Carolan's Welcome

  1. David Hansen
    David Hansen
    Carolan's Welcome by Turlough O'Carolan is usually played in Am. I have dropped it down a whole step to Gm so that the B part isn't so tinny & thin sounding.

  2. woodenfingers
    Hi David, That was great!! Hadn't heard that one before, you got me playing it now... Loved your rhythm and the harpsichord.
  3. Bertram Henze
    Bertram Henze
    That harpsichord gives it the very baroque feeling O'Carolan probably always aimed for. Goes well with the copperplate-print-like pics.
  4. Eddie Sheehy
    This was tucked away in another thread from 2010... Played on a Beard OM...

  5. dustyamps
    No mandolin but my tenor guitar is tuned GDAE.
  6. Gelsenbury
    Nicely done! This piece was played at my wedding, by the amazing harp player, Ramona Egle. I must learn it.
  7. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    I recorded a quite different arrangement of this slow air by Turlough O'Carolan a while back. This new recording uses a harmony part from the book "Celtic Music for Mandolin" by Allan Alexander and Jessica Welsh.

    For a lute (or harp)-like tonality, I have played melody and harmony on a double-tracked nylon-strung bowlback mandolin (a retuned ukulele) over tenor guitar arpeggios.

    "Baroq-ulele" nylgut-strung mandolin (x2)
    Ozark tenor guitar

  8. dustyamps
    Nice recording and blend of instruments Martin, congrats.
  9. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    Another of my re-recordings of arrangements we play with our weekly mandolin group -- same arrangement as my 2015 recording above, but different instrumentation.

    My arrangement of this Irish slow air by Turlough O'Carolan is based on a harmony by Allan Alexander & Jessica Welsh, from "Celtic Music For Mandolin".

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

  10. Gelsenbury
    And I still haven't learnt this one ... Nice recording, Martin.
  11. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    I’ve printed it out Dennis, well played Martin. Got to record this soon.
  12. Bertram Henze
    Bertram Henze
    Lovely, Martin. That mandolin makes it sound more Italian than O'Carolan ever hoped for, I suspect. I especially like the duet in the second half.
  13. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    Va tutto bene, ma oggi piove.
    -no idea what that means but it’s in Italian!
  14. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    Thanks for the kind comments. Yes, using the bowlback gives it quite a different character, but as we use bowlbacks when we play it with our group, I'm used to that.

    Bertram: I also really like the effect of having the two voices together. It's not really a harmony but rather a counter melody -- the part was written by Allan Alexander as a melody variation to be played separately after the main tune rather than as an accompaniment, but it works really nicely this way. We play it like that all the time.

  15. Frithjof
    Nice recordings by everyone - with different arrangements and instrumentations.
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