I think this is another O’Carolan composition - it would fit well with tunes like South Wind, Fanny Power, S
You’re right, this i s an O’ Carolan tune.
Great tune, not a waltz
"Lord Inchiquin" was one of the first Carolan tunes I heard and learned, and is still one of my favorites.
I looked "Lord Inchiquin" up in Donal O’Sullivan’s book ("Carolan: The Life Times and Music of an Irish Harper" Cork, Ireland: Ossian Publications Ltd., 2001 ISBN 1-900428-71-7 for the paperback edition) and found nothing to indicate how Carolan himself intended it to be played. It’s played much faster than a waltz on the recordings I’ve heard, so that’s probably why I think of this as a "fast" Carolan tune.
As has been noted on several other Carolan tunes in 3/4 time, Carolan technically didn’t compose any waltzes because the waltz hadn’t been invented yet. Many of his 3/4 tunes work well as waltzes, but try speeding this one up. I love the ascending scale runs in the B part.
Nice tune. I learned it off a Dubliners album yonks ago :):):)
Has anyone ever tried writing out Cormac Breathnach’s improvisations on this tune?
The Chieftains play a g in the first part: A2|d2 de fe|d2 ed cB|A2 F2 A2|g3 f e2|
Not a Waltz
While I appreciate Sarah’s suggestion to speed this up, as a fingerstyle guitar player, I play this one in an altered tuning (CGCGCD) and I slow it down considerably to about 116 per quarter note. It works out really well this way and, if playing with others, I can capo at 2nd fret to keep it in D.