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:
and the words are here:
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.
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.
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?
Here it is.
You’re welcome. Mazel Tov!
Recording: Celtic Woman
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.
Re: The Wexford Carol
On this Christmas Day!
5 Traditional Christmas Carols from Ireland ( Wexford Carol ) , Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man & England on Nyckelharpa, Fiddle, English Concertina & Mandolin!
The Wexford Carol, X:5
My friend sent this to me. We both live at an ashram in Kerala, India (amritapuri.org) with a world-renowned humanitarian and saint - Amma. People from all over the world live here, and at Christmas we’ll be performing our Celtic set : )
Re: The Wexford Carol - Boys of the Lough
The Boys of the Lough did a fine version of it on their Midwinter’s Dream album: might give you some more ideas for your Christmas set, ammasrajeswari!
Re: The Wexford Carol
The Wexford Carol as named in the Oxford book of carols published in 1928 and edited by Percy Dearmer; Ralph Vaughan Williams and Martin Shaw is carol No. 14. This beautiful melodic Christmas Carol is known in County Wexford as the Enniscorthy Christmas Carol. It was collected c.1911 by Dr. William Henry Grattan Flood in the Coolamain area of Oylgate just approx. 7 miles from Enniscorthy. Dr. Flood transcribed the melody and the lyrics from an elderly lady living in the area. Initially sung by the children of St. Aidan’s National School, Enniscorthy it was quickly taken up by many singers in the area spreading its popularity both locally and abroad by missionary priests from Enniscorthy. The carol is deemed to have medieval origins and is simple in construction. The lyrics of the carol give the full Christmas story in its verses. William Henry Grattan Flood D. Mus., musician and author was organist at St. Aidan’s Cathedral Enniscorthy. Liam Gaul