Notes from the Arranger
This tune is believed to be a composition of Ireland’s best known harper and comoposer Turlough O’Carolan (1670–1738). Carolan was a blind harper who travelled throughout Ireland composing tunes and songs in honour of his various patrons. Over 200 of his melodies survive. His style was influenced by the old Gaelic harp music, folk music and Italian Baroque music which was very popular among his patrons at the time. The main authority on Carolan’s music, Dónal O Sullivan, states the following – Captain O’Kane (or O’Cahan) [was] a ‘sporting’ Irishman of a distinguished County Antrim family who was well-known in his day as “Slasher O’Kane” (O’Sullivan, ‘Carolan: The Life, Times and Music of an Irish Harper’, 1958).
NOTE: 3-note chords should generally be played rolled.