Mrs Anne MacDermott Roe
Written by Carolan. This is no. 82 from Donal O’Sullivan’s book about Carolan. I got very confused about
the various Mrs. MacDermott Roes. Mary was Carolan’s friend and patron. Anne married Mary’s oldest
son Henry and this tune was made to celebrate her wedding (Carolan was in disfavour with Mary for not
putting her son’s name first to head the song - however the ill feeling disappeared quickly!)
Maybe not strictly a polka but a good tune. I couldn’t find it elsewhere on the Session.
Mrs. Anne MacDermott Roe
This is a Carolan tune, not a polka. Listing it as a polka gives it the correct time signature here. This transcription is from Donal O’Sullivan’s book, Carolan The Life and Times of an Irish Harper, which is probably the definitive work on Carolan. Mrs Anne McDermott Roe was the wife of Henry McDermott Roe the younger. O’Sullivan’s book provides a great deal more background and an interesting story on Carolan’s involvement in the marriage of that couple.
I play this tune with a repeating A Part, played in the upper octave for the 1st three measures. Most versions I have heard repeat the A part often playing that first phrase in the upper octave on one of the repeats. I Highly recommend Lynn Saoirse’s recording on her CD The Seas are Deep, which I have just posted. You can her her version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXnEpLxOguM&list=OLAK5uy_n0JUwzhn6fb7sc4POLQ4vZp91GHc63Eyo&index=2
Re: Mrs. Anne MacDermott Roe
I see now this tune is already here as tune #16479, don’t know why I did not find it before. I will add my comments there and try and figure out how to remove this so as to not confuse things.