Toirdhealbhach Ó Cearbhalláin
Turlough O’Carolan

Turlough Carolan

For Carolan's life and music, the authoritative work is Donal O'Sullivan's book Carolan; the life, times, and music of an Irish harper. Originally published in 2 volumes by Routledge and Paul, London, in 1958, it was reprinted by Celtic Music, Louth, England (1991); A new single-volume edition is available from Ossian, Cork (2001).
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The best and most accessible edition of Carolan's songs is Tomás Ó Máille's book Amhráin Chearbhalláin: The Poems of Carolan, published by the Irish Text Society, No. 17, 1916, reprinted 1988.
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Siobhán Armstrong's CD Cláirseach na hÉireann - The Harp of Ireland (Maya MCD0401, 2004) includes excellent renditions of Seabhac na hÉirne (sung by Bríd Ní Mhaoilchiaráin), Carolan's Concerto, Carolan's Farewell To Music, Carolan's Reciept and Bridget Cruise all played on early Irish harp.
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Gráinne Yeats's online article The Rediscovery of Carolan is worth reading.

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