Week #545 ~ Carolan's Welcome Home (Carolan's Welcome)

  1. Barbara Shultz
    Barbara Shultz
    Sorry for my delay in posting, it's been a crazy few days!

    This week's winner is Carolan'ds Welcome Home. I'm only finding notation for Carolan's Welcome, so I don't know if I inadvertently added the HOME to the title, or if there's another tune out there!

    Here's a link to 10 settings on thesession.org

  2. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    Thanks, Barbara. The second video you've posted is the one I recorded last July, using my Vinaccia bowlback. I used the "Welcome Home" title as this is what Allan Alexander says in his book, the source for my setting. I think it's more commonly just called "Carolan's Welcome". Same tune, though.

  3. Christian DP
    Christian DP
    Two nice versions by SAW-members, I especially like the fact, that David plays the eighth notes with a swing feeling and tried to emulate that. I transposed the tune from a to b minor, so I could work on my third position playing, that's still in need of some improvememt.
  4. John Kelly
    John Kelly
    Nicely done, Christian. Your graphics are becoming quite a feature in the videos.
  5. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    Thanks for the motivation Gents!
    Very nice Christian, I like the the antiquated, pre-colonial feel to it.

    -also, planet Earth is fine, but let’s not forget that there are more than 300,000 habitable planets in our galaxy alone...
  6. Bertram Henze
    Bertram Henze
    Simon says 300,000 habitable planets in our galaxy
    Ahaa - O'Carolan is not dead, then - he signalled one of their ships to pick him up and take him home
  7. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    Yes Bertram, but our galaxy is up to 200,000 light years across -O’Carolan’s message, traveling at light speed, won’t even be heard for a very, very long time.
  8. Gelsenbury
    Well played, Christian! And David and Martin, too.

    This tune is very special to me, not just because it's from O'Carolan. When we got married nearly 8 years ago now, we asked the wonderful harp player Ramona Egle to play at the church and the reception afterwards. This is one of the tunes she played. A very gentle flowing melody that sounded amazing on the harp. I'll never forget it.

    Perhaps it's time to learn it.
  9. phb256

    I like the way this one sounds on the mandocello, except for those couple of notes that didn't come out too clearly. From the video it looks like I need to work on keeping my fingers closer to the fretboard too.
  10. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    Fine steady playing Paul. I like that tone too, but it makes me want to buy a mandocello!
    I wonder what it sounds like with the capo at 5th?
  11. Gelsenbury
    Well done, Paul! It's nice to hear a mandocello.
  12. John Kelly
    John Kelly
    Well played, Paul. You are stretching well and getting the pinkie working on that long fingerboard - you look like you have quite small hands (?) Have you tried moving your left hand round slightly, by bending your wrist a bit more (like a classical guitarist)? This would let your fingers reach across to the lower strings more easily, I feel.
  13. Frithjof
    Sounds great on that mandocello.
  14. phb256
    Thanks, everyone. John - I think the camera perspective causes some distortion, but the fret spacing does require quite a stretch for me. I see what you mean about hand position though. On a bass guitar, my thumb would be in the middle of the neck, on the back. The mandocello lets me get lazy about that because the width is thinner. One of the benefits of making these videos is that it helps me to see what I need to work on.
  15. Bertram Henze
    Bertram Henze
    just as long as your fingers land on time, don't worry too much about their intermediate flight, Paul. Mine are in the air most of the time.
  16. Gelsenbury

    Here we are, Carolan's Welcome on solo mandolin. Work isn't great at the moment, so this was a welcome reminder of happy times. O'Carolan was quite the magician for melody.
  17. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    Lovely playing there Dennis, calm and gentle.

    About the animal act, so now we are using crows as extras in our vids?
    Shameless, but that’s show business- excellent, very effective. Well done.

    Bertram you play like a Golden Eagle, majestic, soaring over the valley, ready to pounce on the fretboard.
    -more vids!
  18. John Kelly
    John Kelly
    Very clean and relaxed playing, Dennis. It is good to hear just a simple solo version of a tune at times.
  19. Christian DP
    Christian DP
    Two fine new solo versions: Paul on a big mandodello and Dennis on his nice sounding mandolin.
  20. Gelsenbury
    Thank you. John, you should have seen me shouting at myself just before this take after the umpteenth time of failing to play without errors. I managed to calm myself back down for this take.
  21. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    No problems Dennis, most of us have been there at sometime or other.
    -you should have seen me yesterday, smiling behind my mask, but almost losing it at our local events stadium, and then jumping back on my bicycle to leave!

    I really like your vids for their playful, experimental, spiritual and ethereal nature.
    Have you posted any aggressive, heavy rhythm tunes?
    (Aggressive meaning: positive, driving, high energy etc)
  22. Bertram Henze
    Bertram Henze
    The result is what counts, Dennis, not the hardships we undergo to produce it - those hardships are lessons for our own benefit, not the listeners', that's what separates us from weightlifters. Your playing of the piece appears light and carefree in spite of the effort, that's how you recognise a true hero.
  23. Frithjof
    Nice version, Dennis. Clean sound with good sustain.
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