Turlough O'Carolan (1670 - 1738)


Turlough O'Carolan (1670 - 1738)

A group dedicated to the life and music of this most prolific and celebrated Irish composer. A place to add links for his tunes and discuss both his life and contribution to the tradition. Here you will find the tune archives, links to websites giving free access to ABC's, Sheet Music and midi files, listings of Carolan related events "Tune of the Week" and much, much more!!!!!!

New members and contributions from existing members are always most welcome.

Location: Global
Members: 99
Latest Activity: Jan 5, 2021

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Welcome, let me take your coat and show you around.........

I propose us using this page for any discussion threads that anyone wants to launch as its the first thing you will see. You will also find "Carolan Tune of the Week" and "Events"here. Nominations for tune of the week from the video archive or the wider world are most welcome.

If you check out the box for "pages" on the right (below "members") you can see that 4 more pages already exist :- 

"Carolan on Tradconnect" - A collected video archive of Carolan tunes from the main Tradconnect video archive which feature fellow members.

"List of tunes attributed to Turlough O'Carolan" - Kind of speaks for itself!

"Carolan tunes from around utube" - I'm planning on us building this into an archive of as many of his tunes as we can find - and different versions of the same tunes. If you want anything added to this archive, post the link into the comments section on that page and I'll add it into the main section so that we can keep them in some sort of order (Alphabetical maybe?). There are now versions of 96 different Carolan tunes in this archive reflecting almost 1/2 of all known tunes attributed to him.

"Informative Links" - Links to other websites containing interesting and useful stuff like ABC's, Sheet Music and Midi Files etc.

Don't worry too much about the above - after all, a tidy group is the sign of a sick mind IMHO !! - and I can always sort things out!



No expense spared this week as we bring you not 2 but 3 for the price of one! It seemed to make sense as all 3 were written for the same patron. Carolan can sometimes be very confusing in this regard as many musicians only know 1 of the tunes and refer to it simply as, in this case, "Kean O'Hara". All well and good until you arrive at a session, announce that its the next tune "up" and then get 3 different tunes starting at the same time!!

It is also interesting to note that these multiple tunes for the same patron are usually referred to as different "settings". I always think that implys that they are merely variations when, in fact, they are completely different tunes.

Tracking the "right" tune down on utube can be a pain as well, most musicians seem content not to mention the "setting" of a tune in their title, so you never know quite what you are going to get!!!!



Kean O'Hara (1st air) - Solo Harp


Kean O'Hara (2nd air) - Ensemble


Kean O'Hara (3rd air) - Solo Harp http://youtu.be/0vBhNbLgF9Y


Please also check out the Tradconnect group for the Irish Harp




Keadue, County Roscommon, Ireland - 35th O'Carolan Harp Festival - 2013 - August 2nd - 5th


Nobber, County Meath, Ireland - O'Carolan Harp Cultural and Heritage Festival - 2013 - Exact dates TBC



O'Carolan Sessions - SHEFFIELD - The White Lion Public House, 615, London Road, Sheffield, S2 4HT - 1st Monday every month - 08:30pm start.

Discussion Forum

Carolan Tunes we are Learning

Started by Mike "Ormepipes" Orme. Last reply by Mike "Ormepipes" Orme Oct 3, 2018. 15 Replies

I thought it would perhaps be interesting to let members contribute details of any Carolan tunes they may be in the process of learning. Since starting this group I have been finding jewel after jewel amongst his tunes and many of them now have…Continue

Your favourite O'Carolan Tunes

Started by Mike "Ormepipes" Orme. Last reply by Mike "Ormepipes" Orme Dec 12, 2013. 23 Replies

If your anything like me, you choice of favourites from Carolan probably changes over time but I'm interested in starting a list going amongst the members to gauge some idea of individual tune popularity amongst us. By default, it could also give us…Continue

New Year resolution - MEMBERS CHALLENGE - Learn a "new" Carolan tune!

Started by Mike "Ormepipes" Orme. Last reply by Mary Margaret Jan 17, 2013. 12 Replies

In the interests of popularising the work of Carolan, I've had an idea. New year seemed like a great opportunity to launch this as an initiative for all the members of the Carolan group that we now have on the site. There are now 49 of us!! What I…Continue

A New Turlough O'Carolan tune I am learning.

Started by Jim Mcauley. Last reply by Mike "Ormepipes" Orme Sep 30, 2012. 1 Reply

                                                   '' Young Terence McDonough  ''I Also enclosed = Sheet music, Midi, And an Mp3 of a Harper player By - Gráinne Hambly http://grainne.harp.net/X:1 T:Young…Continue

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Comment by Aislinn Gagliardi on April 2, 2016 at 16:26

Hi All, Hope it's ok to post this here. Will be teaching a series of repertoire workshops of O'Carolan's music in April here in Chicago. Here's the link for anyone who is interested. Thanks!


Comment by Dick Glasgow on August 30, 2015 at 12:07

Blind Mary on Hammered Dulcimer, English concertina, fiddle & Tin Whistle.

Comment by Dick Glasgow on August 28, 2015 at 7:10
Squire Wood's Lamentation On The Refusal Of His Halfpence!
Comment by Fergus B on August 19, 2015 at 7:16
I've been listening my way through all the (DG) Soundcloud Carolan tunes and am looking forward to an album. Great stuff entirely!

Do let me know if this is on the cards.
Comment by Dick Glasgow on August 18, 2015 at 8:59
Yes Fergus, Sam plays Northumbrian Pipes & they're in F, which is a great key for the English Concertina.
Comment by Fergus B on August 18, 2015 at 8:28

Great stuff. Keep them coming.

Is that a Northumbrian smallpipe?

Comment by Dick Glasgow on August 18, 2015 at 6:30

& one more for good luck ~ Charles O'Connor, Cheers, Dick

Comment by Dick Glasgow on August 18, 2015 at 6:21

& while I'm at it, here's ~ Carolan's Welcome. Cheers, Dick

Comment by Dick Glasgow on August 18, 2015 at 6:20

& good old ~ Planxty Thomas Burke. :-)

Comment by Fergus B on August 17, 2015 at 21:39

Nice one Dick. I was struck by how modern it sounded - almost like the soundtrack for a Western movie.



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