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O Carolan's tribute

GUEST,Danjoe 26 Jul 09 - 05:32 PM
Commander Crabbe 26 Jul 09 - 07:39 PM
Commander Crabbe 26 Jul 09 - 07:40 PM
GUEST 26 Jul 09 - 08:01 PM
Leadfingers 26 Jul 09 - 08:02 PM
Commander Crabbe 26 Jul 09 - 09:39 PM
Dave Hanson 27 Jul 09 - 02:14 AM
GUEST,Fearghal 07 Sep 09 - 04:15 AM
GUEST,fearghal 07 Sep 09 - 04:37 AM
Valmai Goodyear 07 Sep 09 - 04:43 AM
bubblyrat 07 Sep 09 - 04:55 AM
Mr Happy 07 Sep 09 - 04:59 AM
GUEST,Fearghal 07 Sep 09 - 05:09 AM
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Subject: O Carolans tribute
From: GUEST,Danjoe
Date: 26 Jul 09 - 05:32 PM

I am looking for the words of this song recorded by Eddie Furey
         Thanks


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Subject: RE: O Carolans tribute
From: Commander Crabbe
Date: 26 Jul 09 - 07:39 PM

Danjoe

Can't find it either so a quick bit of typing and hey presto. I think it is correct however I'm sure that someone will say if there are any minor corrections!

O'Carolan Tribute

I sat and I thought of a man O'Carolan
Who plaued for kings and lords and ladies
To hear him play, oh must have been wondrous
To feel such music played at his command
And the people spoke of your mighty godly gift
Bestowed on you when you were a boy
To play the harp with your magical fingers
To compose such music that left no desire

And blind man O'Carolan where is your monument
Build it so high that the world it can see
All the people now have their music
Through a blind harpist that helped them to see

O'Carolan's concerto, was your tribute
You wrote it so people would remember your name
And the big hills the small hills, was your beauty
That conversation between two hills
And Carolan oh blind man, you wrote such masters
You showed the people, you found our hearts
And you gave our music a new beginning
And from the people it will never part

And blind man O'Carolan where is your monument
Build it so high that the world it can see
All the people now have their music
Through a blind harpist that helped them to see

Then a mighty man who's name was O'Riada
He wakened the people from out of their sleep
And O'Carolan's music, it was a part of him
A man I remembered a man I admired
And he spoke of you with great admiration
He played your music with grace and with style
And we'll remember you Sean O'Riada
We will remember you for a long while

And blind man O'Carolan he was your monument
He built it so high that the world it can see
And through O'Riada we can be thankful
He showed us a blind man, that's helped us to see

CC


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Subject: RE: O Carolans tribute
From: Commander Crabbe
Date: 26 Jul 09 - 07:40 PM

Oops

First verse second line;

That's "played" not plaued!!!!

CC


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Subject: RE: O Carolans tribute
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Jul 09 - 08:01 PM

Thats great commander thanks so much.

    Danjoe


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Subject: RE: O Carolans tribute
From: Leadfingers
Date: 26 Jul 09 - 08:02 PM

Do we start a movement to set up a monument ? or do it the Sensible way and let his music be all the monument he needs ?


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Subject: RE: O Carolans tribute
From: Commander Crabbe
Date: 26 Jul 09 - 09:39 PM

No problem

CC


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Subject: RE: O Carolans tribute
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 27 Jul 09 - 02:14 AM

By the way it's sung to the tune of Planxty Irwin.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: O Carolans tribute
From: GUEST,Fearghal
Date: 07 Sep 09 - 04:15 AM

Hi Guys, this was my favourite song when I was growing up, it was on an album of my Da's called "the sound of the fureys" which I am having great difficulty finding......any idea where to find this album?

cheers

Fearghal


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Subject: RE: O Carolans tribute
From: GUEST,fearghal
Date: 07 Sep 09 - 04:37 AM

or even did any other artist do a sung version? The original by O'Carolan is beautiful though with words it becomes even BETTER!


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Subject: RE: O Carolans tribute
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 07 Sep 09 - 04:43 AM

Karen Tweed is doing an all-day workshop on the music of O'Carolan for any instrument on Saturday 10th. July 2010 at the Lewes Saturday Folk Club in Sussex, UK.

Karen performs at the club in the evening.

Valmai


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Subject: RE: O Carolans tribute
From: bubblyrat
Date: 07 Sep 09 - 04:55 AM

According to MUCH debate on another thread, it is,in fact, just "Carolan" without the "O'" if it's just the surname you use.So one refers to either ;
    A piece by Turlough O'Carolan
                or
A Carolan piece.

No,I don't get it either,but apparently some learned men who use the pen,so to speak,have deliberated,discussed,and decided thus.


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Subject: RE: O Carolans tribute
From: Mr Happy
Date: 07 Sep 09 - 04:59 AM

IMO the Carolan/ O'Carolan dispute has come about through the confusion of the running togother of his first & second names.

As in Turlough pronounced Turl-O plus Carolan


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Subject: RE: O Carolans tribute
From: GUEST,Fearghal
Date: 07 Sep 09 - 05:09 AM

Thanks guys,

fantastic info.........but (ahem) back to the original question:

The tune by Eddie Furey, O'Carolan's (or Carolan's) Tribute....any idea which album, apart from "The sound of the Fureys" it appeared on? I am desperate to get hold of this song! Perhaps another artist has released the tune?


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Subject: RE: O Carolans tribute
From: TheSnail
Date: 07 Sep 09 - 06:10 AM

Emigrant


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Subject: RE: O Carolans tribute
From: Smokey.
Date: 07 Sep 09 - 11:20 PM

The tune is also called 'Colonel John Irwin' in some publications.


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Subject: RE: O Carolans tribute
From: bubblyrat
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 04:16 AM

Sorry to harp on,guys,but in any case it's Turl-luch , as in "loch" (near as dammit),not Turl-lo,so negating your statement,Mr Happy !
Anyway,I think I prefer "Colonel John Irwin " !


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Subject: RE: O Carolans tribute
From: Mr Happy
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 10:15 AM

Not really negating my statement,as so many mispronounce it as 'Turlow' anyway!


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Subject: RE: O Carolans tribute
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 12:51 PM

" I am desperate to get hold of this song! "
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Well, Feargal, how well-acquainted are you with music on computers and with using MIDI? Give us a little information about what you need.

If you have music software, you can go to this site:

http://www.contemplator.com/carolan/complt.html

and search for 'Irwin'. Left click on the title to hear the tune, right click on the title to save it. Let's hope that people here are correct in saying that the song you want is based on 'Planxty Irwin.'

The beauty of MIDI software is that it gives you power over the song. You can change the key, change the speed, alter notes, change elefs, print it, write new parts, etc etc.
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But perhaps you use ABC. I bet you could find an ABC file of it at JC's Tunefinder, which is a wonderful site with traditional tunes in many formats. Come to think of it, go there first and see what you find.


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Subject: RE: O Carolans tribute
From: Stewart
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 02:44 PM

The tune is at thesession.org here. Click on the "comments" tab for a discussion of the tune and Turlough O'Carolan.

Apparently there were words to Planxty Irwin (aka Colonel Irwin). An English translation of the first verse:

We will take our way without delay
To see a Noble, brave and gay,
The gallant Colonel near the sea,
Him I mean to treat of;
With mirth and joy he fills his glasses,
Delights to cheer both lads and lasses,
This is John I will answer,
The brave English Irelander.

Cheers, S. in Seattle


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Subject: RE: O Carolans tribute
From: Smokey.
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 03:17 PM

'Colonel Irwin' and 'Colonel John Irwin' are two completely different tunes. 'Colonel John Irwin' is the one sometimes known as 'Planxty Irwin'.


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Subject: RE: O Carolans tribute
From: bubblyrat
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 06:37 PM

"Planxty" being a word invented by the great man himself, no ??


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Subject: RE: O Carolans tribute
From: Smokey.
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 07:19 PM

I'm not sure - I've certainly never seen it used outside his work, but then I've never seen a lot of things.


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Subject: RE: O Carolans tribute
From: Jack Campin
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 08:22 PM

OED says they don't know where "planxty" came from but they think it might be from Latin "plangere", to strike. It certainly isn't from Irish.

I'd guess maybe from Latin "planctus", lament. ("Elegy" was generalized to include poems that nothing to do with commemorating the dead, so why not that one as well?)


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Subject: RE: O Carolans tribute
From: Smokey.
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 08:47 PM

I thought this was a possibility (from Wiki) :

It is also believed that its origin may stem from the Irish phrase "phlean on ti" meaning "from the house of".


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Subject: RE: O Carolans tribute
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 09:02 PM

Fearghal, the only other recording I could find is on Itunes or Amazon, by "Screaming Orphans": you can just buy the one track if that's what you want. Nothing came up on all the Furey's currently available CDs.


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Subject: RE: O Carolan's tribute
From: Commander Crabbe
Date: 09 Sep 09 - 08:05 PM

Fearghal

it is also on "The Sound of the Fureys and Davy Arthur".

http://www.tagtuner.com/music/albums/The-Fureys-&-Davey-Arthur/The-Sound-of-The-Fureys-&-Davey-Arthur/album-v2cf9b

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