Carolan’s Cap polka

By Turlough O’Carolan

Also known as Carolan’s Nightcap, Carolin’s Nightcap, O’Carolan’s Cap, O’Carolan’s Nightcap.

There are 7 recordings of this tune.

Carolan’s Cap has been added to 1 tune set.

Carolan's Cap has been added to 17 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Carolan's Cap
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmix
G|F/E/D/C/ EG|c>d ed|cA GE|D2 DG/F/|
F/E/D/C/ EG|cc de|EG d/c/A|G2 G||
c/d/|eg ga|ge g/e/d/c/|
eg ag|ed de/g/|ag/e/ g/e/d/c/|
d/c/d/e/ ge/d/|cB/c/ dc|AG G||
X: 2
T: Carolan's Cap
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
G/F/E/D/ FA|d>e fe|dB AF|E2 EA/G/|
G/F/E/D/ FA|dd ef|FA e/d/B|A2 A||
fa ab|af a/f/e/d/|fa ba|fe ef/a/|
ba/f/ a/f/e/d/|e/d/e/f/ af/e/|dc/d/ ed|BA A||
A-part ~|EG d/c/B|C2- C||
B-part ~|cB/c/ d/c/A|AG G||F|EG d/c/B|C2- C||
A-part ~|FA e/d/c|d2- d||
B-part ~|dc/d/ ed|BA A||G|FA e/d/c|d2- d||

Five comments

I hope this .abc works &c. for it is the first tune I have submitted in this format. (Can I add an image of the score somehow?)

This is the tune as "The Complete Works of O’Carolan" gives it. I remember that there are some differences to the version I used to play many years ago on Celtic harp. But I cannot remember them, so here I stick to the work cited.

The abc will be made also into sheet music soon, but you’ll have to wait a bit. I’m curious to know about the part that says the meter is 1/8, how would you count that? Or was that a mistake?

The (former) 1/8 should be an upbeat. After playing around with the data for a bit I think that the mistake should now be fixed.

"Carolan’s Cap" ~ this transcription up a step for comparison…

X: 2
T: Carolan’s Cap
N: compare with ""The Lass Of Pattie’s Mill"
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: DMaj
A |\
G/F/E/D/ FA | d>e fe | dB AF | E2 EA/G/ |
G/F/E/D/ FA | dd ef | FA e/d/B | A2 A ||
d/e/ |\
fa ab | af a/f/e/d/ | fa ba | fe ef/a/ |
ba/f/ a/f/e/d/ | e/d/e/f/ af/e/ | dc/d/ ed | BA A |]

Major, as it resolves best on that tonic, not G Mixolydian, but C Major, consequently D Major in the given transposition. Here are ways of resolving both parts to show the Major in this ~
C Major
A-part ~ | EG d/c/B | C2- C ||
B-part ~ | cB/c/ d/c/A |AG G |] F | EG d/c/B | C2- C |]
D Major
A-part ~ | FA e/d/c | d2- d ||
B-part ~ | dc/d/ ed | BA A |] G | FA e/d/c | d2- d |]