From the recording Heavy Wood
She Moved Through The Fair Trad. Arr. Hellard
Jez - Guitar/Vocals
Alastair Caplin - Fiddle
Nye Parsons - Double Bass
This is a song that I’ve loved for years in many of its incarnations but had never thought to perform. I met Gordon Duncan Jr. at Alastair’s celtic session at Jamboree in London’s Cable Street Studios before I’d ever heard of his father (though I’d unwittingly heard and accompanied many of his tunesat sessions) and we enjoyed a couple of nights of song before he headed back to Glasgow. I’d noticed the looks on all the Scottish musicians’ faces when he originally walked in and was later told the legend of Gordon Duncan and his tragic and untimely death.
I took to youtube and dug out all the footage of him I could find. Gordy Jr. really is the spitting image of his father, and I could see why there had been a ghostly silence when he came into the room. Amongst the jigs and reels I found a recording of him playing She Moved Through The Fair which moved me to tears and had me digging out the lyrics. As well as the three commonly sung verses, I found a couple I’d never heard before. Alastair and Nye provide suitable ghostly accompaniment.