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Sheebeg, Sheemore (CH)

Posted by JanetB, written by Turlough O'Carolan

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Size: 2,214kb, uploaded 6/18/2013 12:21:55 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Classical

When I originally learned this I used clawhammer tuned to double D. Then I learned it in open G 3-finger picking style. Now I'm trying it again with clawhammer after more than 30 years. It's coming back to me and I still think it's amongst the prettiest tunes ever written. The story goes that Sheebeg, Sheemore was the blind harpist's first composition in 1691. It's meaning is "Little Mountain, Big Mountain" and was named for a location where a battle between fairy peoples allegedly took place.



9 comments on “Sheebeg, Sheemore (CH)”

Don Borchelt Says:
Sunday, June 23, 2013 @6:22:22 AM

Very fine picking, Janet, a lovely, evocative rendition of a lovely tune.

dkfitz Says:
Monday, July 1, 2013 @2:50:11 PM

Just very wonderful. You do the beauty of the song justice.

JanetB Says:
Monday, July 1, 2013 @9:21:56 PM

Thanks so much, Don and Dan. I think of the words on a card from my mother with a quote from Victor Hugo: "Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent." O'Carolan was a genius with musical compositions.

mikemal Says:
Monday, July 1, 2013 @11:35:33 PM

Lovely picking! Love the clawhammer sound - ideal for these gentle songs. Good job!

bhniko Says:
Tuesday, July 2, 2013 @11:58:43 AM

Soothing balm for the weary ears.

Jim Stevens Says:
Friday, August 9, 2013 @2:36:14 PM

Absolutely delicate and peaceful. Carefree and cheerful. Just listening to this piece makes my worries seem trivial.

JanetB Says:
Friday, August 9, 2013 @6:25:47 PM

Thanks, gentlemen. O'Carolan's music brings the gift of great joy to the listener!

djanetos Says:
Friday, June 15, 2018 @1:13:59 PM

Beautiful!

JanetB Says:
Friday, June 15, 2018 @1:38:13 PM

Thanks! It’s been almost 5 years since anybody commented here, so this is very special.

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