The compositions of Turlough O’Carolan
The compositions of Turlough O’Carolan - why is it that whilst he was responsible for around 200+ tunes, the vast majority of trad musicians seem to know only a handful of tunes from the same list of maybe 20?
I am prompted to ask this question because I have been discovering his wider work recently and been finding absolute gems of tunes that nobody seems to be playing.
The "list of 20" is only an approximation, but how many of you regularly play anything of his that is NOT :-
Carolan’s Welcome (AKA 171)
Bridget Cruise (3)
Si Bheag Si Mhor
Carolan’s Quarrel with the Landlady
Carolan’s receipt (AKA Dr John Stafford)
Carolan’s Farewell to Music
George Brabazon (2)
Squire Wood’s Lamentation
Miss MacDermott (AKA The Princess Royal)
Lament For Owen Roe O’Neill