From the recording The Twilight Realm
Musicians of such fame as Junior Crehan (County Clare), Michael Coleman (County Sligo) and Mickey Doherty (County Donegal) all claim to have learned music from the fairies.
Songs such as “The Gold Ring” that are difficult and contain numerous variations (this is a seven part jig) were thought to have been given to mortals by the fairies. [Accounts of tunes with up to twenty-seven variations exist.]
Speaking of brilliant musicians and composers, I learned this tune from famed harper Michael Rooney of County Monaghan, who was kind enough to share this and many other tunes with me, opening up a whole new world in music for me.