Before performing "She Moved Through The Fair" at the harp for her live Alhambra recording, Loreena McKennitt
explained: "This next piece is probably one of the earliest pieces I learned in the more overtly Irish Celtic repertoire; it is a piece that comes from the West Coast of Ireland. The lyrics were written by a man called Padraic Colum... although the melody is traditional. And, you can still hear some of the Eastern influences in this melody."
Padraic Colum (1881-1972) was born Patrick Collumb; as well as a poet he was a dramatist, folklorist and children's writer. He was also the biographer of James Joyce, whom he knew personally.