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Dec 5, 2019 - 10:12:42 PM
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Here’s a tune (a 6/8 air) by O’Carolan that I’ve become quite fond of called “Carolan’s Cup”. Turlough O’Carolan (1670-1738) composed many pieces for harp, and a few of them transpose quite well to banjo, including this one. It’s usually played in the key of D, with my arrangement below in aDADE. My tab isn’t completely note for note, but hits the high points. 

Tab: Carolan's Cup

 

A quick YouTube search brings up several arrangements which I’ll include a couple below:

Patrick Ball: https://youtu.be/A2BrWqx5LHs

David Hansen: https://youtu.be/51NejF4wh8k

Jon Antonsson: https://youtu.be/cyPuk3WqoG8

 

Most are probably familiar with the commonly played “Sí Bheag, Sí Mhór” (“Sheebeg, Sheemore”), another tune attributed to O’Carolan. Both tunes are featured on the last track of my newest CD, Shamrock Clawhammer, and make a nice set. Since I haven’t recorded a video featuring “Carolan’s Cup” on banjo previously or for this TOTW, I’ll provide the link to the track so that you all can hear my take on it: https://youtu.be/E-lFwx97evY

 

(If you are interested in listening to and learning more Irish arrangements for clawhammer banjo, be sure to check out the rest of my previously mentioned CD which is available physically through me and digitally on CD Baby, iTunes, or wherever digital music is sold and streamed.)

Edited by - Noah Cline on 12/05/2019 22:14:15

Dec 6, 2019 - 6:12:34 AM
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dbrooks

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3711 posts since 3/11/2004

Nice contribution, Noah. I have played "Si Bheag, Si Mhor" for a long time and have always wanted to add more O'Carolan tunes without following through. Maybe this will help me get back on track.

David

Dec 6, 2019 - 9:18:13 PM
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That's a beauty of a tune, Noah, as is your medley of two O'Carolan tunes on your Shamrock Banjo CD.  Your title says it all and I look forward to more of your future projects.  

I'm always happy to learn another O'Carolan tune and have two good resources that help me.  One is Donal O'Sullivan's biography of Turlough O'Carolan and the other is a link with all of O'Carolan's tunes in several formats:  http://www.oldmusicproject.com/occ/tunes.html.  Carolan's Cup is #185.  I also listened to your links above which were helpful.  In the O'Sullivan book he states that O'Carolan may have arranged this tune from an old Gaelic folk song called The Brink of the White Rock.  If you listen to some of the on-line videos you can hear the similarity.

I began a tab with 6/8 timing, but found that using the 3/4 format worked better for me.  Putting in some chordal sounds seems to work. Here is Carolan's Cup played one time through.


Dec 7, 2019 - 11:37:15 AM
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795 posts since 3/22/2012

Here's a very useful website with tabs of quite a few of Carolan's tunes. An excellent website that I use a lot.

(Thanks Janet!)

mybanjoworld.com/more-tabs

Dec 12, 2019 - 10:48:51 PM
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6377 posts since 6/27/2009

The tune is so lovely, I felt called to work hard this week to learn it without using tab. Turlough O’Carolan is one of my favorite all-time musicians and I again thank Noah, who chose Carolan’s Cup this week and plays these pieces so beautifully on his new Shamrock Clawhammer CD.

Also thanks for the shout-out, Geoff!


Dec 13, 2019 - 6:15:29 AM

1398 posts since 4/29/2013

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Originally posted by dbrooks

Nice contribution, Noah. I have played "Si Bheag, Si Mhor" for a long time and have always wanted to add more O'Carolan tunes without following through. Maybe this will help me get back on track.

David


Thanks, David. A few other tunes you might like to take a look at are Lord Inchiquin and #179. Both are usually played in D and pretty straight forward arrangements. Maybe I'll cover these in the future.

Dec 13, 2019 - 6:21:30 AM
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Originally posted by JanetB

The tune is so lovely, I felt called to work hard this week to learn it without using tab. Turlough O’Carolan is one of my favorite all-time musicians and I again thank Noah, who chose Carolan’s Cup this week and plays these pieces so beautifully on his new Shamrock Clawhammer CD.

Also thanks for the shout-out, Geoff!


Thanks, Janet! Your take sounds great. 

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