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Carolan's Draught - from 20 O'Carolan Irish Classics (Celtic fingerstyle)

Posted by Tom Hanway, written by Turlough O'Carolan

 

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Size: 4,349kb, uploaded 11/19/2015 7:48:07 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

This stately air is sometimes played in D Major, and it fits perfectly on the G-tuned 5-string banjo in G Major. Notice the more Baroque treatment here. I use both legato and staccato devices here, and unusual fretting-hand fingerings in the first and second parts, particularly the contrary motion (like counterpoint) in the second full measure. Staccato (single-string) techniques figure heavily towards the end of the second part. This air works beautifully as a seasonal melody along with ‘Carolan’s Concerto’ and so many others composed by the eminent Irish harper.



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

JanetB Says:
Thursday, November 19, 2015 @9:25:48 AM

Lovely! Quite a classical sound he got, with Italian influence they say. I guess draught refers to his Irish love of drinking....

Tom Hanway Says:
Saturday, November 21, 2015 @10:49:41 PM

Haha, something like that! Thanks Janet, for listening.

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