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Shebeg Shemore

Posted by dbrooks


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Size: 1,331kb, uploaded 11/22/2006 8:24:02 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A beautiful waltz from O'Carolan. Based on tab by Ken Perlman.

11 comments on “Shebeg Shemore”

Don Borchelt Says:
Friday, December 15, 2006 @11:39:37 PM

Wonderful!  I have always loved this tune, and you have picked a fine job of it.

mikeyes Says:
Sunday, December 31, 2006 @8:09:17 PM


Very nice job on this tune.  (Si Bheagh Si Mohr in Irish, I think, but who cares anyway?) I am starting to play it on my tenor banjo, but in the key of G since the tenor sounds much better this way.

Mike Keyes

u k sandra Says:
Saturday, January 6, 2007 @3:13:25 PM

It`s lovely. I play it on the dulcimer and if I thought it sounded half as nice as your banjo version, i`d be very happy. Si bheagh Si Mohr is Irish and means Big Hill, Little Hill or Big Fairy Hill, Little Fairy Hill.

frailin Says:
Friday, March 16, 2007 @5:11:39 PM

Here's the kind of thoughful, meaningful tune you play so well.  EXCELLENT tempo and feel!!


Gosam Says:
Sunday, May 11, 2008 @10:16:06 PM


Don Huber Says:
Saturday, January 16, 2010 @7:47:15 AM

If O'carolan lived in ourt time he'd be a banjo player and sound a lot like you!

dannnjo Says:
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @4:05:25 AM

I love it; simple elegant beauty

dannnjo Says:
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @8:35:39 AM

what is the history and meaning of this tune?

dbrooks Says:
Thursday, February 25, 2010 @3:32:20 AM

This Irish air has several variant titlles, and I have misspelled it here. "Si Bheag, Si Mhor," "Sheebeg Agis Sheemore," etc. The title means "big hill, little hill" or "big fairy hill, little fairy hill." Here's the background from the Fiddler's Companion.

As a young man Carolan first found favor at the house of his first patron, Squire George Reynolds of Lough Scur at Letterfain, Co. Leitrim (himself a harper and poet). It is said that Carolan was at this time only moderately skilled at the harp and the Squire advised him to direct his talents to composing, as he “might make a better fist of his tongue than his fingers.” It is likely this was Carolan’s first attempt at composition. His inspiration was a story told to him by Reyonolds of Si Bheag and Si Mhor, two ranges of hills near Lough Scur, that according to local lore were the seats of two groups of fairies of opposing disposition. The these hosts engaged in a great battle, in which Finn McCool and his Fianna were defeated. Some versions of the legend relate that the mounds were topped by ancient ruins, with fairy castles underneath where heros were entombed after the battle between the two rivals. Squire Reynolds is supposed to have been much pleased by the composition. The ‘fairy mounds’ appear to have been ancient conical heaps of stones and earth called motes or raths, prehistoric remnants.

dannnjo Says:
Thursday, February 25, 2010 @7:49:10 PM

VERY INTERESTING, reminds me a little of the background of Danny Boy.,
I harpist had too much too drink, fell into a ravine and woke up with the melody for aire (londonderry Air:dannyboy)supposedly inspired by fairies or a dream while he was asleep., guess its really difficult to track history of music in general

JanetB Says:
Thursday, October 6, 2011 @5:57:08 AM

Hullo! Just found this today. I'm trying to record this with my husband, as it's his favorite O'Carolan tune and one of mine, too. Your version is accurate and pretty. Thanks!

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