off.

 I suggest you listen to many versions of She Moved Through the Fair and decide how YOU want to sing it.

Two more - and very different - renditions

On the other hand, the following strong and beautiful performance by Caitlan Grey feels almost (but not really) metrical.  This version is apparently for sale on her website, www.caitlangrey.com.

Now here is a truly SPOOKY and artistic video (sung by Hayley Westenra) that I love of She Moved Through the Fair...



The links for the leadsheets:




Celtic downloadable sheet music in key of C



She Moved Through the Fair in key of D



Free Celtic sheet music in key of E



She Moved Through the Fair in key of F




The links for the piano arrangements:



Download She Moved Through the Fair for piano in the Key of C



Piano sheet music for She Moved Through the Fair in D









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