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Eleanor Plunkett - from 20 O'Carolan Irish Classics (Celtic fingerstyle)

Posted by Tom Hanway, written by Turlough O'Carolan


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Size: 3,338kb, uploaded 11/9/2015 1:16:54 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

Here's the mp3 version (played twice) from 20 O'Carolan Irish Classics for 5-String Banjo and All Instruments. I'm muting the banjo with silver tie clips, and the chords used here exactly match those found in the transcription, using standard notation and tablature. Link:

2 comments on “Eleanor Plunkett - from 20 O'Carolan Irish Classics (Celtic fingerstyle)”

JanetB Says:
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 @8:43:51 AM

I haven't learned this planxty tune yet, but it has a lovely, stately, rather somber melody. Your banjo certainly does have a unique sound here, almost like a harpsichord. I've always thought the banjo to be related to instruments with a keyboard -- like the hammered strings I heard in our old piano. Thanks for sharing these tunes from your book with us, Tom.

Tom Hanway Says:
Thursday, February 2, 2017 @6:10:28 AM

This is a very touching melody, even before when one has read Eleanor's fabled story. Carolan wrote four verses in praise of Eleanor Plunkett of Robertstown, Co. Meath, who was the only survivor of her family. One story, impossible to verify in its details, relates that 30 members of her family shut themselves inside Castlecome, a castle two miles from Roberstown, "which was destroyed by boiling water." - from Donal O'Sullivan, Carolan: The Life, Times and Music of an Irish Harper, (Cork, Ossian Publications, 2001 edition), 181, 279.

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