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Carolan's Dream (Irish Baroque aka 'Molly MacAlpin', Celtic fingerstyle)

Posted by Tom Hanway, written by Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738)


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Size: 3,730kb, uploaded 1/6/2018 12:53:17 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

For beginners especially, I recorded the 5-string over MIDI backing tracks to help students with (optional) chords and bass lines. This is the tune that Carolan adapted from Thomas and William (Laurence) Connellan's famous air. Carolan was heard to say that "he would rather have been the author of 'Molly MacAlpin' than of any melody he himself had ever composed." [From Edward Bunting, The Ancient Music of Ireland (1840), p. 71.] This classic air is perfect for Celtic fingerstyle banjo in G tuning. The "clairseach" or Irish harp was tuned diatonically and had metal wire for strings, usually made of brass, silver, gold or a silver-gold alloy. With gratitude to Mel Bay, here's a play-along-track from my fourth book/audio download, 20 O'Carolan Irish Classics for 5-String Banjo and All Instruments - find it here:

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