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Henry MacDermott Roe, 3 settings

Posted by JanetB, written by Turlough O'Carolan


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Size: 2,118kb, uploaded 12/29/2019 3:44:47 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

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An O'Carolan tune in 3 settings

The immense home of the MacDermott Roe family was Turlough O'Carolan's favorite place. It's where he returned after traveling as a blind Irish harpist and bard to pass his final days in 1738. Henry was the son of these patrons and a friend to O'Carolan, but he failed to live his life completely honorable and almost lost the blessings of his mother. However, all became well again and O'Carolan composed many of his songs in honor of the MacDermott Roe's. You can hear this story in the three settings -- first a happy life with the MacDermott Roes, then the shame of Henry's foibles in whom he married and how he squandered the family wealth, and at last the happy ending of forgiving and enjoying life. Of course, life isn't summarized so simply, but it helps to use one's imagination.

2 comments on “Henry MacDermott Roe, 3 settings”

rickhayes Says:
Sunday, December 29, 2019 @4:11:39 PM

Nice Janet. Do you have recordings of these that you learn by ear or are you reading the notation?

JanetB Says:
Sunday, December 29, 2019 @4:25:27 PM

Both. But my midi files aren’t the easiest things to listen to. I paid for those files, but they may be available free now. The first setting I heard from a beautiful medley on youtube. I’ll post it on Sound Off.

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