Mr O'Connor (Carolan)

  1. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    This Irish air by Turlough O'Carolan is somewhat unusual in that it has two separate halves, one in 3/4 time and the other in 6/8 (jig) time. It is tune No. 113 in Donal O'Sullivan's collection of Carolan tunes. Not the same tune as either "John O'Connor" or "Charles O'Connor"!

    My recording of the 3/4 section for two mandolins and tenor guitar uses a harmony part from:

    1898 Giuseppe Vinaccia mandolin
    Mid-Missouri M-0W mandolin
    Vintage Viaten tenor guitar

  2. David Hansen
    David Hansen
    Nicely done Martin, we must be on the same wavelength, I just posted a concertina version of this tune on my YouTube page, It was tough to play on the concertina maybe I should have tried it on the mandolin, you make it sound pretty good.
  3. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    Thanks, David. That concertina version sounds lovely -- well done!

    This is a somewhat unusual Carolan tune, and not one that is often heard. De Danann recorded it in 1989, and there is a Youtube recording of Alec Finn and Jackie Daly playing it several years earlier here (including both the 3/4 and the 6/8 sections). Interesting to note that we all play it quite fast, compared to most Carolan tunes. I think it needs to have some momentum to make it work.

  4. dustyamps
    Nice playing and recording, congratulations.
  5. Frithjof
    Both versions are so beautiful. Your different choice of instruments make it diverting to listen them in a row. Thanks, Martin and David.
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