Carolan’s Receipt reel

By Turlough O’Carolan

Also known as Carolan’s Receipt For Drinking, Dr. John Stafford, Or Carolan’s Receipt, O’Carolan’s Receipt, O’Carolan’s Receipt For Drinking, Planxty John Stafford.

There are 24 recordings of this tune.

Carolan’s Receipt appears in 1 other tune collection.

Carolan’s Receipt has been added to 4 tune sets.

Carolan's Receipt has been added to 122 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Carolan's Receipt
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|g>f|edcB cBAG|E2 G>A G2 g>f|edcB cBcd|e2 AB A2 Bc|
dBde d2 ef|g2 fe d2 BA|BAGE AGED|E2 GA G2||
Bc|dBde dBAG|EFGA G2 Bc|dBde d2 Bd|e4 e3 g|
G2 G/A/B A2 AB/c/|B2 c/d/e d3 d|efgf edBd|e4 e2 ga|
babg agae|gfgd edcB|cBcd efgf|edeB A4|
BcBA G2 eg|dgBA G3 A|BAGE AGED|E2 GA G2||

Seven comments

Carolan’s Receipt

The story goes that Carolan drank too much and this made him ill. His doctor took him off drinking. But now Carolan felt even worse, so off he goes for a second opinion about his ilness. Enter Dr. John Stafford. The good old Doc’s receipt ( or prescription as we now refer to it ) was too have a drink ! Happily, Carolan’s spirits were lifted !
Derek Bell of the Chieftans play this peice on a CD of the same name. This CD, Carolan’s Receipt along with his CD Carolan’s Favourite, are devoted to the music of Carolan. Fantastic listening.

In part 2, bar 6, the last "C" semi quaver before the end of the bar shouldn,t be a "Middle C " but an octave higher sitting in the middle of the staff . Sorry. I’m New to ABC stuff.

E to F# in second to last line end of second bar.


Wonderful tune. I was recently playing this after a transcription in C from a lovely player who posts on Youtube. I was trying to transcribe by sight from this version, and the high e nat in the second bar of the six line of the sheet music kept bothering me. Shouldn’t it be an f#?

Not in any version I’ve heard, seen or played. But don’t let that stop you; if f# sounds better to you play f#.

I should have said the 1st bar of the 5th line. The last note in the second group of 8th notes. It may be more noticeable in C.

Carolan’s Receipt

Geoghegan includes this tune under the title ‘A Scotch Measure’ in his ‘Compleat tutor for the Pastoral or New Bagpipe’ published in London in 1743.