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":


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 - at least, this is one verse.  

I tend to change things up a little so that each verse is different.  

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

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

Really!  The song 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.  

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

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 power to understand how this works.

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.

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





More Folk & Traditional Songs

Ae Fond Kiss - not strictly a folk melody, but it is old - and very lovely!

Ash Grove - an elegant melody that sounds more classical than folk, the lyrics are old-fashioned and poignant

Cat Came Back (for early singers) - a fun and silly song that can be pared down to JUST 5 NOTES for kids who have trouble matching pitch, there is much repetition in the melody (good for finding pitches)

Colorado Trail - a genuine cowboy song, just one verse, surprisingly lovely

Down by the Salley Gardens - this pretty song from England is a setting for a poem by William Butler Yeats about trying to hurry love

Erie Canal - a vigorous minor melody that kids like, with lots of repeating phrases

Green Bushes - a fast, light, pretty melody that speaks of false-hearted love, and feels very "English" in both lyrics and chord progressions

Grenadier and the Lady - Number One with me!  So beautiful, somewhat sad. Lots of opportunities for expressive singing.

Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier - Lovely.  Important for breath control and learning to mold a phrase.

Lavender's Blue, a pretty song that is VERY simple to sing!  Perfect for young girls.

Loch Lomond, the most famous song of all from Scotland.  Still beautiful.

Mari's Wedding - lots of energy in this Scottish tune, which sounds great with guitar and fiddle backup

The Minstrel Boy - though rather difficult with its long phrases, this Irish song about the love for one's country is very moving and beautiful

Molly Bawn - So sad, but so IRRESISTIBLE.  Lovely and evocative, and requiring good air support, it is educational as well as being satisfying to the musical soul.

Muss i denn or Abschied (Wooden Heart) - from Germany by way of Elvis, an adorable folk tune!

Once I Had a Sweetheart - another sad, pretty, and image-arousing song, once sung by Joan Baez

Parting Glass - There are many versions of this GREAT Irish melody.  Download mine free, then check out others!

Scarborough Fair - an old favorite from England, still lovely

She Moved Through the Fair - a strange, shifting melody, with almost creepy lyrics that will haunt you

Shenandoah - So pretty, and genuinely American.  Long phrases, good breath control practice.

Skye Boat Song - a singable old Scottish song with a great tune about the escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie after the Battle of Culloden

Spanish Ladies - a minor key sea chanty that swings energetically along - boys like singing it too!

The Spanish Lady - Upbeat and energetic, this song is fun to perform with a group.

Star of the County Down - LOTS of fun to sing and play!  An excellent ensemble piece.

Waltzing Matilda - an unusually pretty melody from Australia; you know this one!  Very popular with kids.

The Water is Wide - a very pretty song about disappointed love.  You might have sung this one in high school!

White, Orange and Green - though not widely known, this charming melody about fighting for the right to carry the flag of Ireland has stirring lyrics and soaring phrases. A favorite of my vocal & guitar students.








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A perfect read aloud storybook
for little boys or girls. 

The Adventures of Tonsta highlight the travels of a very young boy with a good heart, who goes about helping folk in trouble.  

With a red cap on his head and a sack of tools slung over his shoulder, Tonsta seems to meet people in distress wherever he goes.

Lots of trolls in this book.

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