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 MORMusical                    Mysteries
                                                        The Fair
    E

                                                             (Eighteenth Century)
An eighteenth century street fair
provides an opportunity for the children
to learn a great deal about rural life during
that period. Information about hiring fairs,
hedge schools and ballad singers is included and the work of eighteenth century
composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is introduced.

Listening
The children listen to all the sounds of the fair and interpret what they are hearing. Musical extracts from a
variety of sources are played including Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear, (Alan Price); The Cootehill
Races, (John McKeown); Inch Worm, (Danny Kaye); Canon & Gigue, (Pachelbel); Eine Kleine Nachtmusick,
(Mozart).


Composing
Children in the classroom experiment by making up tunes and then combining them in different ways.


Performing
A group of children play the clapping game ‘Have you ever ever ever in your long-legged life?’ and the
skipping song, ‘Our Wee School’.



    Our Wee School                                     Have You Ever, Ever, Ever?

    Our wee school is a nice wee school                Have you ever ever ever in your long-legged life
    It’s made with bricks and mortar                   Seen a long-legged man with a long-legged wife?
    The only thing that’s wrong with it                No I never never never in my long-legged life
    Is the baldy headed master.                        Seen a long-legged man with a long-legged wife.

    Mr Brown’s a very good man                         Have you ever ever ever in your knock-kneed life
    He tried to teach us all he can                    Seen a knock-kneed man with a knock-kneed wife?
    Reading, writing, arithmetic                       No I never never never in my knock-kneed life
    He never forgets to use his stick.                 Seen a knock-kneed man with a knock-kneed wife.

    Mr Brown’s a very good man                         Have you ever ever ever in your bow-legged life
    He goes to church on Sunday                        Seen a bow-legged man with a bow-legged wife?
    And prays to God to give him strength              No I never never never in my bow-legged life
    To bash the kids on Monday.                        Seen a bow-legged man with a bow-legged wife.

    (Trad)                                             (Trad)




Songs              The Inch Worm                                                * Scroll down for the music
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   Follow Up Suggestions
   •   Make up tunes. Children in the classroom were asked to make up their own tunes using the notes B,
       A, G and E. (These were the notes they had learned on recorder). Half of the class used the rhythm of
       the days of the week as their basis, the other half made up simpler tunes using one note per day,
       based on the things they do on those days – ‘school, school, school, school, school, play, church.’ It
       was made clear that they did not have to use all four notes in their composition and that even one
       note repeated seven times would be acceptable, as it would be different. This allows all the children in
       the class to participate at their own level of ability.

       Experiment with harmony

       Having made up their tunes, the children then worked in pairs and tried playing their tunes together.
       Some were happy with the results, others changed a note here and there to make them ‘fit’ e.g.

                                B   A       G    A           E   E   G       B     A
       Laura’s tune:            Mon-day     Tues-day         Wed-nes-day     Thurs-day

                                G E         A   AG           B   G
                                Fri-day     Sat-ur-day       Sun-day



                                E           E                E               A
       Kathryn’s tune:          School      School           School          School

                                B           A                E
                                School      Play             Church

   •   Find an old ballad which mentions your own town or townland. A good source is Sam. Henry’s ‘Songs
       of The People’ edited by John Moulden (Blackstaff Press).

   •   Read a good ballad like ‘The Highway Man’ by Alfred Noyes. The children could then create their own
       sound effects and mood music to accompany a reading of a poem.

   •   Create a fair scene with the children miming all the different activities; farmers selling livestock,
       tradesmen with their stalls, street entertainers, young people being hired out to farmers etc.

   •   Find an old photo of a fair day scene long ago in your area.

   •   Make up your own ballad about your school or an important local event and sing it to a tune you
       already know well (e.g. Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush; Fair Rosa; Skip to My Lou; Cockles and
       Mussels).

   •   Read some extracts from Patrick MacGill’s ‘Children of the Dead End’ (Caliban) where he describes
       being hired out at Strabane Fair at the age of twelve.

   •   Collect some skipping and clapping songs and rhymes and try them out. Ask the children to learn
       some old ones from their parents and grandparents.

   •   Find out more about the childhood prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and listen to more of his music.




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                  Cross-Curricular Links

         English                                                  History
         ballads                                                  eighteenth century rural life
         stories of rural life                                    hedge schools
                                                                  hiring fairs




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                                         The Fair
                                          (Eighteenth Century)




         Cultural Heritage                                         Drama
         clapping/skipping                                         fair scene
         traditional games                                         animal movements
         local fair days/entertainment




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The Inch Worm




                                                           * Continued
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The Inch Worm            (continued)




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