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Vinland Lyr Add: Fanny Power (Alfred Percival Graves) (19) RE: Lyr Add: Fanny Power 06 Nov 02


Malcolm,

Planxty Fanny Power is one of the most beautiful tunes ever written in my humble opinion. Simple, yes, but so is Greensleeves, The Rights of Man, Give Me Your Hand, and any number of other great tunes. I've done a a dozen different arrangements of the tune over the years and still find new ways of interpreting it.

By the way, I doubt if Carolan ever sung the lyrics he wrote for it. It is generally felt that he recited (or chanted) the lyrics while playing the tune - in the style of the ancient harpers. This might explain the difficulty in singing the melody, which is very instrumental in character. I've accompanied singers performing it, and never felt that it worked as a song. Maybe Carolan was an early rapper!

EW


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