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Jul 6, 2019 - 7:18:56 PM
6274 posts since 6/27/2009

The music of Irish harpist Turlough O'Carolan (1670 - 1738) never fails to be of interest to me. Mabel Kelly is a song he wrote for the heiress of a castle he had stayed in as he traveled throughout Ireland earning his living. Sadly, according to O'Carolan's biographer Donal O'Sullivan, she died five years before her father. I arranged a clawhammer solo and in one MP3 enhanced it with cello banjo chordal accompaniment. In the other MP3 the cello banjo is tuned four steps below double C and playing just the solo. I find the beauty of the various chords appealing.

I hadn't used Garage Band since I replaced my laptop and recorded the two-track MP3 on it. I hear some extra noise and perhaps didn't set the Yeti microphone as good as I could have. The solo cello banjo recording was done on a Zoom 4N recorder.

The banjos here are a short-scale Carolina Banjo by Ryan Navey and a Gold Tone cello banjo.

Jul 14, 2019 - 4:05:08 AM



618 posts since 1/5/2007

JanetB sounds beautiful! I saw name O'Carolan, but never new who it was. I think I must learn more about Irish music and more practice my English)
You have a nice taste of music!

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