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

General Group Information


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 Jim Mcauley on June 25, 2012 at 19:30

Mike ,,
Here is  a lot of tunes in ABC format att. O' Carolan .
You will need a player like this to paste them into and play
the music back &  Also reduce speed Dial on software,

To the right Speed/Tempo

Get a free ABC player here -

Abc Navigator

Maybe you can use some of this in your Group ' O'Carolan '
Hope it's of some use to you !



Comment by Mike "Ormepipes" Orme on June 25, 2012 at 15:10

Hi Danny,

Thanks very much for your kind comments on the group. Suggestions for anything regarding the group are most welcome. It's been a bit of a "one man show" for a start because I did'nt want the cupboard to be bare if anyone came visiting! I will keep adding links into page3 though. I can't stop doing that because I'm finding too many precious gems!

The danger is that somebody might run away with the idea that I'm some sort of Carolan expert. Im actually not an expert at anything - just an enthusiastic amateur. I firmly believe that the group should belong to its members and not just me!

Speaking of members, we are having a recruitment drive! - so if you want to mention the groups existance to your mates, that would be grand!

Thanks again,


Comment by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez on June 25, 2012 at 14:24

Mike, my good friend!!! Thank you so much for the invitation to this group. I'm very impressed with its layout: Well Thought Out, Mate!!! I will definitely come to this group every time I log into TC. I agree wholeheartedly with Tony. Your tune of the week idea is wonderful. "Captain O'Kane" is a lovely tune that I now wish to learn, and Jim Mcauley's submission of "A Quarrel With The Landlady" is perfect for learning (I can see the performers hands well enough to learn it by ear and eyes,....will definitely add it too my favorites as well). It seems that you put alot of thought into the development of this group ( and it shows!!!). Well done, my friend (and Master Planner),....well done!!! Well I'm off to explore this group's comments and pages but I'll definitely comment more in the future (if you can stand it!!!). Cheers,


Comment by Mike "Ormepipes" Orme on June 23, 2012 at 10:58


If you think this weeks tune of the week is good - you should see next weeks !

Its all part of my master plan to keep existing members tuning in to the group and attracting new ones. If they miss "tune of the week" it may be 4 years before its repeated!

Comment by Tradconnect Reviews on June 22, 2012 at 21:13

I like your tune of the week idea there Mike. Nice tune as well

Comment by Mike "Ormepipes" Orme on June 19, 2012 at 14:35

I knew I could rely on you Jim to find us a cracker - I'm adding the link onto the "Carolan tunes from around utube" page. I'm hoping to build that as an archive of good versions. I also want to try and get as much variety of instrumentation in there as I can so, with your fiddling expertise..........................

Comment by Jim Mcauley on June 19, 2012 at 9:28

Mike -

Here's one of my favorite Carolan Tune's. A Quarrel With The Landlady ?
I think he was I love with her,  going by this Tune  - lol...



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