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


O'Carolan's lyrics for Fanny Power were in Gaelic, and can be found in Donal O'Sullivan's biography Carolan - The Life, Times, and
Music of an Irish Harper (published in 1958; probably found at a good library). This is the standard reference on the harper. O'Carolan wrote Fanny Power for the wedding of the daughter of a close friend of his; I believe the "Mrs. Power" of 'Carolan's Concerto' is a relative of Fanny Power, possibly her mother. Check O'Sullivan's book to be sure.

Certainly some of O'Carolan's tunes are played to death - but there are plenty that aren't. Coming up with imaginative arrangements is the key. I've done about 40 solo guitar arrangements of his tunes, and still finding others I'd like to learn. Although O'Carolan wrote his pieces on the harp, they don't all necessarily work best on that instrument. The compilation called Celtic Legacy (on Narada I believe) gives a good selection of approaches; musicians from all over contribute, on a variety of instruments. Give it a listen.


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