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Helen O'Carolan's Air (33) RE: O'Carolan's Air 04 Apr 19

I remember someone sent me a scanned copy about 20 years ago of a tune which was supposedly by O'Carolan, and which had no identifying info in the title. It may even have been Suibhan because of this thread. I saw it in one of my music folders a few weeks ago. I hope I didn't throw it out.

I found it very difficult to make any sense of the tune. It seemed to be very generic in melody and I didn't think it resembled the other O'Carolan tunes I had heard.

Look what I just found: OíCarolanís Air, Betty Paret's First Harp Book

OíCarolanís Air, played by Josh Layne

Bingo! Look at the Josh Layne video at 1 minute 10 seconds. He briefly holds up the music, which is on the lower part of the right hand page. Depending on how good your eyesight is, you might be able to get a look at the music notation.

It doesn't sound like O'Carolan's Princess Royal tune at all to me, but Josh Layne's version rings a vague bell with me.

Alternatively, I'm wondering whether the book's author composed the tune, "inspired" by O'Carolan and named it for him.

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