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!