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Uachtar-chanus

from Edward Bunting, The Ancient Music of Ireland (Dublin 1840), page 22: The strings of the harp.


Irish uachtar-chanas spoken by Gráinne Yeats
Scottish Gaelic crònan uachdar-chanas spoken by Tony Dilworth

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Uachtar-chanus - Highest note

Here an initial noun may be omitted, for uachtar-chanas again looks like a relative verbal form, 'which sings highest' (uachtar means 'top, upper part'). On p.36 we have Uachdarchanus, 'Highest D in alt'.

Colm Ó Baoill 2002


Note that this is the highest string of the Downhill harp. Other instruments had different highest and lowest notes. For more on Chanus see Cronan ioctar-chanus.

Simon Chadwick 2008