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CAPTAIN MAGAN (Captain Mac Cean). Irish, Air or Planxty (6/8 time). G Minor/Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB: AA'B (Holden). Composed by blind Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738). O'Sullivan believes 'Captain Magan' is the same person as Morgan Magan (d. 1738) of Togherstown, County Westmeath, the subject of a popular O'Carolan air called "Morgan Megan/Magan." The versions printed by the Neale's, Mulholland and Holden are similar, remarks O'Sullivan, "but differ in their distribution of accidtnals; also they all have a key-signature of one flat instead of two."

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - John and William Neal's book of Carolan compositions (Dublin, c. 1721) [O'Sullivan].

Printed sources : - Complete Collection of Carolan's Irish Tunes, 1984; No. 93, p. 73. Smollet Holden (Collection of favourite Irish Airs), London, c. 1841; p. 28. Mulholland (Ancient Irish Airs), 1810; p. 28. John & William Neal (A Collection of the Most Celebrated Irish Tunes), 1724; p. 11a. O’Sullivan (Carolan: The Life, Times and Music of an Irish Harper), 1958; No. 93, p. 151.

Recorded sources: -



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