One of Turlough O'Carolan's more popular compositions. Also titled as: "Sidh Beag, Sidh Mor"

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Comment by Ed Harris on July 31, 2011 at 15:56

Thank you so much for your kind comments Kierah! I too, have been enjoying your performances on this site very much, and intend to purchase your CD! You have a wonderful talent! And thank you Dick for your insightful response to Kierah's inquiry! Though I knew the tune had to do with "Little Hill/Big Hill", I did not know of the "warring fairy armies" or that the tune itself was "variant on one collected by Bunting"! I learned something new today!

 I am currently working on another of O'Carolan's lesser known tunes, #176 (untitled). I think this particular tune really demonstrates the genius of O'Carolan's ability to evoke a Classical Renaissance composition from the limitations of a diatonically tuned harp. I intend to perform this piece on my classical guitar since the strings are similar in composition to that of a harp's strings.

I am having such a wonderful time on this site sharing and listening to such wonderful talent and music from individuals such as yourselves! Thanks again for taking the time in responding to my posts! How exciting it is for me in meeting and making new friends from all over the world!

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Comment by Dick Glasgow on July 31, 2011 at 12:51
Kierah, RE: Si Bheag Si Mhor


Literally, Si Bheg Si Mhor means Little Hill Big Hill.

It is the local legend attached to the two hills of that name near Lough Scur, Co Leitrim.

Each of them has an ancient burial site at their peaks, and it may be these which inspired the tale of warring fairy armies, one of which, Finn McCool's Fianna suffered great defeat, resulting in his burial on Si Mhor.

The tune itself is a variant on one collected by Bunting, and published in his 'Ancient Music of Ireland'.

Carolan used the Bunting song-tune, 'The Bonny Cuckoo' as the basis for the first part of his own tune, but he composed the second part himself.

This tune is said to have been Carolan's first composition, at the age of twenty-one!




Comment by Kierah Raymond on July 31, 2011 at 7:04
What a lovely piece of music. I really enjoyed your guitar playing. What does "Sidh Beag, Sidh Mor" mean?
Comment by Ed Harris on July 2, 2011 at 14:56
Thank you Connie! I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Comment by Connie Rae Crone on July 2, 2011 at 4:34

Thank you for posting Ed ~ if there is music in heaven, it might sound like this...

Comment by Ed Harris on July 1, 2011 at 20:28

Thank you so much Tony, everyone's support here and their gracious comments mean a lot - sincerely! I am very impressed with your site and what it stands for. It is indeed a wonderful opportunity for all of us to be able to share and collaborate on the plethora of beautiful music of this genre!

My son, Kyle and I were bored last Saturday and collectively decided to try and put something together. We used a $200 Canon video camera, a black curtain draped over the patio door (you can see where it didn't completely provide coverage on the right side) and with much trial and error on microphone placement and sound, did 3 complete takes from different camera angles. Editing was a challenge in "syncing" everything up in order to make the "transitions" work, but we were pleased with the result coming from a couple of homebody amatuers!!

I do hope to post again in the near future, and I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful and talented community!

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Comment by Tradconnect Reviews on July 1, 2011 at 19:35

Hi Ed,

I usually leave the commenting on videos to the members, but I have to say that is one fine piece of music. Outstanding. How did you get that sound as well. You gotta post a few more.

Comment by Ed Harris on July 1, 2011 at 16:24

Thanks everyone for your support and wonderful comments!

Comment by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott on July 1, 2011 at 7:25

Lovely playing!


Comment by Dulahan on July 1, 2011 at 6:43

Beautiful version of O'Carolan's tune. Well filmed, great sound and played with great poise and dexterity. 10/10 Ed. Well done and thanks for posting.

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