The Wexford Carol waltz

Also known as Carúl Inis Chárthaigh.

There are 11 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Wexford Carol has been added to 4 tune sets.

The Wexford Carol has been added to 81 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Wexford Carol
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Fdor
C2 F2 F =E| F6 |G2 =A2 B2 |c6 |=A2 B2 =A2|F2 C4|D2 E2 F2|E6|
C2 F2 F =E| F6 |G2 =A2 B2 |c6 |=A2 B2 c2 |=A2 F4|G2 F2 F2|F6|
F2 F2 e2|c2 B4|G2 _A2 B2 |_A6|cB _A2 G2|F2 C4|D2 E2 F2|E6|
C2 F2 F =E|F6|G2 =A2 B2|c6|=A2 B2 c2|=A2 F4|G2 F2 F2|F6|
C2 "F"F2 "F"F =E|"F"F6|"Cm"G2 "F"=A2 "Bb"B2|"F"c6|"F"=A2 "Bb"B2 "F"=A2|"F"F2 "F"C4|"Bb"D2 "Cm"E2 "F"F2|"Cm"E6|
"F"C2 "F"F2 "F"F =E|"F"F6|"Cm"G2 "F"=A2 "Bb"B2|"F"c6|"F"=A2 "Bb"B2 "F"c2|"F"=A2 "F"F4|"Cm"G2 "F"F2 "F"F2|"F"F6|
"F"F2 "F"F2 "Cm"e2|"F"c2 "Bb"B4|"Cm"G2 "Fm"_A2 "Bb"B2|"Fm"_A6|"F"cB "Fm"_A2 "Cm"G2|"F"F2 "F"C4|"Bb"D2 "Cm"E2 "F"F2|"Cm"E6|
"F"C2 "F"F2 "F"F =E|"F"F6|"Cm"G2 "F"=A2 "Bb"B2|"F"c6|"F"=A2 "Bb"B2 "F"c2|"F"=A2 "F"F4|"Cm"G2 "F"F2 "F"F2|"F"F6|
X: 2
T: The Wexford Carol
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
C FF/E/| F3G AB | c3 A BA | F C2 D _ED | _E3 C FF/=E/ |
F3 G AB | c3 A Bc |A F2 G FF|F3 ||!
F F_e|c B3 G _AB | _A3 c/B/ AG|F C2 D _ED |_E3 C FF/=E/|
F3 G AB | c3 A Bc |A F2 G FF|F3 ||!
X: 3
T: The Wexford Carol
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D GG/F/| G3A Bc | d3 B cB | G D2 E =FE | =F3 D GG/^F/ |
G3A Bc | d3 B cd | B G2 A GG | G3 ||!
G G=f|d c3 A =Bc | =B3 d/c/ BA|G D2 E =FE | =F3 D GG/^F/ |
G3A Bc | d3 B cd | B G2 A GG |G3 ||
X: 4
T: The Wexford Carol
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
E AA/^G/| A3B cd | e3 c dc | A E2 F GF | G3 E AA/^G/ |
A3B cd | e3 c de | c A2 B AA | A3 ||!
A Ag|e d3 B =cd | =c3 e/d/ cB|A E2 F GF | G3 E AA/^G/ |
A3B cd | e3 c de | c A2 B AA | A3 ||

Thirteen comments

Christmas Spirit

I heard this on Sunday at a carol service. I was surprised that I hadn’t heard it before, given that it’s been recorded by Loreena McKenitt and the Voice Squad among others. Seems to be a traditional air or song; makes me wonder what might have happened to the original words, if there were any.

There’s a good arrangement of it here:
http://www.sibeliusmusic.com/cgi-bin/show_score.pl?scoreid=74761

and the words are here:
http://www.musicanet.org/robokopp/eire/goodpeop.htm

Chieftains

This was sung by Nanci Griffith on "Chieftains Celebration". I’ve been having a dreadful time finding it online and I am happy that it’s found its way to the session. Too bad it starts with a low C, gonna have to mess with it or something to play on my flute.

For flute/ whistle

I always played this in A mix, I think. Anyway whatever, start it on a low E and follow to finish on an A - couple of sharps/flats on high part. Lovely air.

A flat or nat?

Is the A in measure 13 (and other reiterations of the phrase) supposed to be natural or flat? The key signature says flat, but as all other A flats are marked and as the indicated chord has an A natural, I’d be grateful for clarification.

Thanks!

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It surely sounds like a mistake. I’ve heard a few versions and I’ve never heard it that way.

Yes, that should be an A natural. Prob. just a ‘typo’ by whoever wrote it down.

Gaelic

Anybody know the Gaelic lyrics?

Woodwind friendly key?

3 flats is a perfectly crappy key for diatonic woodwinds in D. Is there a transcription anywhere in a more accessible key?

Setting#2 is exactly the same version as setting#1, but I have made some alterations to the notation, which, I think, make the tune easier to read.
1. I have halved the note values, to make the phrases scan better within the 3/4 time signature (the whole first bar of setting #1 is treated as an anacrusis).
2. I have changed the key signature to F major (one flat) and shown the other flats as accidentals. This seemed more fitting, since the tune resolves onto F major and more of the tune is in the major than in the minor.

My placing of the bar lines is open to dispute: some might argue that they should be shifted forward by one crotchet.

Setting #3 is transposed into G for the benefit of D whistle players, pipers etc. and anyone not comfortable with playing in flat keys.

Setting #4 is transposed into A, for the benefit of those than don’t like playing F-naturals.

…As an afterthought, I changed the key signature of setting #3 to two sharps, lest a G# in the key signature be a deterrent to whistles and flutes.